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A ukin’ great time – 12-14 October

Unseasonal weather

Ging, Marg and Lori rug up for the unseasonal weather.

Ukuleles at the Winery was held over three days in October at Mountview Wines in Glen Aplin, 10 mins south of Stanthorpe on the Granite Belt.
This was the 8th event of its kind and it’s proving to be more popular each time.

While the weather was not too kind to us, with cooler temps around 13 and interment showers most of the weekend, the cellar door fire and the beautiful wines of Mountview keep everyone warm and spirits high.

With many vans, tents and cars arriving early on the Thursday, we saw the festival kick off early with some impromptu jams and lots of catch up hugs and laughs. Friday and Saturday were filled with strum and play sessions, workshops of all kinds and jams sessions to practice for open mic.

Lyn Lucas and David Pedler

Friday beginners workshop was in the very capable hands of David Pedler with some help from his trusty side kick Lyn Lucas. David produced a one-page guide so that participants could take home some info. The workshop was well received and lots of fun. Spreading the love of uke …


George Mroz and the Browns Plains Uke Players (BPUPS)

This festival saw many regulars and also some new faces which added to the mix on open mic night, lots of new talent with everyone remarking what a great night was had by all.

Saturday workshops proved popular with some new skills shown and learnt. Learning to write a song with John Nicholson, was fantastic and terrific fun. Participants had a great time with this workshop.

Lee Williams, a very accomplished and professional muso, was pleased by the number of people who attended his Uke Tips and Tricks workshop, and inspired by their skill levels. Roger led a bluegrass workshop that included bluegrass, 12 bar blues and circle of fifths. Lots of great info there.

Phil Holloway

Phil Holloway led a workshop

Phil showed us how to use a capo. This was interesting and very informative for those who hadn’t used one before.



Rowena and Hans did a wonderful job in the learn a song workshop. Within an hour, participants learnt a new song to perform at open mic. They were great!

Rowena & Hans workshop

Rowena & Hans workshop

Early Sunday morning we had a quite memorial for an original Uke Fest friend, June Baran. A rose was planted in June’s memory, we shared fond memories, and sang a few of June’s favourite songs.

Remembering June

A moving tribute to June

Sunday morning also bought some local Glen Aplin banjo, bass and mandolin players to jam with everyone in the cellar door with some gospel songs.

Blue Grass Jam

Sunday morning Blue Grass Jam.

Leading the morning jam were Roger Sherack in checkshirt playing Uke Local Stanthope muso’s Dave on banjo, Rob on mandolin Dave’s wife on double bass. The morning Blue Grass jam was a huge hit.

Most people enjoyed the onsite catering with meals $ 5 pp/ This option left everyone free to enjoy company, wines and some uke playing.

Thanks to everyone to came along and made our October 2018 Ukes in the Winery such a special event.

For those of you who’d like to join the fun, Ukes at the Winery is held twice a year. The next event is in March 2019, date yet to be released.

Angela and David McGrath

Thank you very much Leona Counsell for sending us this video.

On Saturday afternoon Coorparoo Bowls Club came to life with the sounds of the Ukulele Death Squad. Reuben, Julian, Eamon and Ben, the four members of the South Australian band, sang and played original and cover songs with their own unique style and shared their skills with percussive rhythms.

The band led two workshops. Skills taught were likened to tools that can be used to build variety and dynamics within a song. Everyone was involved immediately and enjoyed playing the different parts. Participants left equipped with new skills, some good ideas and with homework to practise. What a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon – well done, Ukulele Death Squad!

Julie Sharpe

AJ Leonard and Jenny Rowlands made a great team at their recent workshop and concert at Samuel Gray’s. While Jenny was bopping along on the cello, AJ led us through an array of exercises involving a variety of strumming patterns and techniques. We tried a variation on the basic strum with a quick thumb upbeat followed by a downward fan stroke. We finger picked a simple riff to a twelve bar blues. We then moved on to playing a ballad rhythm with triplet downstrokes, octave slides and double stopping. Although it sounds very complicated AJ and Jenny did a great job of leading us through all this and the end result was fantastic. Finally we moved onto playing a bolero rhythm, D dud D dud (x2) then dud dud putting this strum into practice in the second verse of Ukulele Heaven. Apart from getting our heads around this complicated strumming pattern, we were also thrown in the deep end with some less familiar chords which were surprisingly easy to play if you could remember them!

Following the workshop, AJ and Jenny presented a short concert which included a medley of the Doors and an assortment of Christmas songs from their new album.

Both the workshop and the concert were extremely inspiring, and I learnt many new techniques to try out in the future. The combination of ukulele and cello was great. It was especially effective when Jenny played the cello like a double bass. Samuel Gray’s was an ideal venue for this event, and everybody seemed very happy with the new ideas they came away with from the workshop.

Salli Chmura

Julie, John and Keryn have been busy this year, and would like to thank all the wonderful people who came along to make Bootcamps so much fun.

Over 30 budding players enjoyed the Absolute Beginners Ukulele Bootcamps run in April and May.

April 2018 Absolute Beginners Group

Then around 20 more fronted up for Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp in September.

September 2018 Beginners Group

The most common question at the end of each bootcamp is ‘When’s the next bootcamp?’ So keep an eye on BUMS Inc newsletters for advance warning of 2019’s Ukulele Bootcamp offerings.

Vic Kena is a Brisbane resident, of NZ origin and a professional musician for over 30 years. He is the first artist in Australia or New Zealand to be asked to join the Kanile’a Ohana as a sponsored ukulele artist, (Kanile’a are one of the top 5 best ukulele brands in the world) and is keen to assist them and promote both the Kanile’a brand and the ukulele.
Vic celebrates this honour by hosting a one night only Ukulele Extravaganza.
This night is designed for all ages, whether you play an instrument or not and encompasses all the elements of a ukulele festival in one night. There will be a uke jam; open mic; workshop; guest artists from Cairns & Alaska USA, plus his own stellar group to finish the night with a concert filled with impressive highlights featuring songs such as Bohemian Rhapsody, Sultans of Swing, Hotel California, The Devil Came Down to Georgia and many others.

Oct 13th 2018

Bulimba golf club. 103 Quay st. Bulimba

Evening starts 6pm til 10pm

Adults $30 Students 12yrs & under free. 

Partnered with Brisbane Ukulele Musician’s Society Inc (BUMS Inc)


Seating is limited. 

Please for all enquiries.
Vic plays outstanding guitar, has played with performers like Keith Urban, and is the heart of 7pce Australian Ukulele Show who performed at The Byron Bay Bluesfest in 2017.  He routinely performs around Brisbane as Wild Card Trio; Wild Card Duo; The Kenas, and is in a number of tribute shows. He is an accomplished performer with an extensive repertoire.
Bohemian Rhapsody

Sultans of swing

Kealoha Tenor Guitalele

Tribal dot-paint design with black ABS resin body

A guitalele, also called a kīkū, is a guitar-ukulele hybrid. It’s a cross between a classical guitar and a tenor or baritone ukulele, and is a ¼ of the size of a guitar. Created by master ukulele designer Zhang Xuemin, this vintage guitalele is the perfect instrument for playing anywhere! It replicates the warmth of traditional wood instruments using quality ABS polymers, precision molds and superior manufacturing. It’s a very playable, great sounding, affordable instrument that never needs adjusting.


– Lightweight ABS/Polycarbonate construction
– Tenor ukulele body size
– Scale length 17.25 inch
– Dimensions 70 x 23 x 8 cm (L x W x D)
– Width at nut 48mm
– Guitar style machine heads
– Pinned guitar style bridge
– Silk & steel strings
– Tuned to ADGCEA just like a standard guitar with a capo on the 5th fret

Valued at $80

Tickets 3 for $5 or $2 each

Tickets will be on sale throughout September & October at Coorparoo, Ferny Grove, Northside and Toowong Jams.

The prize will be drawn 7 November 2018 at the Coorparoo Jam.


Off to a flying start … mastered C, F & G7 and looking for more?

Build your strength and confidence and master a new set of chords at Brisbane Ukulele Bootcamp’s free September beginners’ course.  Attendance is specifically for beginners who can move smoothly between C, F and G7, but want to master more.

Location & Dates
Bulimba Brisbane City Council Library, 219 Oxford Street, Bulimba, Q 4171
Session 1: Wednesday 12 September 2018
Session 2: Wednesday 19 September 2018.
Arrive at 6:45 pm for a 7:00 pm sharp start. Sessions run from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Bring your uke and tuner.

Julie, John and Keryn will revise ukulele basics with Am, C, F and G7, and use mastery drills to add more chords and songs to your repertoire.

No notetaking required. You’ll be much too busy. We cover a lot of material in each session, so you’re unlikely to master everything at Bootcamp. Detailed notes with supporting resources designed to help you structure your own practice sessions will be emailed to participants after each session. Practising for 10-15 minutes most days of the week following the Bootcamp sessions will help you to consolidate what you learn.

Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp offers practice tips, finger dexterity drills, ear training exercises, basic music theory and how to find clues for playing songs in sheet music. The chords we’ll use for this course’s drills, chord progressions and songs include A,  Am, A7, Am7, C, C6, C7, Cmaj7, D, Dm, D7, E7, F, G, and G7.

Registration: Please register via Trybooking Registrations open on Saturday 11 August 2018. Bookings are for two sessions. Please only register if you are available for both sessions. As the group size is limited to 20 participants, if you think you have missed out, please add your name to the waiting list. Registrations close 7:00 pm on Saturday 8 September 2018.