JAMS ABOUT TOWN

This web page provides information about BUMS Inc jams in Brisbane, and other jams and ukulele events run in the greater Brisbane area.

To keep our community safe with current health concerns around Covid-19 and in line with current guidelines from the Federal Government, ALL BUMS official jams are cancelled. These cancellations will be reviewed regularly in line with the latest official recommendations.

Download a PDF copy of BUMS COVID-19 Operating Guidelines if you are returning to gathering to play together https://www.brisbaneukulele.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/BUMSInc_COVID-19_OperatingGuidelines_v1.0.pdf

JAM PROGRAMS

Jam programs at each venue follow a similar pattern. A surprise packet of songs is projected onto screens, and led by experienced jam leaders. Members and visitors are encouraged to showcase their talents at jams through open mic performances. Please email open mic requests to and specify which jam you will be attending.

If you’re new to the ukulele, a beginners’ class is held half an hour before the start of the Coorparoo and Northside jams. The Ferny Grove jam (originally dedicated to beginners and focusing on a basic chord set) is branching out into new chords and more complicated songs. Ferny Grove now has a beginners group that meets at 6:00 pm.

Hope to see you there. BYO friends & ukuleles!

For those of you who would like to ‘try before you buy’, we have a small number of ukuleles at the Coorparoo venue that we lend to people for the evening.

SONG SUGGESTIONS

We play, share & jam a diverse range of music from traditional ukulele & folk tunes to disco, pop & heavy metal.
Email to suggest songs you’d like to play or lead at the jams.

BUMS Inc JAM VENUES

For all the latest news on jams and other BUMS Inc events around Brisbane check out our News & Events page.

At BUMS Inc jams we welcome beginners to advanced uke players, those who like to show case their talent at open mics, and those who like to sing along. We play a diverse range of music from traditional ukulele and folk tunes to disco, pop and heavy metal. The jam programs at each venue follow a similar pattern, where we display familiar songs and play and sing along with experienced jam leaders. Between sets, members and visitors entertain us with open mic items.

Email jam song suggestions to .

Beginners’ workshops are held half an hour before the jam starts at Coorparoo and Northside jams.

BYO friends and ukuleles to:

Coorparoo Jam — 1st Wednesday of the month
Coorparoo Bowls Club, 32 Riddings Street, Coorparoo
Cost: Free to members, $5 for visitors
Beginners class at 6:30 pm. Jam starts 7:00 pm.

Albany Creek Jam — 1st Sunday of the month
CANCELLED until further notice.
NEW VENUE: Fritzenberger, Cnr Ferguson & Albany Creek Road Albany Creek
Cost: FREE
Jam from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Westside Jam — 2nd Wednesday of the month (Previously known as the Toowong Daytime Jam.)
VENUE: Rosemount Community Centre, 620 Seventeen Mile Rocks Rd., Sinnamon Park. Qld 4073.
TIME: Jam from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: Free to members, $5 for visitors
Jam from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Contact: Sue and Peter: Phone o7 3378 5938

WE BUMS Jam — 2nd Friday of the month
CANCELLED until further notice.
Hope on Boundary Cafe, 170 Boundary Street, West End
Cost: Free to members, gold coin donation for visitors
Jam from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm.

Toowong Third Tuesday Ukulele Strummers (Tutus) — 3rd Tuesday of each month
CANCELLED until further notice.
West Toowong Bowls Club – 17 Bywong Street, Toowong
Contacts: Max Borchardt phone 0402 071 483 or email , or Judy Haines email
Cost: FREE
Arrive 5:30 pm for a 6:00 pm start. Strumming through until 8:00 pm. All welcome!

Ferny Grove Jam — 3rd Wednesday of the month (Check for date changes in News & Events around State of Origin time and December.)
A relaxing low key jam with easy playing classics, easy chords at an easy pace led by experienced BUMS musicians. Experienced players can develop their finger-style technique. Absolute Beginners Class before the jam.
Ferny Grove Bowls Sport & Community Club, 20 Tramway Street, Ferny Grove
Cost: Free to members, $5 for visitors
Absolute Beginners Class 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Jam starts 7:00 pm.

The Scratch Jam — 3rd Sunday of the month
CANCELLED until further notice.
The Scratch Bar, 8/1 Park Road, Milton
Cost: FREE
Jam from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm.

Northside Jam — 4th Tuesday of the month
Northern Suburbs Bowls Club, 175 Edinburgh Castle Road, Wavell Heights
Cost: Free to members, $5 for visitors
Beginners class at 6:30 pm. Jam starts 7:00 pm

Check the News & Events Page for the latest info each month. See the BUMS Calendar for jam night dates and other events.


OTHER LOCAL UKE GROUPS

Listed in alphabetical order. These are not BUMS Inc jams, if you have any inquiries please direct them to the contact person for that jam. Please check with individual jams and groups contacts when and if they are on over the holiday period and through January.

During the pandemic most ukulele groups took a break. As of 3 July the Queensland Government eased restrictions to Stage 3, and some smaller groups have started playing together.  Please check with the organisers of these events about whether they are meeting.

Bramble Bay Ukers — Fortnightly on 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month
Sandgate Community Centre, 153 Rainbow Street, Sandgate QLD 4017
COVID-safe measures in place. Entry is via the side ramp.
Small friendly group but others, including beginners, especially locals, are welcome.
Cost: Donation for the Community Centre of $5 or a couple of gold coins towards venue hire.
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Contact: Yvonne Harrison via , or message through our Bramble Bay Ukers FaceBook page.

Bribie Island Jam — Every 2nd & 4th Friday of the month
Bribie Island Library, 1 Welsby Parade, Bongaree, Bribie Island
The group meets on the 2nd Friday of the month, and has an Open Mic on the 4th Friday.
Time: 5:00–7:00 pm
If you are interested in their newsletter, contact Trisha.
Contact: Trisha Scott email .

Browns Plains Ukulele Players — Every Monday afternoon (except school holidays and public holidays)
First 2021 meeting will be Monday 1 February 2021.
Logan Central Community Hall, 9-11 Jacaranda Ave, Logan Central.
Cost: $5 per head to cover venue hire
Time: 1:30–4:30 pm
Bring music stands, ukulele.
Contact: George phone 0408 761 068 or visit Browns Plains Ukulele Group on Facebook.

Bulimba Ukulele Group (BUG) — Meet fortnightly on Thursdays
First 2021 jam on 21 January.
Bulimba Community Centre – 1 Barramul Street, Bulimba 4171, QLD (Bottom end of Memorial Park)
COVID-plan in place.
Cost: $5 (towards room hire)
Time: 1:00–3:00 pm
For beginners and intermediate. Bring your ukulele, music stand (if you have one) and drink/water. Handouts of new and exciting tunes available each session.
Contact: Brian Cordes 0468763043 or

Camp Hill Open Mic Night — 3rd & 4th Thursday of the month…And the 5th by show of hands!
Camp Hill Community & Sporting Club (Bowls Club), 150A Ferguson Rd, Camp Hill,  QLD (near Skyline Drive round-a-bout)
Cost: Free
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Check out this review. All musicians welcome, especially ukulele players. This low key open mic is for all levels, singles, duets and groups with a one-song-at-a-time format. More info contact William Whitaker ().

Dukes of Uke Club — 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month. 1st meeting in 2020 is on 25th Jan.
Binary Music Studio, Shop 11 Cleveland Plaza, 48 Bloomfield Street, Cleveland
Cost: $12.00 per session
Time: 10:30 am
Visit the Dukes of Uke website for more details. www.dukesofuke.com

Uke Group Lessons – every Thursday
Binary Music Studio, Shop 11 Cleveland Plaza, 48 Bloomfield Street, Cleveland
Cost: $12 per session (1 hour)
Time: 9:00 am Beginners, 10:00 am Advancing
All song charts displayed on projector and available by subscription to www.dukesofuke.com

Happy Ukulele Group (HUG) — Every Thursday
CANCELLED until further notice.
Logan Central Library, 26 Wilbur Street, Logan Central
Cost: Free
Time: Jam from 10:00 am ’till 12:00 pm
Contact: Pat Le Cotey phone 07 3801 2552

McCarthy’s Celtic Music Session (Ukulele Plays Irish) — Normally every Thursday (COVID-restrictions allowing)
For more experienced players. Ukes tuned in D for Celtic.
Check out this post for more details.
Cost: Free
Contact: If you’re interested in learning about Celtic ukulele, please contact
Peter McMeel (email or phone 0447 721 669) or
Brendan Williams (email or phone 0412 701 492).

Moreton Ukulele Club (MUK) — 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month.
Bindawalla Gardens, 134 Eastern Services Road, Bruce Hwy, Burpengary
Cost: $2 members, $4 visitors, $5 membership
Time: Beginners’ class starts at 6:30 pm. Jam session starts at 7:00 pm.
Open mic (individuals or groups showcase) starts at 8:30 pm.
Contact: Phil phone 0412 722 004

Parkinson Ukulele Group (PUGs) — every Tuesday
The Rotunda, Daintree Drive Park, Daintree Drive, Parkinson
Cost: $2 per week to cover printing
Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Easy – beginners – fun
Contact: Angela McGrath 0431 817 646 or Visit the PUGs -Parkinson Ukulele Group on Facebook.

Redlands City Ukulele — 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month; on the 3rd Thursday we go to Camphill Open Mic.
Binary Music (COVID-Safe) Studio, Shop 11 Cleveland Plaza, 48 Bloomfield Street, Cleveland
Music is available via Binary Music website on application of password.
Everybody welcome, all levels of ability.
Cost: $10
Time 7:00–9:00 pm
We practice to perform – under the direction of professional musicians in a well equipped studio.
Contact: or 0422 407 902.
See the Redlands City Ukulele Group Facebook page for more details.
Redland City Ukuleles – RCUs

The Pluck Upz Tuesday Practices — Tuesday fortnightly
Usually at McDonalds Kallangur, 82 Duffield Road, Kallangur Queensland 4503
COVID-safe Ukulele Group based temporarily in Sandgate Sandbag Inc, 153 Rainbow Street, Sandgate, 4017
Cost: Annual membership fee of $10.00 if you like what you hear and see.
Time: 6:00 pm
Come along to learn to play Ukulele with our tutor, Hine.  A folder with all song sheets is provided. If you have a favourite song bring the music chords for all to learn. Hosted by The Pluck Upz and SANDBAG. Contact Hine on 0420 647 531 or . Read the feature on Pluck Upz here.

Ukulele Night with Vic Kena — Last Monday of each month.
Yeronga RSL, Cnr 391 Fairfield Road and Kadumba Street, Yeronga, 4104
Cost: Free entry
Time: 6:00–9:00 pm
All you can eat buffet is available for purchase from 5:30 pm. More info. Contact: Vic Kena 0408 389 270 or


AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND JAMS

Looking for a jam further afield? Check our Uke in Oz page.


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