BUMS invited to Busk

A Busking and Handmade Market Day is to be held on Saturday 26th June 2021 from 10am to 2pm at The Australian Academy of Music, 302 Southpine Rd, Brendale. This is also the official launch of the second series of aPurla hand made ukuleles, made by local luthier Mitchell Morris. Some of you already have one of his first series, and this is your opportunity to check out his new collection.

BUMS members are invited to attend if they would like to busk, registration can be made at The Australian Academy of Music from 19 June or on the day. The backline will be provided drums, PA, microphone, music stand, AUX lead for backing track if required. BYO ukulele, drum sticks (any other instrument) and backing racks.

If you share your performance on Facebook remember to tag it #BrisUkes!

Mitchell will be there with his ukuleles as well as his hand made Kalimbas; his wife Layne makes instrument straps and jewelry. The market will also feature several other local artists and makers selling everything from baked goods to art work, pottery, candles and other delights.

Download a PDF with all details Busking day

The Australian Academy of Music often have busking days for their students and community. “Its a great opportunity to play in public in a very friendly atmosphere, and once we found out how many talented artisans and makers we had within our community we thought it would be great to support these locals by hosting a market day as well. It also gives the busking event an authentic feel for the musicians and any coins collected by the buskers are donated to local charities.” says Lesley Morris, director.

Bring the family or your own audience if you are busking , coins for the buskers, and some dollars to enjoy all the treats at the market.

WHERE: The Australian Academy of Music, 302 Southpine Rd, Brendale
DATE: Saturday 26th June 2021
TIME: 10am to 2pm


Valla Beach Ukulele Camp & Beach Party

Urunga, NSW on 13, 14 & 15 August 2021

Great workshops and fabulous concerts are the features of the 2021 Valla Beach Uke Camp program. This year’s focus is on songwriting with your ukulele, playing jazz uke and special sessions for Ubass players. What more could you ask for?

AND … three in-depth Friday ukulele institutes with:

  • songwriter-performer, Lucy Wise or
  • jazz-man, Sam Lemann or
  • bass teacher-performer, Stewart Peters

Bookings open on Friday 18 June at 7:00 am.

Special Guests of the 2021 VBUC & Beach Party are:

  • Jack n Jel
  • Mac n Wall
  • The Australian Ukulele Orchestra
  • Ruth Allen
  • Snez & Steward
  • The Wild Women of Anywhere Beach


Bookings open on Friday 18 June at the reasonable time of 7:00 am.

Visit www.vallabeachukulelecamp.net  to register. Be sure to check the options on the workshop schedule before you book.

Places are limited because of COVID restrictions, so get in fast.

By purchasing a ticket you agree to observe all the COVID-safety precautions listed in the conditions of entry posted on our ‘Info‘ web page.


2020-2021 — What an amazing year!

Enjoying our Facebook BUMS Online jams launched in March 2020, and delivering ticketed COVID-safe jams, and publishing Play-Along videos and songsheets in BUMS Online.

All of these activities were made possible by our creative Media Manager, Jo Kunde, and wonderful jam organisers:

  • Max & Karen Borchardt,
  • Peter & Jenny Grace,
  • Linda Gough & Paul Morris,
  • Andrew & Sylvia Hunt, and
  • Sue & Peter Sercombe.

They’ve done a fantastic job under unusual circumstances.  And our roving photographers, Angie McGrath and Jenny Grace made sure we have lasting memories of our ukulele moments.

Our dedicated and energetic Treasurer, Lesley Allan, offset the cost of running smaller jams, by offering ‘club’ t-shirts for sale at jams, and running monthly raffles with magnificent prizes.

The Management Committee would like to thank our members for their loyal support and enduring enthusiasm throughout the pandemic.

We hope you’re ready for an exhilarating ride into 2021-2022. Plans are underway for expanding our activities.

Membership Fee Reminder

Membership fees of $50 are due on 1 July 2021.

Renewing Members

Please remember that to stay eligible to use BUMS Online and take advantage of the Play-Along video-songsheet resources you must be financial.

To ensure you receive the promo-code for COVID-safe jams, and stay on BUMS Online, pay membership as early as possible.

Please note: Promocodes for July jams will be emailed to financial members on about 26 June 2021.

New Member Offer

If you join between now and 1 June you’ll score one month’s free access to jams and BUMS Online.

Information about how to become a BUM, or renew your membership, is available from our Membership web page.

Our Member Benefits page shows what BUMS Inc offers you.

All Jam Bookings are via the BUMS Trybooking Event web page.

There are many ukulele tutorials on YouTube and one is called Get Strumming presented by a Pommie guy called Dominic.

He has done a blog about ex-Beatle George Harrison – a renowned ukulele enthusiast. For instance, George had many ukuleles at home. When he had a dinner party, he would hand each of the guests a uke and get them all to play.

At the end of the blog, Dominic reads a letter that George wrote on 2 February 1989. It is on a letterhead of Flea Market Music Inc based in Los Angeles. Flea Market Music was set up by Jim Beloff, an early uke promoter, who operated one of the first shops in America dedicated to ukuleles.

The letter reads:

Everyone should have and play a ’UKE’. It’s so simple to carry with you and it is one instrument you can’t play and not laugh.


It’s so sweet and also very old – some are made of wood – some are made of armadillo. I love them – the more the merrier.


Everybody I know who is into the ukulele is ‘crackers’ so get yourself a few and enjoy yourself.


Sounds like good advice.

The letter is signed George ‘Keoki’ Harrison and he has sketched an image of a ukulele. By the way, Keoki is a Hawaiian word meaning farmer and a variant of George.

Story behind the letter

The letter is the foreword for a song book called Jumpin’ Jims 60s Uke-In compiled by Jim Beloff of Flea Market Music. The book includes a number of Beatles tunes arranged for ukulele as well as some songs from George.

Jim Beloff tells the story behind the letter. According to Jim, George visited his home after reading Jim’s book about the history of the ukulele to see Jim’s ukulele collection. During the visit, Jim asked George to write a few words about ukuleles, and George wrote the note.  When Jim was preparing to publish his 60s compilation book, the first to include sheet music of Beatles songs for ukulele, he received George’s permission to publish the letter as the foreword.

Read more about Jim Beloff from this great article from Ukulele Magazine.  This is a fantastic ukulele journey over 26 years.



Our group program is a fun and transforming journey for anyone wanting to really kick start their musical practice, feel inspired and experience what is truly possible. The ukulele is used as a gateway for finding your own unique path in healing, creative confidence, fun, joy, performance and so much more in our online community. This is a 3-month intensive program tailored to the goals of each participant within the group.

Some of the Areas Covered

– Strumming from beginner to advanced techniques (straight and swing styles, hand percussion, triplet and rhythm creation)
– Reading tab and fingerpick scales from beginner to intermediate levels
– Understanding the basics behind the music
– Unlocking the keys to creating on the ukulele
– Creative collaboration with group members
– Learning how to riff
– How to play along to your favourite songs
– Singing and playing
– Chord knowledge, games and theory


You’ll walk away with more confidence to share and express yourself, creativity, inspiration, new perspective, new musicianship skills, connections to like minded individuals and a better understanding of your own authentic style.

To enquire about enrolment, contact Erin at  or phone 0423 378 392

Drawn at the Northside Billy Bob Jam on 25 May 2021. Thank you to our wonderful sponsors, and congratulations to our winners!


1st Prize: Frank Buckley    Orange F22

2nd Prize: Garry Madigan    Blue D08

3rd Prize: Leanne Williams    Blue J58

Frank happened to be on stage setting up for the next set and was very surprised to be a winner

Frank’s surprise

Confidence is the best accessory!

Fake it until you make it with this great pack of ukulele accessories. You’ll look like a pro!

So when you get to a jam this May bring a couple of dollars for our Raffle.

Tickets are $2 each.

Drawn 25 May at the ‘Billy Bob’ Northside Jam.

Guitto GGS-01B Professional Foldable Music Stand with duffle bag RRP $63.67
Guitto GSS-01 Guitar/Ukulele floor stand RRP $29.95
Bamboo Table Music Book Stand RRP $36.48
Ukulele Hook to suit GGS-01B Music Stand RRP $17.95
Ukulele Chord Melody Songbook RRP $41.95
Ukulele Chord Dictionary RRP $24.00
RRP Total $214.

With 2 x Runner Up packs each with CDs, strings, and a Festival T.

Many thanks to our supporters Trevor Gollagher of Southwest Studios and Binary Music.



Miss Elm hosts a 60s & 70s Beginners Ukulele Workshop!

Go back in time with us as we jive through the 60s and 70s learning some of your favourite songs from The Beatles, Beach Boys and more!

Come dressed for swinging into the 60s and 70s as we sing and strum the night away.


Thursday 13 May, 7:00-9:00pm


Jumping Goats Bar, 4/295 Oxley Ave, Margate Qld 4019

Find out more

To find out more about the night, how to find Jumping Goats Bar and how to get tickets click on https://events.humanitix.com/jumpinggoats-ukulele-workshop


Get started with a good foundation.

Linda Gough’s six-week beginner’s course takes you from the very beginning.

  • How to hold your uke.
  • How to tune your uke.
  • How to strum.
  • Your first 10 Chords
  • How to play a blues progression
  • Introduction to finger-picking
  • Techniques on how to sing and play at the same time.

Includes a folder with lots of popular and playable songs.

Date/Time and Place

Linda will run two courses at Arana Hills – one in the afternoon and one in the evening.

Starts Tuesday 6 July at 1:00 pm and 5:45 pm.  Each lesson runs for 1 hour.

Venue is the meeting rooms at the Arana Hills Church of Christ.

Click here for map.  2 Bringelly St, Arana Hills


$120 for the whole six-week program

BOOK NOW: 0431 391 888

What can I expect?

A welcoming and friendly group.

After the 6 weeks, classes will continue for another 10 weeks (depending on up take) at a casual rate of $15 an hour to extend your skills. This will give you enough confidence to join Linda’s groups who meet every Tuesday.

Daytrippers: 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Nightriders: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The groups meet at Arana Hills Church of Christ every Tuesday @ a cost of $15 a class. These groups will give you the opportunity to perform at community and charity events in the future.



Well folks, we are a quarter of the way through the year and BUMS jams have taken off extremely well.

We had four jams in two weeks in early December and showed what we could do. Sadly, our usual BIG end of year jams were not possible. At Coorparoo, we had a “Not-JingleBUMS” jam.  The Northside Christmas Extravaganza was split into two jams at Ferny Grove and Wavell Heights.

January took the wind out of our sails when we were forced to cancel Westside and Ferny Grove jams because of the short Greater Brisbane COVID lockdown. But since then, we’ve been flying high. Each of our jams has a different style and format. We welcome BUMS financial members, all ukulele players and spectators.


The jams in February and March were booked solid, with maximum capacity of 50 spectators and 10 performers/crew.

There is a bar but no food at the Bowls Club but you are welcome to bring your own food. The jam has three sets of songs each run by a different leader/band. Usually, the first set contains well known songs with straightforward chords. The second two sets will include more challenging songs. We encourage open mic performers to strut their stuff too. If you would like to lead a set or do an open mic contact Max Borchardt on ">

Westside (Sinnamon Park)

The jam has a capacity of 45 players and five crew and has been fully booked in February and March. Moves are afoot to increase the maximum capacity.

It’s our only daytime jam at present and attracts an older audience. There is a café at the Rosemount Community Centre where coffee, snacks and delicious cakes are served. The whole jam is led by Sue and Peter Sercombe.  They have a gradually expanding repertoire of about 150 songs which they rotate over a six-month period. They take requests for new songs and welcome open mic performers. You can contact Sue and Peter on ">

Ferny Grove

The jam has a capacity of 50 players plus crew and was full in February and March.

There is a bistro at the Ferny Grove Bowls and Sport and Community Club which serves evening meals, coffee and snacks and there is a full-service bar. The whole jam is led by Linda Gough and Paul Morris who have a vast repertoire of well-known songs that most players will enjoy. They welcome open mic performers. You can contact Linda on ">

Northside (Wavell Heights)

The jam has a capacity of 60 plus crew and was fully booked in February and March.

There is a bar but no food at the Northern Suburbs Bowls Club (Wavell Heights) but you are welcome to bring your own food. The jam has three sets of songs each run by a different leader/band. Usually, the first set contains well known songs with straightforward chords.  The second two sets will include more challenging songs. We have occasional open mic performers too. The jam is run by Andrew Hunt and Peter Grace. If you would like to lead a set or do an open mic contact Peter on ">

For more details of our jams see the BUMS website at News and Events/Jams About Town.

Booking process

Our experience with our COVID-safe jams is that most people make their bookings on Trybooking within hours of the invitation email landing in their in-box. We operate a waiting list for people who didn’t get a ticket in the initial allocation. We encourage people who book a ticket and then can’t come to let us know so that all seats get filled on the night.

New players

It’s great to see familiar faces at each jam and we welcome newcomers to our BUMS community. Sue reported that one new member turned up at the Westside Jam, and after it was over, he told her, he’d be blocking out this time in his calendar from now on, as he had so much fun.

So, there you have it – BUMS bounces back in business. We set out initially to offer at least one jam a week to our members and would-be-members.  And that is what we have achieved. We are also conscious that we need different levels of songs, and we are encouraging set leaders to include playable titles. Even so, it is nice to stretch our abilities. A big thanks to the jam coordinators Peter and Sue Sercombe, Linda Gough and Paul Morris, Peter Grace and Andrew Hunt, and Max Borchardt.