East by West are the featured act at Redlands Modern Country Music Club

Folk Redlands are hosting East of West as their feature act at the Redlands Modern Country Music Club in February 2020.

East of West play original music with a focus on improvisation, inspired by the music of the Mediterranean and Balkans. After the performance there will be a ukulele workshop for intermediate to advanced players.

Afternoon kicks off with blackboard performers, followed by East of West performance, and Ukulele Workshop for Advanced Players.
Walk-in Blackboard performers are welcome on a “first-in” basis. 20-minutes slots including change-over. PA provided.
1:00 pm – Blackboard
2:00 pm – East of West performance
3:00 pm – Ukulele Workshop

DATE: 16 February 2020
TIME: 1:00-4:00 pm
VENUE: Redlands Modern Country Music Club, 226 Cleveland Redland Bay Rd, Thornlands (Pinklands Reserve)
COST: Entry fee to cover venue costs: $ 3 members, $5 non-members.
Folk Redlands Membership is just $5 per annum. Join at the door and pay only $3 entry.

This is not a BUMS official event so please direct any inquiries to folkredlands@yahoo.com

East of West is a fresh project from players firmly grounded in professional music performance, offering a captivating new take on the fusion between world music and jazz. We play original music with a focus on improvisation, inspired by the music of the Mediterranean and Balkans. The project was formed in order to explore new compositions that showcase the players’ extensive experience playing at both national and international levels.

The trio consists of Bosnian-born Goran Gajić (double bass), Philip Griffin (oud) and Malindi Morris (hand percussion). All three are active in professional music scenes, including world, jazz, folk, & baroque. Goran Gajić plays with and composes for the Queensland Music Award winning band Mzaza. Philip Griffin works or has worked with internationally renowned musicians such as Linsey Pollak, Tunji Beier, Frankie Armstrong and Ross Daly. Malindi Morris has worked with internationally known guitarists ‘Duo Aritmija’ in Slovenia, composing for and directing the project ‘Lastovka’ and was one of the founding band leaders of the Balkan brass band ‘The Transbalkan Express’.

Website Links:
Folk Redlands
Redlands Modern Country Music Club
East of West

Live on the northside? Thinking of joining a community band this year?

Community bands are a great way to network with other musicians, learn new skills, extend your repertoire of songs, and develop performance skills.

Don’t delay … join NUMB BUMS today … all BUMS Inc financial members are eligible to join.

NUMB BUMS is BUMS Inc’s northside community band. Band rehearsals start Monday 13 January, and continue each Monday (except public holidays). Come along to Monday band rehearsal at the Zillmere Community Hall, 52 Murphy Road, Zillmere. Arrive 6:30 for a 6:45 pm start.

Rehearsals and performances are relaxed and focus on having fun.

For more information, please contact John Low on 0421 080 914.

We start 2020 with a great prize for our BUMS Inc Summer Raffle.

You could win a Cordoba Protégé Concert Ukulele Model U1, gig bag and a bottle of Yellow Glen. Valued at $180!

Tickets $2 each or 3 for $5.

Tickets on sale at major BUMS jams through January and February, starting at the January Westside Jam.

Raffle drawn at the 4 March 2020 Coorparoo Jam.

Generously supported by Binary Music, Cleveland.

The U1 is one of Cordoba’s most popular ukuleles, perfect for beginners and enthusiasts. Concert sized and built with a mahogany top, back and sides, you’ll enjoy this ukulele’s bright, balanced, and happy tone.


Just starting ukulele? Short of time?

Come to a mini Absolute Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp … absolutely FREE.

Julie, John and Keryn will run a free mini Absolute Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp for one week only on Wednesday evening 19 February 2020.

Location: Bulimba Brisbane City Council Library, Meeting Room 1, Cnr Riding Road & Oxford Street, Bulimba Q 4171.
Date: Wednesday 19 February 2020
Time: Arrive at 6:45 pm for a 7:00 pm sharp start. The session runs from 7:00-9:00 pm.

Players who already know C, F & G7, please don’t apply. We start with the very basics. More information about course content is available on the Trybooking site.

Bring your ukulele and tuner. No notetaking required, you’ll be too busy anyway. Detailed notes with supporting resources are emailed to participants after each session.

Register Now! Attendance is specifically for Absolute Beginners. Group size is limited to 15-20 participants.
Registrations are now full, but until Friday 14 February 2020, you can still follow the Trybooking ‘Wait List’ link to add your name to the waiting list in case there are cancellations.

This is not a BUMS official event, please direct any inquiries or questions about the course via email to Keryn at bneukebootcamp@gmail.com.

I’m a BUM!

Financial BUMS save big on workshop and concert tickets!

Financial BUMS save big on workshop and concert tickets!

It’s great to be a member of Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society Inc. Check out all the benefits of membership.

  • Free entry to all of our large monthly jams — Coorparoo, Westside, Ferny Grove, Northside
  • Discounts at BUMS workshops and concerts
  • Discounts at supporting retail outlets on presentation of membership card.
  • Eligibility to join one of our community bands.
  • The right to vote at general meetings
  • The right to nominate positions on the society’s committees

Membership is $50 for the financial year. If you come to just 12 jams at either Coorparoo, Westside (Sinnamon Park), Ferny Grove or Northside (Wavell Heights) through the year you’ll save $10. If you go to every jam through the year (that’s 47 jams) you’ll save $185! Now add in what you $ave on workshop and concert tickets … Ka-ching!

Our hardworking committee plan a schedule of workshops and performances for all level of players, and members receive a discount.

The CAGE our largest Community Band

All of our members also have the opportunity to develop their playing and performance skills by joining one of our four community bands — Flukey, NUMB BUMS, The CAGE and Free Range chUKES.

Read more about our bands here.

BUMS Inc now offers associate membership to ukulele players under 18 years of age (i.e. primary and secondary school students). Find how your young uke star can become a little BUM.

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.

It’s easy to join online, OR come see us at Coorparoo Jam, Westside Jam , Ferny Grove Jam and Northside Jam. Check the News & Events page to find out when the next jam is on near you.



Pluck Upz is a relatively new community ukulele group from the Moreton Bay Region. The mostly Polynesian group currently practises fortnightly on Tuesdays at Murrumba Downs McDonalds from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

The group leader, Hine, had been a ukulele student of Vic Kena. Soon she began receiving a number of enquiries from other people keen to learn to play. So Hine asked Vic how to go about starting up ukulele a group. And he said … you have the skills, just do it.

With Hine in charge, Pluck Upz got off to a flying start … and in September Vic featured the band as special guests during his Sunday morning segment on 4EB 98.1Fm.

John and Keryn visited the group in November. “Pluck Upz were very friendly, helpful, welcoming, and happy to share their music. The group has a wonderful focus on fun and a lively upbeat vibe.

Pluck Upz welcomes people of ages 10 to 65+ from any cultural backgroup and skill level. Although Pluck Upz generally practises fortnightly, occassionally there are extra practices thrown in leading up to gigs.

It’s lots of fun to play along with The Pluck Upz. If you live in the Moreton Bay Region pluck up the courage to go. Hine provides excellent support for beginners. And you never know … you might learn a new language as well.

Try before you buy — first visit is free, and to join is $10 annual membership. It would be handy to take a music stand and display folder, and arrive early to tune up and have a chat before practice starts at 6:00 pm.

Visit the Pluck Upz Facebook site for updates about practice dates and venues, and the gigs they’re playing, or contact Hine by calling 0420 647 531 or emailing ttug1@bigpond.com.

Tickets in the BUMS Big Christmas Raffle will be on sale at Coorparoo, Toowong, Ferny Grove and Northside jams, through November.

Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5.

You can win:

First Prize in the BUMS Big Christmas Raffle is sponsored by Tocco Italiano1ST PRIZE: Dinner for two at Tocco Italiano Teneriffe (Set Menu with Wines).  Value $250 many thanks to our sponsor Arturo Buonocore and Tocco Italiano

Tocco Italiano Teneriffe is located just outside Brisbane City. It’s a modern industrial style restaurant that evokes elegance with rustic elements of polished concrete, warm wood, copper back dropped bar and European furniture.

Tocco Teneriffe has an open kitchen and domed wood fired oven so you can watch the action from the bar and dining areas. Enjoy superb Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner and a bar area for aperitif and dreaming of Italy.



2ND PRIZE: Ukulele Instructional book and DVD packs. Each include a copy of  “Ukulele Musicality” (Trevor’s latest book) and “Hey! Want To Be A better Ukulele Player” books and DVD’s  “Percussive Strumming” and  “Hey! Your Ukulele Has More Than 3 Frets”. Value $80 many thanks to our sponsor Trevor Gollagher Music

Trevor Gollagher teaches private lessons, workshops and classes,  in Brisbane, Australia and also at many ukulele festivals around the country. As well as an author, and professional musician Trevor also owns Little Room Recording Studio.

The BUMS Big Christmas Raffle will be drawn at Jingle BUMS on Wednesday 4 December 2019. Good Luck!

CHUS Way Out West Concert 2019

Get along to a Country Music Afternoon with CHUMS (Compton’s Happy Ukulele Musical Seniors) for their 2019 Way out West Concert.

Led by Donna and Derek Farrell the CHUMS perform with all ticket sales going to aid Dementia Research. After the concert enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea..worth the price of admission alone!

Venue: Auditorium Compton Gardens Retirement Community
97 Albany Creek Rd, Aspley QLD 4034
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Date & Time: Sunday 10 November 2019
Concert starts at 2:00 pm. Afternoon tea afterwards.

Entry: Tickets $5, with all proceeds to Dementia Research.

Management Committee Nominations for 2019-2020

On Wednesday 30 October, the Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society held it’s Annual General Meeting at the Coorparoo Bowls Club. The inaugural AGM Jam Sandwich was a well-attended lively event.

Congratulations to the newly elected members of the BUMS Inc Management Committee.

President: David Pedler
Vice President: Angela McGrath
Treasurer: Colin Grant
Assistant Treasurer: Sylvia Hunt
Secretary: Judy Matthews
Assistant Secretary: Peter Grace
Gigmeister: Chris Slater
IT Manager: John Henderson
Media Manager: Jo Kunde
Festival Director: Dave McGrath
Events Manager: Liz Crunkhorn
Properties Manager: Andrew Hunt