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: Thursday 13 October 2016
Time: 7:00 pm (preceded by nibbles from 6:30 pm)
Venue: Coorparoo Bowls Club

mahalo-u-320b-deluxe-baritone-ukuleleBring your ukulele as we open and close the meeting with a song.

You could also WIN a Mahalo Baritone Mahogany Ukulele and Xtreme Gig Bag -Value $240! Tickets being sold at Jams leading up to and at AGM.

To attend the meeting you must be a financial member of BUMS Inc.
All positions are declared vacant and nominations are always welcome. To nominate, second a nomination, or be nominated for a position, please download a nomination form and return to the Secretary by 29 September 2016.

For more information contact Clare at

**UPDATE 29 September** Nominations are now closed
Nominations for the 2016-2017 Management Committee are

President – Ian Phillips
Vice-President – Sharon Mitchell
Secretary – Judy Matthews
Assistant Secretary – Clare Gornall
Treasurer – Colin Grant
Assistant Treasurer – Keryn Henderson
Media Manager – Jo Kunde
Gigmeister – John Henderson
Property Manager – Blair Marks
IT Officer – John Henderson
Festival Director – Max Borchardt

1. Download the nomination form for committee positions.
2. Nominate or Second someone for a position.
3. Send in your position nomination by 29 September 2016 to
4. RSVP to by Thursday 6 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 Thursday 13 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.


2010 has been a big year for us BUMS.

It seems the ukulele has become a force to be reckoned with and one can be forgiven for thinking it has all the characteristics of a movement! The Worldwide Ukulele revolution!!?

We BUMS have been growing along with the unprecedented rise in interest in all things ukulele. Our monthly Jam meetings have more than doubled (Jam packed!!?) and we now have up to 60 ukuleles and their people making music on the first Wednesday of every month at our new home at the Coorparoo Bowls Club. Our monthly jam meetings now boast words and music projected up onto the screen plus a real microphone! Very professional… (Thanks Joe and Rob).

We know that some beginners are reluctant to join a bunch of rampant ukulele-ists in a mass jam session. So we have introduced beginners’ sessions – a half hour with Kahiwa before each Jam session builds the confidence and in no time flat raw beginners are happily strumming along with everyone else! Idf you are a cautious beginner try it out next year.

The new venue comes at a cost and we are delighted with your willingness to help out – please, keep it up!

Speaking of cost, we have taken the big step to incorporate – yes, we are now BUMS Incorporated! This is a formalisation of our very informal structure and it puts us onto a better footing for managing the ever-growing demands of a growing bunch of uke devotees. With incorporation come all sorts of costs like insurances and government fees that we will need to cover with membership fees. Those who attended our first management meeting overwhelmingly endorsed a ridiculously cheap $50 annual membership fee that also includes membership of the Coorparoo Bowls Club. Along with the other benefits too numerous to mention here, it’s a great deal whatever way you look at it! Garry has written some more details about it his first ever “Treasurer’s Note”.

The move to Coorparoo has been a good one. Not only are we enjoying the company of more and more enthusiastic ukers but we can now enjoy a drink from the full bar, and a meal from the chef plus we are warmly welcomed as part of their weekly scene. Feels like home already…

A big part of our busy year has been the “Performing BUMS” gigs including invitations to perform at the inaugural MUF (Melbourne Ukulele Festival) and the inaugural Cairns Ukulele Festival. A highlight for us in Cairns was inciting spontaneous conga line dancing with our rendition of “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”! It is a real buzz to get people up and dancing. We have been invited back to Melbourne and we are looking forward to a return invitation to Cairns.

Throughout the year we have been supported by our good friends at the Guitar Brothers, Red Hill – thanks fellas for your support, for your enthusiasm and for your monthly raffle prizes! Did I say Guitar Brothers? Talk to them about your next uke or any music making needs – they will do you a great BUMS deal!

A big thank you to Michael Phipps for donating our BUMS website and domain, and to Kahiwa for continuing to keep it current and adding lots of information and links you can use. If you have any suggestions for more useful information please let us know.

Finally, let me wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year!

We look forward to strumming along and having a plucking good time with you in 2011!

Merry Christmas





The Conga Line (Photo credit: Marg Renwood)

A number of the Performing BUMS group braved the trip to the deep north to attend and perform at the inaugural Cairns Ukulele Festival. As to be expected with a first time event there were a few teething problems. However overall the festival was a great ukulele experience with some big local and international performers that made us more humble players feel very inadequate – or more positively gave us new benchmarks to strive for. The workshops were good and those of us who attended have come away with some new skills.
Our BUMS performance was a bit stressful as we were moved from an afternoon spot performing on the Esplanade to the last spot of the night on the beer garden stage at the Court House Hotel. Of course we loved the opportunity to have all those support acts performing before us, but it did mean we had to remain sober!!!
Maybe we had just enough alcohol to loosen us up as we managed to put in our best performance to date! By our second number we had a Conga line dancing around the beer garden led by the girls from the Dukes (Darwin Ukulele Kollective).

At the end of our set we experienced our first Encore call! It was a real buzz.
As someone from the audience said to me the next day ”You BUMS really nailed it last night!!!” it was all worth it just for that. Roll on next year!
If you would like to be a Performing BUM, come along to our practice gigs on Wednesday nights at the Bowls Club. It is a great way to challenge yourself and lift your playing skills – it’s also a lot of fun. Be brave and join us!!!