BUMS has been invited to join EveryOneBand, the biggest band and largest interactive recording project ever! This is a fundraiser for the Australian Music Charity, Support Act.

This will be a great project for BUMS to record as a group.

Check out the Launch Video here!

Who else is in the band? Everyone from Jimmy Barnes to Kasey Chambers, from The Baby Animals to Midnight Oil. More than 1200 people so far! Check out www.everyoneband.com to see a full list of band members.

BUMS will record ourselves playing along with  our BUMS band leader to the original song “Stand By You”. Ukulele only- no vocals. We then send in our audio file. When EveryOneBand has received everyone’s files and mixed the song, the single will be released with 100% of all record royalties and profits going to Support Act. Due sometime in May 2018.

BUMS Inc is recording on
7:00- 9:00PM



1. Register to play at BUMS recording for EveryOneBand

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2. Join EveryOneBand

Even though our recording will be of all BUMS playing together jam style– each player needs to join EveryOneBand individually, so you can see your own name on the EveryOneBand members list and agree to the terms & conditions.

Join as yourself and enter Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society as your band. If you are sending an additional recording of yourself (singing or playing another instrument) with another band add that band as well. Joining is free, quick and easy.


Once you have joined  the band you can download backing tracks to practice to. Although there is a uke chart of the song ‘Stand By You’ available we want you to download the BUMS formatted ‘Stand By You’ song sheet

3. DOWNLOAD the BUMS song sheet of Stand By You

This is the one we’ll be using on recording night. It’ll  look more familiar if you’re a regular jam player!

DOWNLOAD PDF HERE (112 KB) Stand By You-uke-lyrics-link-BUMS

4. Practice the song”Stand By You” with the backing track.


5. Bring your Uke to Coorparoo Bowls Club, Wednesday 28 March 7 PM  and be ready to record

There will be a run through of “Stand By You” at Ferny Grove and Northside Jams. We’ll also have a few rehearsals on the night before we commence the recording session.

You’ll be able to tell the kids and grandkids that you’re in a band with Barnesy, Paul Kelly and The Oils, it’s the biggest band ever, you’ve got a #1 hit – and a ‘Gold’ award to prove it!

The only rule of EveryOneBand is that no one gets a free record. So we all have to buy, download and/or stream the track as much as possible – and get our friends and family to as well! That’s how we’ll top the charts, go gold – and most importantly, raise money for Support Act.

Pre-order your single or download from the EveryOneBand store – each one counts towards the chart position and gold target. There is also t-shirts, etc. for sale! 100% of all recording royalties and Merchandising profit goes to Support Act, the Australian Music Charity. Buy a T-shirts and wear it to the recording!

Tell your band members and uke friends and come be a part of something epic and unique – the biggest band ever.

If you have any questions please contact Jo Kunde via mediamanager@brisbaneukulele.com

Fond farewells, thanks and good things to come! 

Longtime valued BUMS member Tony Richardson announced he was off to begin a dream job in Melbourne. As happy as we are for Tony to follow this opportunity we are sad to lose him from the society. Tony was often found supporting set leaders at Coorparoo, lending Blair a hand with the audio visual and noodling around with other members, and has always been a great ambassador for BUMS. Tony performed and MC’d at SPRUKE Brisbane’s Ukulele Festival and was the leader of the Bumsteaders – Brisbane’s Bluegrass Ukulele Band. Tony also hosted House concerts at his home for touring Uke players.

Most of all, many will know Tony as the leader of the Northside Jam. In 2012, the society identified a need for a jam closer to our members on the other side of the river and Tony established the Northside Jam at the Chermside Bowls Club. That first night we were jamming everything from classic rock and folk to songs from Hawaii. Tony started ‘Build a Band’ which encouraged random audience members to go off, run through a song then come back and lead the rest of the group.  A gentle introduction to public performance and  great way to meet new people! From about 40 people that first night, the Northside Jam grew until it got too big for the bar of the Chermside Bowls Club and the Northside jam moved to the Northern Suburb Bowls Club at Wavell Heights in 2014.

Along with Tony the Northside Jam has had lots of great people pitching in – Cath McCourt backing on the U-bass;  Keryn Henderson, Michelle Paddy, Chrissy Heinrich, Gary Collins and Marg Monaghan teaching the Beginners class before the jam; lots of friendly committee members to welcome jammers at the door, set up the audio visual gear and run the projector. Many members have stepped up to for open mic and to lead sets Peter Ransom, Anything Goes, NUMBBUMS, The Trippy Hippies, Duke Uke’m, Ukulele Saints and many more. It takes a lot of enthusiastic dedicated people to keep the jams humming!

When the news broke that Tony was leaving us for Melbourne, Peter Grace and Andrew Hunt volunteered to step in as Jam leaders for Northside. Regular Northside jammers will recognise Peter and Andrew as they are regulars and have both performed at open mics.  They are also members of BUMS community band NUMB BUMS. Peter plays in the Ukulele Saints quartet and the Spare Parts band.

Peter Grace and Andrew Hunt take over from Tony Richardson as leaders at BUMS Northside Jam.

Peter Grace( Center) and Andrew Hunt (L) take over from Tony Richardson (R) as leaders at BUMS Northside Jam.

Peter, Andrew and friends are fired up for the first Northside jam of the year on Tuesday 23 January. The beginner’s class will be lead by uke teacher and performer Erin Harrington before the jam starting at 6.30pm.

Peter and Andrew are introducing a re-energised format to the jam with more variety, more leaders and some new features to get you more involved. Come and join the fun and let them know what you think of the new format.

Peter Grace (0411 543 296) and Andrew Hunt (0410 529 591).

You can find all the BUMS Inc ukulele jams around Brisbane, festivals and other BUMS events here on our News & Events.

Check out BUMS Inc performances on YouTube/BrisbaneUkulele and join us on Facebook @BrisbaneUkulele for all the latest news and pics.

Morris Brothers Music Store are having a HUGE Ukulele Expo.


Saturday 2 December – Sunday 10 December

See and try a huge selection of ukuleles from Hawaii, over the USA, Australia, and all over the world, from $35 to $2,000.

Just in time for all your Christmas shopping is the big Market Sale, with heaps of music and gift ideas from $2.

Enter prize draws and giveaways.

Bring a friend and introduce them to what must be the perfect Christmas gift – a ukulele! The friendly and talented staff will get anyone playing in 5 minutes!


Congratulations to the members of the 2017-2018 BUMS Inc Management Committee on their recent appointments.

Max Borchardt (President) president@brisbaneukulele.com
Amanda Allwood (Vice President)
Judy Matthews (Secretary) secretary@brisbaneukulele.com
Vacant (Assistant Secretary)
Colin Grant (Treasurer) treasurer@brisbaneukulele.com
Liz Crunkhorn (Assistant Treasurer)
Rob Carlyle (IT Officer)
John Henderson (Gigmeister) gigmeister@brisbaneukulele.com
Blair Marks (Properties Manager)
Joann Kunde (Media Manager) mediamanager@brisbaneukulele.com
Garry Collins (Events Manager)

Management Committee

Rob, Col, Garry, Liz, 2017-18 Committee – Blair, Amanda, Max, Judy, Jo & John (at front).

New President, Max, and Vice President, Amanda, will be well supported by returning committee members, Judy, Col, Liz, Jo, Garry, John and Blair.

A big thank you to Rob Carlyle for taking on the role of IT Officer, and to past Treasurer, Garry, for returning to the brand new role of Events Manager.

If you’re keen to contribute, please contact Max. You haven’t missed out. We’re still looking for a Festival Director for 2019, and an Assistant Secretary.

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

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.

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:




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.

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


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.


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

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:







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.