BUM member, Jim Bills, invited performing BUMS to warm their voices and tighten their strings and join the Brisbane Basket Brigade to provide entertainment for the army of volunteers needed to pack and deliver Christmas baskets to those who need them. A big thank you to Mick Angeles, Bec Hull, Daylight Moon, Duke Nukem, The CAGE, and Vic Kena who answered the call.

The Brisbane Basket Brigade is an annual campaign to provide food and gifts for people that need a hand during the Christmas season. To date, hundreds of teams of volunteers feed more than 2 million people in 400 cities, across 74 countries annually. Since 1995, the Basket Brigades of the Magic Moments Foundation have worked with volunteer organisations to deliver food, clothing, toys to families in need, the elderly, the hungry and the homeless. The Baskets are given anonymously. The note they receive asks them to take care of themselves, and encourages them to ‘pay it forward’ one day if they find themselves in a position to help another.

The 2016 Brisbane Basket Brigade Packing Day was a huge success. Volunteers packed and delivered  over 750 Food & Gift Baskets for over 2700 recipients, 80 Homeless Food & Gift Bags and 16 Elderly Gift Baskets.  Over the weekend about 500 volunteers worked tirelessly to set up the hall, move around 15 tonnes of food, wrap over 3000 Christmas gifts, pack and deliver around 1800 boxes, and deliver them from Caboolture to Ipswich to Stradbroke Island.

On 21 October 2016, members of The CAGE (Rosemary, Judy, Rod, Grace, Rowena, Clare, Sharon, ? and Ian) had a great time entertaining the fundraisers at the MS Moonlight Walk.  Their prime location had the best view on the Goodwill Bridge!

The MS Moonlight Walk raises money

Over 4,400 creatively costumed walkers and wheelers and carried their lanterns high with pride along the Brisbane River. The white “fighting MS” lanterns of 209 inspirational people living with MS, mingled with the 100 blue lantern top fundraisers, and a sea of red lanterns. They raised over $570,000 for MS research.

It was fabulous to see so many fun and creative costumes, including fairies, Where’s Wally, minions, caped crusaders and more! Not to forget our regular Storm Troopers who won Best Dressed on the night.

The CAGE, MS Moonlight Walk, South Bank, Oct 2016. Photo credit: Sharon Mitchell

NUMB BUMS and Ukulele Heroes Collective entertained the crowds at 2016 The Pine Rivers Show evening concerts.

Ukulele Heroes Collective’s inaugural performance, Pine Rivers Show, 2016

The Pine Rivers Show is a great family day out. Apart from the fabulous musical entertainment, the show had heaps of fun carnival rides and games, and carnival rides like a ferris wheel, spinning tea cups, a base zero climbing wall and the exhilarating Claw for eager daredevils. The show grounds are located at the Pine Rivers Showgrounds at Lawnton.

Queen Street Mall Ukulele Invasion

 The best of BUMS performed again for Brisbane City Sounds – Australia’s largest free live music program.

Crowds of shoppers were entertained by nine BUMS acts at the main stage in the Queen Street Mall. A performing BUM or band played every hour on the hour, providing an eclectic set of performances, all played on ukulele.

Performance times:
noon–12:30pm David Hethorn
1:00–1:30pm Adrian Board
2:00–2:30pm Mick Angeles
3:00 –3:30pm Four Drink Limit
4:00–4:30pm Duke Ukem
5:00–5:30pm NUMB BUMS
6:00–6:30pm Mama Juju and the Jam Tarts
7:00–7:30pm Ukulele Heroes Collective
8:00–8:30pm The Bottom Line

This Brisbane City Sounds performance marked the one year countdown to SPRUKE 2017 – Brisbane’s Ukulele Festival 

Our performing BUMS are musically eclectic, playing a broad range of music from 1920s and 30s classics, folk, swing and jazz, 60s to 80s classics through to contemporary popular music and original compositions. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face and get your feet tapping.



The Muster Ukes return to the 2015 Gympie Music Muster to share the joy of making ukulele music with Muster patrons of all ages and musical ability.

The Muster Ukes is a group of musicians drawn from members of the Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society (BUMS). The group has conducted free ukulele workshops at festivals around Australia – including the Woodford Folk Festival and the past two Gympie Music Musters.

In 2013 The Muster Ukes held the first ever musical instrument workshops at the Gympie Music Muster and taught over 30 enthusiastic ukulele players. The highlight was the opportunity to appear on the main stage on the Sunday afternoon to perform for the crowd. It was a buzz! In 2014 they returned to build on that success and in 2015 they are aiming for at least 50 uke players to join them on stage!

The uke workshops will be held at “The Workshop” stage for an hour each day. Participants will learn simple two-chord songs and strumming patterns and progress through to more complex numbers. It’s easy and a heap of fun playing and singing songs that everybody knows both modern and traditional.
Each workshop session will include time learning our performance piece for this year.

The workshops are free and The Muster Ukes welcome uke players of all ages and experience from rank beginner to virtuoso. Bring your uke (or you can buy one at the workshop), bring a friend, and bring your strumming fingers and your singing voice – The more the merrier!

The Muster Ukes on stage, 2014

Thursday 27 August: 12:30 pm
Friday 28 August: 9:00 am
Saturday 29 August: 9:00 am
Sunday 30 August: 9:00 am

Thursday 27 August: THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN MUSIC HALL 1:30 pm

For more information visit www.facebook.com/MusterUkes or email

Please check the program Gympie Muster Program

The Gympie Music Muster has been running as a community fund-raising event for over 30 years. In that time it has raised and donated well over $14million dollars back into the Qld community. The music offered covers a broad choice you can enjoy country, country rock, bluegrass, folk, blues, rock’n’roll and even a bit of ukulele!!!!

The Amamoor Creek State Forest Park provides the perfect setting for this quintessential Aussie event, with over 50 hectares of well maintained, planned camping facilities, plenty of hot showers and toilets, and a central entertainment precinct. Located 40-kilometres south-west of Gympie, it’s an easy drive 2-hours north of Brisbane, just 40-minutes from stunning Noosa and heritage listed Fraser Island.






Check out all the BUMS at FRUC this weekend.

Folk Redlands Ukulele Convention is two days featuring workshops, jams and concerts. Here is a rundown of events over the weekend and where you can see your favourite BUM. All this great ukulele goodness on our doorstep so come along and support this fun event.

Latest info check F.R.U.C. Facebook or Folk Redlands website
All tickets available online www.trybooking.com/90250
Venue: Indigiscapes Centre- 17 Runnymede Rd, Capalaba, QLD 4157

Workshops & Concert
12:30 – 1:30 pm: Learn to play Ukulele with Julie Minto (aka Mama Juju) $10 – Ever wanted to learn an instrument but thought it would be too hard? Ukulele is the worlds easiest instrument to learn. Kids and big kids welcome. BYO ukulele or spare ones supplied. Bring your uke-curious friends
1:40 – 3:40 pm:  Ukulele Skills session with Azo Bell $15 – A sharing of extensive skills, insights and playing tips from a master ukulele player. Something to learn at all levels – Azo will also bring some tools and spend some time on ukulele set up and diagnosing instrument problems at the end of the workshop.  “Azo Bell is a master musician and a superb ukulele player. In Bell’s hands this modest instrument is an object of wonder.” (Rhythms Magazine)
4:00- 5:00 pm: Finger picking workshop with Derek Farrell $10– Our own Derek is a very experienced musician  who has most recently been teaching finger picking at Northside Brisbane Ukulele Musicians (BUMs) You need to be able to already play chords at a reasonable level to attend this workshop.
6:00- 9:30pm Saturday Night Concert  All Tickets $20 Featuring Mama Juju + Jam / Azo Bell /  The Pockets. Doors open at 5:30 for a 6:00 pm start.

SUNDAY 6 JULY (Gold Coin donation entry – no booking necessary!)
12- 12:20 RCUs
12:25- 12:45 GRUBs
12:50- 1:10 Kine Kool
1:15 – 3:00 Open Mic sign up & strut your stuff!
3:05- 3:25 BUMsteaders
3:30- 3:50 Relatively Speaking
3:55- 4:15 Faux Grass with Cath McCourt on bass.
4:20 – 5:00 NUMB BUMS + Big  Jam Finale! BRING YOUR UKE!
See you there with a smile and your Ukulele.

Bumsteaders, 2014

Bumsteaders (Tony Richardson, Will Whitaker, Christine Heinrich, Judy Holdaway, Andrew and Misty Stanley-Jones)