Last Chance!

Get grand exposure for your products at SPRUKE — Brisbane’s Ukulele Festival, Sunnybank Performing Arts Centre (SunPAC), 470 McCullough Street, Sunnybank.

Do you sell musical instruments, jewellery, performance costumes, magic tricks, hats or Hawaiian shirts?

Register online to have a vendor stand at SPRUKE. Festival Markets run 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, Saturday 14 September 2019, and 9:00 am to 2:30 pm, Sunday 15 September 2019. For more details, please contact our Festival Markets Coordinator, Geoff Dancer at markets@spruke.net.au.

Applications close on FRIDAY 6 September 2019.

Yes folks, we’re counting down to SPRUKE – Brisbane’s Ukulele Festival on 13-15 September at Sunnybank Performing Arts Centre (SunPAC).

The program’s out. www.spruke.net.au. Download the Day Program and Festival Map.

All concert and workshop tickets are available from SunPAC Box Office or via www.sunpac.net.au/whatson.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Novice to virtuoso, bring the family, bring your friends! Uke ’n make music all weekend at SPRUKE 2019.

ENTRY to the festival precinct is FREE. Lots of the activities and performances throughout the weekend won’t cost you a cent! You’re also sure to find a workshop to inspire you.

Let’s see if we can whet your appetite for this spring’s best festival ever.

THE FESTIVAL GROUNDS

SunPAC and the Sunnybank Community & Sports Club (SCS Club) are side-by-side in the same building in McCullough Street, Sunnybank. The Festival precinct has three main areas:

  1. SunPAC Theatre: The main performance stage, Ukulele Markets in the foyer, and the Maton Workshop Room (Rehearsal Room on your tickets!).
  2. SCS Club: Enjoy performances and jams in The Lounge, adjacent to the Sunrise Coffee Shop and bars where you can enjoy a light meal, snacks and a drink. The Sunset Bar & Grill is great for catching up with friends over a meal.
  3. The Festival Green: Make the most of the sunshine. Buy your festival merchandise. Find workshops and performances in the Kala Marquee, the Makai Open Mic at the SunPAC Courtyard Cafe, and learn a song at the BUMS Beginners Oasis. There’s also a Relaxation Tent and a Cloakroom.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

FRIDAY

Ukulele teachers and leaders professional development PLUS! Anyone working with ukulele groups or students gets great ‘value-for-money’ professional development at the Australian Ukulele Teachers and Leaders Association (AUTLA) Professional Day. Workshops run all day in the Maton Workshop Room, and are followed by the AUTLA AGM. There is a small entrance fee of $50, and AUTLA members get a 20% discount. Download the program and register here.

FRIDAY NIGHT

The festival spices up on Friday night. Come early, meet friends for a drink at the SunPAC Foyer Bar and listen to Chrysalis playing light jazz from 6:00 pm.

Friday the 13th might be unlucky for some, but at SPRUKE we delight in the wild, wacky and wonderful. The Sprooky Cabaret (proudly presented by Cordoba Ukulele) will spellbind. The magical music of the Loveys, Mama Juju and the Jam Tarts, The Thin White Ukes and Ukulele Death Squad will send shivers down your spine! Your ticket includes canapés. Drinks are available for purchase at the bar. Seats are limited. Book tickets for Sprooky Cabaret now. Book a table of 8 to save some money!

 SATURDAY

The perfect morning for your uke-curious friends and family. SunPAC Theatre kicks off with a FREE all-ages, Learn to Play Ukulele workshop led by Linda Gough and Paul Morris. Even if you’ve never picked up a ukulele before, Linda, Paul and their happy team of helpers will have you strumming before you leave.

Stay to be inspired, as The Outlaws show just what a ukestra can do. This very talented group of ukulele teachers and leaders from across south-east Australia come together to perform at festivals.

Next door at SCSC Lounge, Saturday starts with a FREE Play-Along session with Kine Kool, followed by a BUMS Jam (Keep an eye out for special guests The Thin White Ukes). Check out the afternoon performances. The Lounge is the perfect spot to refuel with a coffee or something stronger.

Worthy of a special mention is the inaugural SPRUKE Schools Concert in the SunPAC Theatre on Saturday afternoon. Organised by Megan Thomson, the band leader of Free Range chUKES, the Schools Concert features performances from six schools – some local, some coming from as far away as the Gold Coast and Moreton Bay. It culminates in a mass ensemble of over 120 students. Queensland music teacher and composer, Nathan Cahill, has written a special piece, “4-String Family” specifically for the occasion.

Vic Kena rounds out the afternoon program with a special hour-long FREE workshop and concert that promises to be equally inspirational.

Morning workshops presented by a truly wonderful bunch of skillful musicians will run in the Kala Marquee and the Maton Workshop Room.  Check them all out here.

Want more? Another seven acts hit the Kala Marquee stage throughout the afternoon.

Check out the program – a wide variety of wonderful musicians.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Wrap up a busy day at SPRUKE 2019 back at SunPAC Theatre. Be inspired and entertained by some of today’s best home-grown and international ukulele artists.

We are so excited to have Cynthia as a special guest at SPRUKE 2019. Cynthia’s a YouTube sensation and a big favourite of Brisbane ukulele players. The 5:30 – 6:30 pm Meet & Greet is a great opportunity to say hello to Cythia, get a pic and have your merchandise autographed.

Enjoy a breather with a cold one, and catch Cyprian performing in the foyer before our big Saturday night concert, Spruketacular (brought to you by Lanikai Ukuleles) gets underway.

From the cool classy stylings of modern-day ukulele jazz diva Cynthia Lin, to the rollicking wild of Gypsy Rumble, finishing with the driving rhythms of the world’s most dangerous ukulele group, Ukulele Death Squad.

Promises to be a very entertaining evening, don’t you think? Book tickets for Spruketacular now, or if there are any left, they’ll be available from the SunPAC Box Office.

SUNDAY

Once again, SunPAC Theatre begins with Paul and Linda’s Learn to Play Ukulele mass workshop, before they head to The Lounge (SCSC) to lead the Big Uke Jam.  Check the program. There’ll be a great list of performers in SunPAC throughout the morning.

Ticketed morning workshops run again in the Kala Marquee and the Maton Workshop Room.  Which musicians will be able to teach you a trick or two? Book your tickets early. Seats are limited. Performances also continue in The Lounge and the Kala Marquee.

THEN, the BIG finish! Starting at 1:00 pm, we all come together for one last blast at the FREE SPRUKE Festival Finale! See BUMS community bands, the Sprukestar finalists and the Parody Video Contest winner perform before we enjoy a final farewell from our headline acts. You might even take home a prize from the Mega Raffle if you’ve bought a ticket — anything can happen!

WANT MORE?

If the program above isn’t enough to whet your appetite, READ ON.

Chill with friends at bars, lounges, coffee shops and a bistro with plenty to tempt you, at SunPAC and the Sports Club. Shop at the Festival Markets! See and hear a wide range of ukuleles at the vendor and luthier stands. It’s rumoured that one ukulele manufacturer has produced a product line specifically for this festival.  You will see plenty of other stuff too. Step up to the Makai Open Mic, and make your own music. Get your name down with the MC at the beginning of one of the five open mic sessions at the SunPAC Courtyard Cafe.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Shhh hhh …  Sunnybank can return to normal as if nothing happened. All our fabulous and energetic volunteers can go home and rest.

KEEP THAT SPRUKE FEELING ALIVE

Build on the festival buzz by joining Cynthia Lin for a workshop and jam on Friday 20 September at Coorparoo Bowls Club. Bring your uke and strum along, and bring your friends to sing! You can also get a special signed souvenir song book. Tickets from Cynthia’s website.

 

You’ve been waiting, the acts and workshops are all confirmed, and the tickets are now available!

SPRUKE 2019 has a great program for you. Its free to enter with a great mix of free and ticketed events. There is something for everyone, at every playing level.

Evening concerts and most workshops are ticketed. All concerts and performances through the day are free. If you’ve never even picked up a ukulele before you can come to the FREE Learn to Play Ukulele workshop on Saturday and Sunday, and you’ll be strumming along with the rest in no time. There are smaller Beginner Oasis sessions all weekend- Learn anything from a celtic song, a timeless Beatles tune to a classic folk song all in simple two and three chords. Chill out with friends and enjoy the live music over four stages or make your own music- Join in a jam or step up to the open mic.

Concerts

This year we are excited to present four concerts. The festival starts on Friday the Thirteenth with the Sprooky Cabaret presented by Cordoba. You’ll be spellbound by The Loveys, Mama Juju and the Jam Tarts, The Thin White Ukes and Ukulele Death Squad.

Saturday afternoon is the Schools Concert with six schools sharing their music culminating in a performance of special piece written for SPRUKE 2019 by Nathan Cahill “4-String Family”.  Saturday night is Spruketacular presented by Lanikai, bringing together some of today’s best home-grown and international ukulele artists our very special guest Cynthia Lin, Gypsy Rumble, wrapping up with the world’s most dangerous ukulele group, Ukulele Death Squad.

Sunday Spruke 2019 wraps up with the Morris Brothers Festival Finale where we all come together, our BUMS community bands perform, our Sprukestar finalists and Parody Video Contest winner perform and you could take home a prize in the mega raffle- anything can happen!

Workshops

Throughout the weekend players at all levels will find a workshop to inspire them. From learning a classic David Bowie tune with the Thin White Ukes,  playing ‘slide’or jazz ukulele to brushing up on your stagecraft and another 10 workshops to explore.

All workshops and concerts can be found over on the SPRUKE website Events page, with descriptions and links to buy tickets. We are at a new venue for SPRUKE 2019 and all ticketing will be via the SunPAC Box Office http://www.sunpac.net.au/whatson

Download the printable SPRUKE 2019 Day Program and Festival MapSPRUKE_2019_DAYProgram_FINAL_20.08.19

Add to this a fabulous market with everything a ukulele enthusiasts could want including some amazing instruments you won’t see anywhere else,  a meet and greet with Cynthia Lin before Spruketacular on Saturday night and bars, lounges, coffee shops and a bistro with plenty to tempt you, at SunPAC and the Sunnybank Community and Sports Club.

With just over a month to go we can’t wait to meet you all there! Uke’n make music at SPRUKE 2019

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.

Volunteer
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.

Featuring
• 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.

NEWKULELE FESTIVAL is on 19 -21 OCTOBER 2018!

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!