We are getting very excited here in SPRUKE HQ with applications pouring in to perform and present workshops. You have until midnight 26 May  2019 to get yours in! Check out  https://www.spruke.net.au/applications-to-perform-at-spruke-2019-now-open/

We are proud to announce Quest Apartments Eight Miles Plains as a SPRUKE Sponsor. Quest have given us a fabulous offer for you at their new apartments just five minutes from SunPAC! Find out easy and affordable it is to stay & play at SPRUKE 2019. There is some exciting news to come on how you could WIN your accommodation for the festival. Make sure you are signed up for the SPRUKE Newsletter [ https://www.spruke.net.au/news/newsletter/ ] to get the news first!

The Guitar Brothers Sprukestar Quest started with a bang! Winners are ‘your choice’ so come along to the rounds and vote for the most entertaining act. The ultimate finalists will take home some fabulous prizes, and perform in our SPRUKE Finale Concert on Sunday afternoon on 15 September. Here’s the list of rounds and performers https://www.spruke.net.au/who-will-be-the-next-sprukestar/

With just 175 days until SPRUKE 2019 fires off we are keen to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer for a role on the committee to help plan and run the festival. Visit the SPRUKE website https://www.spruke.net.au/participate/, to find out how to get involved. Please contact the Festival Director, Dave (0438 718 842), or Sponsorship Coordinator, Max (0402 071 483) or email info@spruke.net.au if you need more information.

Bring the family, bring your uke, and have a different family day out. SPRUKE Brisbane’s Ukulele Festival is on  Friday 13 — Sunday 15 September at SunPAC– Sunnybank Performing Arts Complex- 470 McCullough Street Sunnybank QLD 4109.

The festival features live music, workshops, open mic, jams, a music bazaar and concerts. Uken’ make music all weekend at SPRUKE 2019!

SPRUKE 2019 — Brisbane’s premier ukulele festival — is just seven months away. For the many new BUMS who’ve recently joined our great ukulele community, the goal of SPRUKE (as well as having lots of fun) is to provide free and affordable:

• quality ukulele-based entertainment, and singing and music-making opportunities for audiences

• networking and professional development opportunities for ukulele performers, teachers and leaders.

We all enjoy the well-documented intellectual, physical and social benefits of making music. As a not-for-profit Society, all income from fund raising activities and membership fees is used to make the joy of music accessible to all ages from all walks of life. There’s lots planned for our 5th ukulele festival, and we need your help to deliver a great festival. Here’s what you can do …

Sponsor (Financial or In-Kind)
You or your business can help fund this inspiring initiative by generously donating goods or services for use in fundraising activities, or by sponsoring part of the festival. All prize donors and sponsors are acknowledged on our web and social media sites, wherever tickets are sold, and at the festival finale.

Applications to contribute to SPRUKE 2019 are now open. We’re looking for Billets and Volunteers.

Perform & Present
Applications to perform and present at SPRUKE 2019 will open early in April.

For further information, check out the SPRUKE website, then please contact the Festival Director, Mr Dave Charles on 0438 718 842, or our Sponsorship Coordinator, Max Borchardt, on 0402 071 483 or email festival@spruke.net.au.

SPRUKE 2019 will be held on 13, 14 & 15 September at …

SunPAC at 470 McCullough Street, Sunnybank, QLD

What’s available there?




SunPAC is a world class theatre/concert venue with a spacious theatre, associated secondary conference rooms. A café style bar provides light meals, hot and cold drinks, and a spacious foyer area with comfortable nooks for chatting and sipping coffees purchased at the bar. We will have market stalls selling everything ukulele in some of these areas.
What else can I tell you?




Right next door is the Sunnybank Community and Sports Club open for snacks & light meals from 10 am until 9 pm in a variety of eatery settings. There is loads of free parking in a beautifully treed shaded carpark, as well as underground parking. A 15-minute walk will get you to the Sunnybank shopping and famous Asian eatery precinct.
How do you get there?


The 155, 123, 140 & 598 route bus stops are 10-15 minute walk from the festival precinct. Sunnybank’s Altandi railway station is a 24-minute walk away.
Where can you stay?


There are many options for accommodation around Sunnybank, caravan parks, hotels and B&B’s. Keep an eye on the SPRUKE website for details.


This stunning handcrafted Islander tenor ukulele could be yours!

We kick off our 2019 festival fundraising with this beautiful instrument donated by our generous SPRUKE Festival sponsors Kanileá Ukuleles from Hawaii.

• Solid spruce top, maple laminate sides and back
• Slot-head with geared tuners
• 1.5″ at the nut
• Custom fret markers
• Pick guard
• Cut-away
• Bridge pins
• Beveled arm-rest (ebony)

This eye catching ukulele features an arm rest which means no line on your forearm when you play, and the strings are spaced nicely for easy finger-picking. Valued at $800.

TICKETS 3 for $5 OR $2 each

Tickets are on sale at Coorparoo, Toowong, Ferny Grove, and Northside jams through April and the raffle will be drawn at The Big Uke 11th Birthday Jam at Coorparoo in May.

Help us fundraise and take a book to sell or bring a few dollars to the next jam for your ticket!


Ever imagined yourself in a Supergroup? This could be your chance!

The fourth Newkulele Festival, will be held in Newcastle City Hall on OCT 19-21, 2018. There will be two ticketed evening concerts, loads of wonderful workshops to register for and two days of free festival performances.  You can get more details on the Newkulele website.

The Newkulele Festival is our twin festival they have the even years and we have the odd years. The ukesters from Newcastle and surrounds are great supporters of SPRUKE and many groups travel up to take part in our festival. Its time to return the favour!

BUMS at the first Newkulele Festival in 2012

We want you to be part of a BUMS supergroup to perform at Newkulele.


It doesn’t matter if you are not a part of one of the BUMS bands or have ever got up on stage before we just need your enthusiasm and willingness to spend some time practicingthe songs. Any level of experience is welcome!

If you have already planned on  travelling to Newcastle for the festival  or if you need an excuse to go please let us know.  Any performers who are already planning to go we need you!

Please send your expression of interest to our Event Manager Garry Collins at info@brisbaneukulele.com.

Applications to perform close 1 May 2018. Apply on the Newkulele website here.


Applications for the 2018 Festival are NOW OPEN.

In 2018 the Newkulele Festival is moving into the heart of the city. The new venue is Newcastle City Hall which has excellent facilities and performing spaces for the feature concerts, community performances and workshops. The Concert Hall in particular has exceptional acoustics! There is plenty of room to hang out, beautiful gardens across the road and fabulous food close by – all in the one central city location.

Applications are now open and BUMS members wishing to perform are encouraged to submit them early. Applications must be made online via the festival website: www.newkulelefestival.com.au.

Applications close 1 May 2018

Newkulele 2018  will feature two ticketed evening concerts, loads of wonderful workshops to register for and two days of free festival performances. Program will be announced in August 2018.

Stay up to date on the Newkulele Festival Facebook page.

The Newkulele Festival Organising Committee look forward to seeing many of you in October 2018.

BUMS thanks ourSPRUKECrew with a BBQ on Saturday 18 November

SPRUKE Crew Thank You BBQ

BUMS Inc wants to thank all of our wonderful SPRUKE Crew for their enthusiasm, energy and time. If you volunteered over the festival weekend you are invited!

Steak sandwiches are the fare, OR a couple of snags on bread.

DATE: Saturday 18 November 2017
VENUE: Coorparoo Bowls Club, 32 Riddings Street Coorparoo
TIME: 12:30 pm

You must RSVP for catering. Be quick numbers are limited!

RSVP to Festival Director, Max Borchardt. Email mkborchardt@gmail.com or phone 0402 071 483 by Monday 13 November 2017 .

Drinks available at the bar.

Bring your uke, your pics and your stories!

It’s a wrap! SPRUKE 2017 was a great success. A huge thank you to the SPRUKE committee for putting in the hard yards – months of planning and dedication. Thank you to the stage, sound and lighting crew, the official photographers and all of the volunteers for their assistance with the execution of the event. Thank you to the international headliners for wowing us with their skills and to all of the talented performers who entertained us. Of course it would not be possible without the help of our generous sponsors. Finally, thank you to all who attended to enjoy the entertainment and the educational value of the workshops. A great time was had by all.


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.