BUMS in the Media

As the ukulele’s popularity increases, so does ours!

We hope enjoy these snippets of BUMS in the media.


BUMS Makes the Top 10 Again

Ukulele Music Info has listed BUMS Inc as one of the top ten ukulele clubs in the world on their Top 10 Ukulele Clubs and Societies web page. Thanks Danny Cohen for the great review.

Visit the site to find out which other clubs made the list. Check out their Ultimate Buying Guide, ukulele reviews all the other valuable uk’n info while you’re there.

Cheeky BUMS celebrate 10 years of hitting the high notes


ABC Breakfast Interview, 3 May 2017

Mick Angeles, Marg Monaghan and Michael Heaton (Duke Nuke’m) at the ABC radio studios for Breakfast with Craig Zonca, 3 May 2017

11 Ukulele Clubs and Groups Well Worth the Visit

Thanks to Tyler at String Vibe for the very favourable review of BUMS Inc jams.

Visit String Vibe to find out the best ukulele groups to visit.


BUMS Executive Share Secrets with Radio COTA

Hear an exclusive interview with Aussie Music legend, Darryl Braithwaite!  The excitement continues when you’re introduced to ‘BUMS’, yes, the Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society play a few tunes.

BUMS on Radio COTA Podcast #27

The Great South East — Brisbane Bowls

The Bottom Line appeared in the The Great South East’s slideshow that accompanied their feature on the diversity of bowls club activities.

The Bottom Line, 2016

The Bottom Line (Cath, Amanda, Leeanne, Julie, Mark & Lindsay), Coorparoo Bowls Club, 2016

RedFest features on Great South East

Craig Martin talks strawberries with Mama Juju and the Jam Tarts, comprising Julie Minto, Vicky Macdonald, Trish Rodwell and Cath McCourt.
Redlands City Bulletin, Linda Muller, Published 29 Jul 2016, 12:27 p.m











A Bevy of BUMS Boosts Brisbane’s World Record Busk

The Valentine’s Busk was a public celebration of art, love, culture and people in the Southbank Cultural Precinct. A 50-strong group of BUMS performed in the Valentine’s Busk, and joined the Guinness World Record Attempt for Busking on Saturday 14 February 2015 at  ‘Maiwar Green’ between GOMA and the State Library.

Valentine’s Busk
The West End Magazine
Published 18 Feb 2015

Buskers at South Bank on Valentine’s Day take out the Guinness World Record for world’s largest busk
Alexandria Utting, City South News
Published 18 Feb 2015

Marg Otto, 2015

Marg Otto with Doctor Love at the Valentine’s Busk, 2015


Beginning and Bonding with the Ukulele

The Hub-Musicians Friend: Published Feb 2014.

Looking to pick up the ukulele? Many seasoned players have experience and ideas to get you started on the right chord. Getting started is easy – but don’t let that limit where you can take the ukulele. You may find yourself at a lot of great events with more new friends that you can count.
John Henderson, president of the Brisbane Ukulele Musician’s Society, does not recommend one style or brand of ukulele over any other. He advises aspiring uke players to “go and try before you buy – and ask questions. In my experience – people who work in music stores are usually musicians – and they are usually very friendly and helpful, so just talk to them.” Read more


Four Strings of Happiness: Tales of the Ukulele

The Hub-Musicians Friend:  Published Jan 2014.
The ukulele lends itself to group activities; clubs, festivals and performance nights. Desire to join this community can lead people to start strumming.
Read post http://thehub.musiciansfriend.com/artist-interviews/four-strings-of-happiness-tales-of-the-ukulele


Win Free Tickets to Spruke Opening Night Concert

Weekend Notes: Spruke Opening Night Concert Published 18 Sep 2013. Thanks to Jennifer. Read article

SPRUKETEASER Concert a  Success

Weekend Notes:  SPRUKETEASER Concert at Coorparoo Bowls Club a  success.  Published 3 Aug 2013. Thanks to Jennifer.
The one night only concert fundraiser for the “SPRUKE” Brisbane’s Ukulele Festival was held at the Coorparoo Bowls Club on Saturday night, and what a night it was! For those who didn’t get there, here’s what you missed. See Weekend Notes Article  here

Weekend Notes:  SPRUKE Brisbane’s Ukulele Festival  Published 3 Aug 2013
Announcing Spruketeaser, fundraiser concert.

West End Magazine gives BUMS a rap

West End Magazine gives BUMS a rap in their July 2013 edition here:  Ukulele Society. Thanks Darlia Argyris for the images and Kayla Millhouse for the words.
As the children pick up their stringed instruments and weave through the intimate crowds, more folk pull their chairs towards the centre stage. Read more

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain spruiks SPRUKE – Brisbane’s Ukulele festival in 2013 .  Click here.


BUMS on about Britain’s Finest

Brisbane Times interviewed Bruce Uhlhorn in the lead up to UOGB (Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain) concert here in Brisbane. Published  29 Feb 2012. Thanks Katherine Feeney

“The ukulele is back in a big way. They used to be the daggiest of instruments, but in August last year you couldn’t buy a ukulele in Brisbane even if you wanted to,” Uhlhorn says.

BUMS Coorparoo Jam 15-04-2012

The Great South East
Laurel Edwards of the Great South East program spends a night at the Coorparoo Bowls Club Jam in April 2012.
Click Here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POPqzXUHdAY


Free Ukulele Showcase at QPAC

Weekend Notes: Published 17 Sep 2011. Thanks to West End Girl

Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society (B.U.M.S.)

Weekend Notes: Published 2 Sep 2011. Thanks to West End Girl
Ukulele music is alive, well and spreading like wildfire in Brisbane, thanks to the Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society (B.U.M.S.). Best of all, anybody can go along and join in the ukulele fun (as player or audience) at regular B.U.M.S. gatherings…… Read more


CourierMail’s Q Weekend magazine gave us a 3-page spread! Thanks to Mike Colman. Appeared 19 March 2011.

Credit: Russell Shakespeare

Coorparoo Jam, Coorparoo Bowls Club, 2011 Credit: Russell Shakespeare, Q Weekend.            Used with explicit permission

“We’re into the second verse of Hey There Delilah, and I can’t tell my B-flat from my D-minor. Not that anyone seems to notice.
Or care. The ukulele is a very forgiving instrument and the BUMS – Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society – a particularly non-judgemental crowd.”

Credit: Russell Shakespeare

Coorparoo Jam, Coorparoo Bowls Club, 2011 Credit: Russell Shakespeare, Q Weekend. Used with explicit permission



Ukuleles Keeping Tune

ABC Queensland Stateline: Article by Jenny Woodward

ABC Brisbane Australian Broadcasting Corporation


Channel 9 Extra interviews BUMS Founding Members

Hear what at Sammy & Danny had to say to Channel 9 Extra at their house in 2008.

Posted to facebook in December 2009. See the video  https://www.facebook.com/BrisbaneUkulele/videos/217117544313/