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, 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.