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Are you longing to hit the road and immerse yourself in all the fun of a ukulele festival? Pending restrictions loosening, and our Queensland borders opening and travel becoming an option, here’s the latest news from upcoming festivals regarding their status.

Central Coast Ukulele & Folk Festival: The Entrance NSW 28-30 August 2020

https://centralcoastukuleleclub.com/

We still have plans to go ahead with our festival however we are awaiting government decisions on clubs and pubs and public gatherings.
Hopefully we will know by the end of June. With luck, and barring a “second wave”, we will be able to pull the festival off.

 

Bony Mountain Folk Festival: Southern Queensland 18-20 September 2020.

https://www.bonymountainfolkfestival.com/

Yes all on track for another great festival. I am going to liaise with local council to be sure we are all in the same zone! As we have fifty acres here I cannot see that social distancing is going to be an issue but we need to be sure! Stay tuned to Web Site for updates, but I cannot imagine a scenario where we would be not able to run!

Bony Mountain Festival is in Queensland, so a good option if interstate borders are still closed, only two hours from Brisbane via Warwick. Book camp sites now.

NEWKULELE: Newcastle NSW 16-18 October 2020.

https://www.newkulelefestival.com/

We have no idea yet just what our festival will look like, or even if it will happen. We have been running scenarios for weeks, ranging from no festival this year, through online only, to an almost normal festival, but we honestly don’t know which way it will go.

Our original plans incorporated several global acts. In all likelihood, this year there will be no way to bring international talent here. We also want to support local and domestic artists as they’ve had a horror stretch during the emergency.

We will be reaching out for applications shortly. We have been holding off because we don’t want people to get hopes up, and we’re conscious that groups have been unable to rehearse.

 

My advice is to go to the festival websites and sign up for their newsletters. Keep your eye on the latest news from the Australian, Queensland and New South Wales Governments. In the meantime check out the online festivals and jams and keep on strumming!


NOTE: On 18 May 2020, Queensland’s declared public health emergency for COVID-19 was extended for a further 90 days, to 11:59 pm on Monday 17 August 2020Latest from Australian Government https://www.australia.gov.au/ and Queensland Government https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19

Stay connected with your uke friends.

In response to the challenges presented to our community as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, the BUMS Inc Committee has created a special Extraordinary Associate Membership for the balance of the 2020 financial year.

The good news is its FREE!

This gives our many visitors to our regular jams, and new players the opportunity to be approved for BUMS Inc Associate Membership.
We’ve even simplified the joining process. All you need to do is complete the online form and submit.

On receiving your application our secretary will send you a welcome email with your invitation to join our private BUMS Online Facebook Group. The group is to support and help our members, with all things ukulele for including sharing songs, performances from home, discussions, reviews, and tutorials. This is where all of our BUMS Online Big Uke Jam and any other events are streaming from.

As we all negotiate and come to terms with all the current changes, our hope is you can check into the group, enjoy a song, be inspired to try something different and take some time for yourself. You can share photos, videos and files (PDF of tabs or a song sheet) and only our group members will see them.

The ways we interact with our community have changed for the near future, and BUMS mission is to help our members and community stay positive and connected.

Read more about BUMS Inc Memberships HERE

BUMS Inc on Facebook 

From BUMS on seats to BUMS online … our busy BUMS community leaders show amazing resilience, creativity and community spirit. As a result, the Internet’s alive with ukulele activities from our local leaders and overseas friends.

BUMS Inc Members

Just for BUMS members we have created a private Facebook group called, you guessed it, BUMS Online! The group is to support and help our members, with all things ukulele including sharing songs, performances from home, discussions, reviews, tutorials, and even live-streaming jams (fingers crossed).

All members should have received their invitation by email Saturday 28 March, 4:40 PM. If you didn’t check your spam!

For those not financial members, there is still lots of free resources and content being shared on the BUMS Facebook Page @brisbaneukulele.

Open Mics and Play-alongs

Leading the move online are The CAGE band leaders, Bec Lochel and Ian Phillips.

Fortunate Facebook friends are treated to almost daily posts from this energetic pair. This week, they’ve composed parodies, and posted simple songs to play along with.

Recently returned President Dave Pedler and Lyn Lucas, also entertained us with Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.

Online Jams

Behind the scenes, jam leaders Andrew Hunt (Albany Creek & Northside) and Linda Gough (Ferny Grove ) were very busy. Last week they worked with President David Pedler, IT Manager John Henderson and Media Manager, Jo Kunde, to navigate licensing issues and investigate online jam options.

online trial

Andrew Hunt trials a Facebook jam format.

So far, our team has trialled Zoom and Facebook. In addition, they’ve assisted interstate colleagues in their online trials. And the committee surveyed member about their online preferences.

Band Practice

Band leader, John Low is trialling Zoom to keep NUMB BUMS members collaborating. If you missed the memo, Zoom band practices begin Monday 30 March 2020.

Online Tutorials

In addition, enterprising BUMS member and ukulele teacher, Erin Harrington, offers free YouTube tutorials.

Experience entertainer and ukulele teacher, Vic Kena, offers you an ‘Easy Way to Play Along with Bohemian Rhapsody‘ via YouTube.

Gotta uke? Get involved!

I hear those ukes a-comin’ … they’re strummin’ round the bend
I ain’t done no jamming … since I don’t know when
I’m stuck in Covid lock-down … and time keeps draggin’ on
But my uke just keeps a-hummin’ … as I strum along.

While you’re missing the usual ukulele vibe, try something new.  Take advantage of the BUMS online activities as they emerge.

Meanwhile Overseas

Manitoba Hal Brolund: LIVE STREAM
2:00 pm Saturday 28 March Halifax NS time (Atlantic).
Into the blues? Join Hal if you can! Hal will play songs, loop, talk, and hang out with you. If you miss this one, there’s sure to be more. Watch Hal’s Facebook for notices.

Craig Chee & Sarah Maisel: Not-so-Little Online Ukulele Festival LIVE!
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday 11 April 2020 Hawaiian time
Join Craig and Sarah for free lessons, performances, demonstrations, play-alongs, Q&As and prizes.

 

 

Our Albany Creek Jam has been through a few changes since it started at its original venue at Samuel Grays in May 2018. After a name change and a few months of new management, the Albany Creek jam required a sudden venue switch for March 2020. But a couple of things you can always rely on along with our enthusiastic jam leaders, Andrew Hunt and Blair Marks, — great songs and cold beer. Hopefully, we’ll be back jamming at Albany Creek soon.

Peter Ransom at the open mic. Image: Tim Roberts.

Peter Ransom Reports

A last-minute venue change to Fritzenburgers added a little frisson to the start of proceedings. But we then enjoyed another of Blair’s laid-back, but sometimes challenging programs. Familiar and not so familiar stuff, occasional key changes, and some really good endings meant that the interval arrived very quickly.

After the break Peter Ransom (Why Don’t You Do Right) and Caroline Haig (You Get What You Give) favoured the audience with open mic performances.

Then it was back to business with Andrew leading — more fun, hot tempos, syncopation, the ubiquitous kazoo, and great singing.

After a powerful Hotel California it was time us to leave, but from out in the car park, we could still hear them rocking!

Blair and Andrew take the lead. Image Credit: Tim Roberts

See more images from the day here on the Ibis Music Facebook Page

In line with government guidelines, all BUMS Inc activities have been suspended. Keep your eye on the BUMS Inc home page and the News & Events page for updates about the resumption of jams across Brisbane.

It is with much regret that I am announcing all jams and band practices for April and May are cancelled.

In line with the Federal Government’s health and safety guidelines to mitigate the spread of Covid 19, your BUMS committee have made this decision to protect all our members. Of course these cancellations will be reviewed regularly in line with the latest recommendations.

The BUMS committee are putting their creative minds together to create some fun online events for you even though we can’t be together at jams. Stay tuned for those announcements soon!

We wish any of you dealing with health concerns a quick recovery. To those who are self-isolating, here is an opportunity to learn that new style, strum or song which you never could find the time to do.

We are so lucky in the ukulele community to have so many who generously create tutorials, song arrangements and create online events. I ask you to please support your music community and teachers, perhaps this is a great time to take a lesson via Skype, or an online course you’ve may have put off.

Keep on strumming,

David Pedler

BUMS Inc President

To all our fabulous BUMS we are taking this action to keep everyone in our community safe. Many of our family are either in the high risk category for Covid 19 or care for others who are.

As a precaution to help limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and ensure the health and safety of all BUMS, all jams for the rest of March are cancelled.

TUTUS Jam at Toowong — Tuesday 17 March

BUMS Ferny Grove Jam — Wednesday 18 March

BUMS Northside Jam — Tuesday 24 March

Please contact the organisers of any other jam or event listed on our website as to whether they are going ahead.

Please everybody take common sense precautions as advised by health professionals and keep yourselves and your families safe.

From https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov

PREVENTION

Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene and keeping away from others when they are — or if you are — sick is the best defence against most viruses. You also should:

    • wash your hands frequently with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet
    • cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser
    • if unwell, avoid contact with others (stay more than 1.5 metres from people)
    • exercise personal responsibility for social distancing measures

The good news we all know that playing your uke make you happy, so keep on playing at home. Can’t wait to hear what you’ve been practising at the open mics when we all get back to jamming!

Keep an eye on our Facebook page, website and newsletter as to what is happening in April.

The BUMS Executive Committee.

 

UPDATE 16 March- The survey has now closed THANK YOU to all who took the time to share their thoughts.

The BUMS committee want your feedback on how BUMS is being run, and how we can make the society more relevant to you. An email  linking to the survey was sent to current financial members on Friday, February 21 at 3:30 PM.

SUBJECT: BUMS Members Survey Feb 2020

SENDER:  .

The survey takes less than 4 minutes to complete and your answers are anonymous, unless you request further information from us. Your input will help us plan events like workshops, concerts , and social get togethers. It will also help us decide where to focus our attention and energies.

Financial Members please check your inbox for the BUMS Member Satisfaction Survey 2020. Check your spam folder! IF you did not receive the email and you are a current financial member please let Jo know via

Time is running out to let us know what you think- You have until this Sunday 8 March to complete!

Thank you for taking the time, we really appreciate your input, and look forward to an exciting 2020.

Happy BUMS at our Bluegrass Workshop in 2019

 

 

Due to the current health crisis, TUTUs will be cancelled until further notice.

Max, our intrepid jam leader, falls into the high risk category for Covid 19 and has taken this decision to keep himself and the rest of the Tutus safe and healthy.

Stay tuned for updates on the rest of our jams.

Our best kept secret every third Tuesday of each month!
Come and jam with TUTUS, the Toowong Third Tuesday Ukulele Strummers, a small group of players who share the joy of strumming and a sing a long. They have no performance goal but from time to time may participate in community events. It’s a casual intimate jam on the verandah …. no ballet but plenty of strumming and friendly banter! Read a Review

For more info contact Max Borchardt phone 0402 071 483/ email , or Judy Haines email

No charge. All levels of players are welcome.
Refreshments are available from the bar, but no kitchen service operates at present.

VENUE: West Toowong Bowls Club – 17 Bywong Street, Toowong
TIME: Arrive 5:30 pm for a 6:00 pm start. Strumming through until 8:00 pm. All welcome!

Jam on the verandah, West Toowong Bowls Club, Dec 2018


Most of our songs come from the Internet. Visit our Ukulele Music (in the Ukulele Info menu) for links to Richard G’s songsheets, Bytown songbooks, and many more. The Bytown slow jam songbooks are great for beginners.

Other BUMS Inc jams and events are listed on our News & Events page.

For more ukulele fun, visit us on Facebook www.facebook.com/BrisbaneUkulele, or check out our performances on YouTube/BrisbaneUkulele!

Due to the current health crisis, BUMS Ferny Grove is cancelled for March, and April.

Stay tuned for updates and lots of fun that is being planned when we return to jamming.

Have you been to a Jam and felt overwhelmed and frustrated that you couldn’t keep up? The BUMS Ferny Grove Jam is for you.

This jam is led by experienced musicians Paul Morris of Morris Brothers Music and Linda Gough of Ivory Frets Music. Easy Playing Classics. A relaxing low key jam with easy chords, that’s lots of fun for uke players at all levels, every third Wednesday of the month. It’s also a great opportunity for more experienced players to practise their finger-style technique.

Paul and Linda choose popular songs, played at a nice easy (slower) pace. The songs are curated to be fun to sing, with most songs using the most common chords – Am, A7, C, C7, D, Dm, D7, F, G7, G. A friendly crowd if you need a hand just ask!

VENUE: Ferny Grove Bowls Sport & Community Club, 20 Tramway Street, Ferny Grove QLD 4055.
COST: BUMS members FREE and visitors $5. This includes the Beginners Class.
TIMES: Beginners class at 6:00 pm followed by Jam at 7:00 pm


For all very new players, Dianne Davis and Donna Farrell  hold a beginners lesson before the jam starting at 6:00 pm. Learn how to hold your uke, how to strum, how to read chord charts and how to play some basic chords. This introduction will give absolutely new players a grasp of the basics that helps them to participate in and enjoy the jam.

Derek Farrell has an excellent resource website http://www.totallyinsane.com.au/uke/ to support your finger-style practise.


Most of our songs come from the Internet. Visit our Ukulele Music (in the Ukulele Info menu) for links to Richard G’s songsheets, Bytown songbooks, and many more. The Bytown slow jam songbooks are great for beginners.

Other BUMS Inc jams and events are listed on our News & Events page.

For more ukulele fun, visit us on Facebook www.facebook.com/BrisbaneUkulele, or check out our performances on YouTube/BrisbaneUkulele!

Due to the current health crisis, BUMS Northside Jam is cancelled for March.

Stay tuned for updates and lots of fun that is being planned when we return to jamming.


Join Peter Grace, Andrew Hunt and friends for a lively time at the BUMS Northside Jam. All chords & lyrics projected on screen, so no need for books or printing. Come and join the fun.

BEGINNERS CLASS at 6:30 pm. If you’ve just bought a uke or are new to playing, learn some important chords to get you ready to jam!

Snacks available for sale, and the bar is open for all your liquid refreshments!

VENUE: Northern Suburbs Bowls Club. 175 Edinburgh Castle Rd, Wavell Heights.
TIME: Beginners Class at 6:30 pm. Jam starts 7:00 pm.
COST: BUMS Inc members FREE; and visitors $5.

The Ukey Beats - A hit at open mics, jams and at SPRUKE 2019. Available for parties, bar mitzvahs and anything in between!


Most of our songs come from the Internet. Visit our Ukulele Music (in the Ukulele Info menu) for links to Richard G’s songsheets, Bytown songbooks, and many more. The Bytown slow jam songbooks are great for beginners.

Other BUMS Inc jams and events are listed on our News & Events page.

For more ukulele fun, visit us on Facebook www.facebook.com/BrisbaneUkulele, or check out our performances on YouTube/BrisbaneUkulele!