COME to the AGM and find out what's been happening in the last 12 months.

2017 AGM Announced

Find out what our club has achieved with you, and for you, in the last 12 months.

You are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society Inc. Here is your chance to shape the future of our society. Take part and have your say in the direction of our society – fresh ideas are welcome!
Date: Tuesday 31 October 2017
Time: Nibbles from 6:30 pm. Meeting starts 7:00 pm 
Venue: Coorparoo RSL Club- 45 Holdsworth St, Coorparoo QLD 4151
Bring your ukulele as we open and close the meeting with a song.

To attend the meeting, you must be a financial member of BUMS Inc. Join here.

All positions are declared vacant and nominations are always welcome. Positions declared vacant before each Annual General Meeting include President, Vice President, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Media Manager, Properties Manager, IT Officer, Event Manager, Gigmeister & Festival Director.

The existing executive committee has added a new position, Event Manager. If you want to give back to your society, have fun and make new friends, and are a good organiser this could be you!

Download a description of all positions  BUMSInc_RolesandResponsibilities v2

Download the minutes of the last BUMS Inc committee meeting

Nominees, nominators and seconders must be financial members of BUMS Inc for the 2017–2018 financial year. To nominate, second a nomination, or be nominated for a position, please download a nomination form and return to the Secretary by Sunday 15 October.

For more information contact Judy at secretary@brisbaneukulele.com

1. Download the nomination form for committee positions. Download Nomination Form
2. Nominate or Second someone for a position. The nominee must sign the nomination paper accepting the nomination. A nominee does not have to be present at the AGM to be considered /elected if the nomination is submitted correctly.
3. Send in your position nomination by Sunday 15 October to secretary@brisbaneukulele.com.
4. RSVP to secretary@brisbaneukulele.com by Sunday 15 October so we can cater for you and send you the AGM agenda and minutes.
5. Come along (with your uke) at 6:30 pm on Tuesday 31 October, for refreshments and a song before the meeting fun begins!

Hope to see as many of you as possible at the AGM to bring fresh ideas to our society.

Lost Concert Ukulele Found

UPDATE: Great news! Our lost uke is on its way home!

Putting out an ‘all ukes alert’ for a much-loved ukulele accidentally left behind at the Wednesday 7 June Coorparoo jam.

Jennifer’s husband playing the missing concert ukulele.

It’s a concert ukulele in a ‘tweed’ hard case (covered with gold and brown pin-striped fabric). Please contact Jennifer by emailing crowther.jj@gmail.com if you have taken it home by mistake or for safe keeping.

The case looks something like this:

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For Ukulele Teachers & Leaders

Teaching ukulele or leading a uke group? Looking for guidance or inspiration? Excited to share your experiences with others?

Looking for exciting, affordable professional development to top off your school holiday experience?

Come to the annual AUTLA workshop day being offered from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Friday 29 September at the South Bank TAFE campus as part of SPRUKE 2017. Ukulele teachers, classroom teachers with an interest in ukulele, music teachers offering ukulele, and ukulele group, band or club leaders will benefit from the wealth of talent and experience that contributes to the workshop day’s fun and frivolity.

Ukulele Leader Group Therapy – ‘It happened to me!’

AUTLA Ukulele Teachers & Leaders Sharing & Support Day

The Australian Ukulele Teachers and Leaders Association Incorporated supports and promotes the teaching of ukulele in the community, and as a part of school music programs. Check out the aims of AUTLA on the website at www.autla.org.au.  At SPRUKE 2017, AUTLA will provide a forum for ukulele teachers and leaders to discuss and share information about community and school ukulele groups, to play music together, and to have some serious fun! The day’s activities culminate in the 2017 AUTLA Inc Annual General Meeting at 4:10 pm.

Download the program for Ukulele Leader Group Therapy – ‘It happened to me!’ (PDF 475 KB)

Registration: $50 ($40 for members) Register for the day-long workshop with PayPal from the link on the AUTLA webpage at www.autla.org.au

Queensland teachers who would like a PD certificate for the workshop day, please contact Keryn Henderson, SPRUKE 2017 Festival Secretary, via festival@spruke.net.au.

Email: autla.inc@gmail.com     Website: http://www.autla.org.au    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AUTLAINFO/

Proudly supported by BUMS Inc and SPRUKE 2017.

Membership Dues & News

The end of financial year is fast approaching … and membership fees will be due.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

Annual membership fees of $50 are due on 1 July 2017 for the 2017-2018 financial year.

Please note that as incorporated body, our management committee has a legislated responsibility to keep accurate up-to-date membership records. Help us get it right.

Please complete a BUMS Membership Renewal Form (2017) to confirm your contact details, and send it to treasurer@brisbaneukulele.com with your transaction record, or fill in a form at the members’ sign-in desk if you renew on a jam night.

NEW MEMBERS

For new members … the bargain of the year is pay now and get June free!

What’s in it for you?

Membership fees help us to maintain our performance and audio visual equipment, hire venues for jams, offer concerts and workshops, and run our biennial ukulele festival, SPRUKE. And you get …

  • Free entry to all of our large monthly jams
  • Discounts at a range of workshops and concerts
  • Discounts at certain retail outlets on presentation of membership card
  • The right to vote at general meetings
  • The right to nominate positions on the society’s committees

BUMS on the ABC

Cheeky BUMS celebrate 10 years of hitting the high notes!

Media Manager Jo Kunde and Duke Uke’m hit the airwaves at ABC Brisbane as part of BUMS Inc 10th Birthday celebrations. Thank you to the charming Craig Zonca for having them on his Breakfast Show.

The interviews and performance can be heard via this link:

http://www.abc.net.au/radio/brisbane/programs/breakfast/bums-performance/8492292

 

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Build the Blues Workshop

UPDATE: The Build The Blues Workshop is on! 

Zillmere Hall- 52 Murphy Road, Zillmere, Brisbane, Queensland 4034
Saturday 15 July 2017
Workshop 9:30 am-11:30 am (Door Opens 9:15 am)

There are only 24 places in this workshop.
Please book to secure your place and any payment due will be taken at the door on the day of the workshop. When the workshop is full there is a waiting list, and we will notify you if a place becomes available.

BOOK YOUR PLACE: https://www.trybooking.com/QOVG

BUMS Inc members 2017- 2018 are FREE.
Non-members are $25
Please note ALL BUMS Inc membership renewal is due on 1 July. Renew or join before the workshop and it’s FREE! More details to renew or join Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society Inc (BUMS)

The workshop focuses on how to construct the different parts of a slow blues song, and covers the following techniques:

  • background soft strumming
  • background fingerstyle fill
  • fingerstyle intro
  • fingerstyle/instrumental outro
  • lead instrumental

You’ll need a good knowledge of basic chords (Major, Minor, Seventh), an ability to change chords confidently and some basic skills in fingerstyle.

Please contact Derek at derek@totallyinsane.com.au if you have any questions.

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Peter McMeel and Brendan Williams are bringing a bit of the Irish to Toowong Bowls Club

Ukulele Plays Irish

Peter McMeel and Brendan Williams are bringing a bit of the Irish to Toowong Bowls Club this May.

Check it out if you are looking for a new challenge and want to advance your skills in a new, highly addictive direction.
• Toowong Bowls Club, 59 Gailey Road, Taringa QLD 4068
• Every Thursday night. Starting 25 May.
• 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm. The session extends into “All Instruments” at around 6:30 pm and continues till around 8 pm.
• Ukes tuned in D for Celtic. See notes on tuning below.

“Ukuleles are very versatile string instruments and can be tuned to many pitches. To play Irish you will tune up one whole step from C to D. Instead of the usual GCEA the strings are now tuned to ADF#B. Now your uke handles the Irish repertoire with much greater ease. As well, believe it or not, ukuleles will sound even more fantastic when they are tuned to D! Try it and let me know!

Irish Traditional Music, ITM, is based around the Keys of D, G, Em and Am. These keys can be easily played if your ukulele is tuned to D. The scale pattern of C becomes a D scale. The F scale becomes a G scale and so on. Most of you will know a C scale if you have tried to play melody on your C tuned ukulele. It will be the first scale you learnt. That C pattern now becomes a D scale on your D tuned instrument. You are now prepared to easily play many Irish tunes. There are hundreds of catchy easy songs and tunes in D. You play in D by playing the patterns you learned on your C tuned uke.

The chords are easy too. The C chord shape becomes a chord that sounds a D, F becomes G, and the G chord shape becomes an A chord. It’s that simple! The appropriate change in your head occurs very quickly if you keep one uke always tuned to D. When you pick that uke up you start to think D tuning! I kid you not!
Because ITM repertoire is so attractive to the ear you can quickly join in with lots of the music played in the ITM sessions around the world. Brendan Williams, mentor of 30 years, and I will be delighted to show you how to learn it. We taught ourselves to do it. Having played string instruments before, it came readily to us. We do understand it will be a bit harder for some other players, but we will guide you every step of the way if you wish. We know you already have plenty of great musical skills if you are a regular BUMSter.

This is why we have designed our Toowong Bowls Club Thursday night sessions with a slow quiet ukulele based segment at 5:30 PM. Slow and quiet so you can hear yourself and us play easily. The material will be available as lyric sheets, chord progression charts and music notation on Dropbox. We can help you learn music notation too as we know that is the fastest way to learn music in any context. Music used to be learnt just by ear but now people learn best by ear and by reading at around the same time. When I now see the structure of the music I can learn it much faster! It’s amazing how little this is appreciated even today.

ITM sessions are without charts in front of players, although you can have some music charts at the slow sessions at first. All the music is very gradually learned by memory, usually songs first.

You can do this by focusing on the easiest and catchiest music you hear, the music that you love the most. This is probably how you first learned to play the ukulele anyway. Then if you have a chart at home you can study a complete tune in your own time. It speeds things up too if you record the first piece you want to learn on your phone at the session or at another time for study purposes. The easiest pieces to learn are songs. Songs are lots of fun but if a piece doesn’t turn you then don’t do it! Make it a rule to only do the fun bits.

You can use your C tuned ukulele but it will work much better if you keep one uke especially tuned to D, like I do. Of course you will also have much more fun if you get some specific lessons on techniques and repertoire.
It’s going to be fun. It’s going to work. It’s going to work for you.”

This will be something different for any of our players. Please contact Peter at peter.mcmeel45@gmail.com or just turn up on Thursday 25th May, grab a beer and cheap pizza. Brendan and Peter will answer all the questions you have but please bear in mind it’s a live session, not a workshop.
Why not have a craic?

Check the News & Events Page for all the latest info on  jams and performances.

Points on Tuning
The ukulele will be tuned up one whole step from C to D. GCEA becomes ADF#B.
D tuning can be high or low on string 4, in the same way as C. High tuning produces a wonderfully sweet and addictive harp like sound. Low tuning will extend the melodic range of the instrument a very handy amount, because ukuleles otherwise have quite a limited range. Watch out! God forbid, you may eventually wish to have a ukulele specially preserved in each tuning!

New Life Members!

Congratulations to Jo Kunde and Chrissy Heinrich on being awarded Life Membership of BUMS Inc in recognition of their outstanding and dedicated contributions to BUMS activities.

Ian announces Life Members, Jo and Chrissy, 2017

BUMS on a 10-Year High

Amazingly, the Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society Inc (affectionately known as BUMS) — that turns ten this May — continues to ride high on the wave of the 21st Century ukulele revival. A tiny ripple begun by Sammy Lovejoy’s email invitation to a ukulele gathering on Wednesday 2 May 2007 at the Tiki Bar in Newstead, is now a torrent of ukulele activities. The trickle of enthusiastic musicians seeking to expand their musical repertoire, has risen with the ukulele tide to an all-time high of over 300 voting musicians and 20 young associate members. Each month, BUMS jams are awash with new and continuing members, visitors and the occasional celebrity.

Thanks to the foresight of past President, Bruce Uhlhorn and Treasurer, Garry Collins, the small informal gathering of like-minded musicians is now an incorporated body boasting six jams each month, three adult and one junior community band, several workshops per year and a biennial festival.

Garry and Bruce ‘at the office’, Coorparoo, 2010

BUMS of today owe a huge debt of gratitude to the original Performing BUMS (of which there were too many to name separately), who sought paid gigs to finance their altruistic vision of sharing the uke-love through well-resourced jam venues and community bands. BUMS are also very grateful to Coorparoo Bowls Club for giving us our first home base, and Guitar Brothers and Music Express for the raffles prizes in the early days. Throughout it all, Blair Marks continues to ensure that BUMS always sound their best.

 

The first BUMS performance was at the Stitches Comedy festival at QPAC in 2008. With a taste for the thrill of performing, leading members established The Performing BUMS. The group’s inclusive and encouraging philosophy saw BUMS musicians grow in confidence, performing local gigs and representing the Brisbane uke scene at the Cairns and Melbourne ukulele festivals from 2009.

Sammy & Danny, QPAC, 2008

Sammy & Danny, QPAC, 2008

 

Tony Richardson, Christine Heinrich, Joe Banks, Kahiwa Sebire, Brisbane’s Big Ukulele Jam, 2011

Kahiwa Sebire, , Kirsty Gillespie, Bruce Uhlhorn, Ross Clark, Brisbane’s Big Ukulele Jam, 2011

The first festival run by the Society was the 2011 Brisbane’s Big Ukulele Jam. The Performing BUMS and The BUMS Big Band featured in the main concert held at the Melbourne Street Green outside QPAC.

The BUMS Big Band, a Coorparoo-based community band started by Milton Scully, assumed the main performing responsibilities of BUMS following their success our first ukulele festival — Brisbane’s Big Uke Jam.

Individual members of The Performing BUMS, encouraged broader member involvement with smaller bands such as YellowBird (Geoff Smith & Cesca Lejeune), Bumsteaders (Tony Richardson), (Two-, Three- or) Four-Drink Limit (Milton Scully & Bruce Uhlhorn), and Brisbane Uketet (Garry Collins).

 

 

 

Each year, BUMS Inc bands bring ukulele-based entertainment to about 20 community and charity events in the Brisbane area, and our musicians perform regularly at Queensland and interstate ukulele festivals. All of these endeavours are made possible by the generous support of local music stores like Binary Music, Music 440, Guitar Brothers, Arties Music and most of all Morris Brothers Music Store.

In addition to this sea of BUMS, a few of our crew row their own canoes at additional uke groups and jams — Trevor Gollagher at Carindale, George Mroz and Stephen Sandilands at Bulimba, George Mroz at Browns Plains, and Max Borchardt at Toowong.

In our 10th birthday year, we’re thrilled to hosting SPRUKE — 2017, to coincide with the Brisbane Festival’s, signature event, RiverFire. Our inspiring three-day event is jam-packed with music making — renowned international, interstate and local ukologists, all levels of ukulele workshops, open mics, jams and all-day concerts. David Megarrity (of Tyrone & Lesley) who bestowed the acronym BUMS upon the Society, will help us celebrate a decade of ukulele by MCing the Friday evening concert. Let’s flood the River City with the thundering crescendo of ukin’ fun and frivolity.

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Ukulele @ The Planting

Heading to The Planting at Woodford this weekend?

Pack your ukulele! Tony and Cath are back!

Tony Richardson and Cath McCourt are running workshops and a jam at Cooper’s Bar.

10 am Sat 29 April – Blues Workshop
10 am Sun 30 April – Fingerpicking & Circle of 5ths
2 pm Sun 30 April – Jam