It’s been six months of longing to get back to together. At last after so many considerations and lots of planning BUMS Inc held its first face to face live jam post lockdown.
This first jam was held at Deception Bay in a truly unique open air venue the Maota Fono Samoan Meeting House. Set in a park with a tropical garden around it the ‘house’ provided great acoustics, shelter and air circulation. Although it would have to have been one of the windiest days this year, which provided a few challenges, the sun was shining and we were all there to have a good time.
The support crew and performers arrived early to clean and set up the venue in line with the BUMS COVID Safe Guidelines. There was plenty of joking as they got to work sanitizing all the chairs, tables and toilets, and setting up the gear. Our COVID marshals double checked all the chairs were set at the correct distance and the bunting which delineated the space also provided a festive air. The meet and greet and exit was were set up with sanitisers, wipes, check in lists, and surveys and soon all was ready to welcome our jammers.
Forty BUMS members snapped up the tickets when they became available on Trybooking in just four days. There were smiles all round as they started to file in while the band completed their sound checks. For nine of our players it was a new experience, as new associate members they had never attended a live face to face BUMS jam before. It was wonderful to see folks so happy to be out and playing again.
By the time one o’clock came around The Ukulele Saints with Leanne Williams were ready to go, and Peter got the jam started. We enjoyed three sets with great to sing-a-long songs, with something for everyone from classic rock & roll, folk to this century pop songs.
Peter Ransom stepped up to the open mic to perform a ditty from 1906 “Shine On Harvest Moon” with we all joined in the parts we knew. The Saints were also joined by Karen Neundorf for “Riptide” and John Henderson for “Budapest”.
It was lovely to see everyone catching up and chatting to new members in the breaks between sets. The two hours went very quickly and final rousing version of the BUMS favourite “Stray Cat Strut” with cat calls and meowing closed the jam.
As always we had plenty of helpers who volunteered to sanitize and pack up the chairs. There were surveys to complete which have provided the BUMS committee with some valuable feedback. Yes it was very windy, which was challenging for the microphones and performers, and the screen was hard to see for some, but the good news is 90% of our respondents said they’d come again to Deception Bay Jam.
“Happy to be back”
“Great effort – thanks for putting it on”
The happy smiling faces said it all; playing ukes and singing together makes you feel good. It was a red letter day which gives us all hope that more of our regular jams can start again soon.
Many thanks go to Peter Grace who did his due diligence and more to get this first jam going in a venue which fulfilled all the requirements to make a COVID safe event. You can read more about that in this post Planning A Safe Jam. Also many thanks to the support team who made it happen on the day.
Missed out on this jam?
BUMS Inc financial members, then associate members are offered first chance for tickets. If any are available after that they will be then offered to our mailing list. You can find out how to become a BUMS member here or join free with associate membership until the end of 2020 here .