In ‘normal’ years, the Ferny Grove jam and the Northside jam at Wavell Heights join together and put on a Christmas Extravaganza at Ferny Grove Sports Club. Usually this is one of BUMS’ biggest jams of the year with up to 120 people attending and enjoy finger food, Christmas songs, door prizes and a pop ukulele shop.

With social distancing, we could not fit 120 people in the space at Ferny Grove, so we ran two jams, a week apart.

Ferny Grove jam

The first jam on 9 December was at Ferny Grove and 59 jammers and volunteers sat 1.5m apart. Linda Gough and Paul Morris ran the first band third sets. Paul, Andrew Hunt and Peter Grace ran the middle set. We reckon Paul must have had sore hands after playing bass all night.

Linda Gough and Paul Morris (with his Rudolph headgear)

Pop up uke shop at Ferny Grove jam

Pam Brogan with her ukulele door prize and Jazz from Morris Brothers.

Lesley Allan with her Build It ukulele door prize

Jam at Wavell Heights

The second jam was at the Northern Suburbs Bowls Club on 15 December and 55 jammers and volunteers enjoyed the now familiar Reception Hall.

At both jams, we played the same songs, had door prizes including a ukulele donated by Morris Brothers and had a pop-up ukulele shop. Sadly, no food was allowed due to COVID restrictions.

Paul Ransom did an open mic and gave us a great interpretation of the sexy Eartha Kitt song ‘Santa Baby’.

Andrew, Paul and Pete rock the Reception Hall

Lucky Linda lands a new uke.

The membership team – Sylvia, Keryn and Lesley.

Next jams

The next Ferny Grove jam will be held on Wednesday January 13. The next Northside (Wavell Heights) jam will be on Australia Day, 26 January.

The same COVID-safe arrangements will apply for both jams, and you will need to book a ticket. There will be 50 seats available for each jam. Watch out for your email invitations.