Christmas is around the corner and all through November you can buy tickets for our Christmas Is Coming raffle at all of the jams and workshops.

Thanks to Tim and the the wonderful team from Music at Noosa we have three prizes that Santa would be proud to have in his sack!

Lanikai Quilted Maple Concert Uke

1. Lanikai Quilted Maple Concert Uke

The Major Prize is a Lanikai Quilted Maple Concert Uke RRP $579

    • Model LQMNACEC
    • Cut-away with Natural Stain Gloss Finish
    • Slotted headstock with Quilted Maple Overlay
    • Fishman Kula pick-up
    • Grover tuners
    • Inlaid Abalone Accents
    • D’Addario EJ88 Strings

This Ukulele is Kula Equipped!
Designed specifically for the ukulele, the Fishman Kula preamp has a three band EQ, so you can adjust the low, mid and high range to suit. Also features an onboard chromatic tuner so you can tune up wherever you go. Never search for your clip-on tuner again!

Minor Prizes 

2. Music Nomad – Premium Guitar Care Kit

Music Nomad – Premium Guitar Care Kit RRP $31.99

Premium care for stringed instruments includes

  • an all-in-1 cleaner, polish, and wax for everyday cleaning and polishing for gloss finishes in one easy step.
  • 100 percent natural Fretboard F-ONE Oil
  • a large premium suede microfiber cloth use with these products or by itself to clean fingerprints, sweat, dust, and grime.
Percussion Plus Half Moon Tambourine

3. Percussion Plus Half Moon Tambourine

Percussion Plus Half Moon Tambourine RRP $18.99

Enjoy making beautiful music with 10 double rows of jingles

Tickets 3 for $5

Tickets go on sale at the Chord Voicing Workshop Friday 29 October, and will be drawn at Jingle BUMS 1 December 2021.


Many thanks to Music At Noosa for our raffle this month. You can read more about what the team there can do for you in this story- Uke Can Call Us Crazy! If you don’t win and want Santa to bring you a little something  just like it check them out.



Join Tony Richardson and Marg Monaghan at a Jam exploring the Bluegrass style. Dabble a bit with your uke, workshopping songs along the way. Add to your repertoire and expand on your playing skills. Aimed at intermediate players, ALL levels are welcome but you need to know your basic chords and be able to match a strum pattern to get by!

Warning: Ain’t no part of nothin’ if you think we’ll stop to teach you chords…NO chords taught in this workshop, and it could be the quickest strumming you’ve ever attempted!

Bar is open. BYO Food.

This is a BUMS Covid Safe event. Check out the latest directives here.

DATE: Friday Night 5 November 2021
TIME: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
VENUE: Northern Suburbs Bowls Club Hall 175 Edinburgh Castle Road Wavell Heights, Qld, 4012
TICKETS $20 : Available from Trybooking 

BUMS financial members tickets 50% off with promo code.

Check your email 25 October 2021, subject: Members Promo Code for November Ukulele Workshops.
Please Note: Trybooking has an addition booking fee $0.50 TIPS for using Trybooking here

What is the workshop about?

“What the hell is bluegrass?” you ask. Well it’s a blend of traditional Americana styles that became prevalent around the 1940’s. It’s a unique style of acoustic instruments overlaid with vocal harmonies. It’s not gospel, it’s not blues, it’s not country, it’s not jazz and it’s not Trad (traditional), but it has elements of all of these styles… It’s bluegrass. If you get a bit uneasy with gospel music or murder ballads then this isn’t for you, but if you can see through that, and enjoy it for what it is, you’ll gain plenty.

What will you learn while you jam?
1. The basics of traditional bluegrass
2. How to best play it on your Ukulele
3. How to fit in at a bluegrass jam
4. A little of the circle of fifths
5. How to form a bluegrass band that emulates the sound of a traditional bluegrass band
6. We’ll play lots of bluegrass songs
7. We’ll explore the songs a little along the way

What to bring?

A sense of humor, any ukulele you desire, as many ukuleles as you desire, a notepad if you want to take notes, a tuner, water to drink, a snack to eat during the breaks, a questioning mind because there are lots of people who don’t understand the same thing as you and they are never game to ask so no one finds out. Patience and plenty of it.
This workshop can cater for Ubass, Baritone, Tenor, Concert, Soprano and Banjo ukes so please bring them along. Hell you can bring your devils box (fiddle)! If its stringed just bring it along, I’m not going to exclude other instruments, except bagpipes…. don’t bring bagpipes along.
That being said you need to be proficient enough to play basic songs in basic chords, and if you bring a lead instrument be prepared to play the melody.

All participants will receive a copy of the songs played in the workshop to take home to help you practise.

Want to get your Bluegrass on now? Check these out to help you understand the style …
1. Watch the movie Oh Brother Where For Art Thou staring George Clooney
2. Listen to the following bands on Spotify or YouTube

  • The Davidson Brothers
  • Bluegrass Parkway
  • Honey and Knives
  • The Steel Drivers
  • Bill Monroe
  • Earl Scruggs
  • The Soggy Bottom Boys

3. Listen to the radio show Three Chords and The Truth on 98.9fm Thursdays 6.00pm to 7.00pm
4. Purchase a “Parking Lot Picker’s Songbook” for most of the bluegrass standards.
5. Google e.g. Jo found this great list of songs—2018

Presenter: Tony Richardson

Tony reprises this very popular workshop first shared in 2019. Apart from being instigator and jam leader of the Northside Jam for many years, he is one of only a handful of BUMS to play at bluegrass festivals on stage, in the Bumsteaders bluegrass ukulele band.



Finally …. One to get you in the mood

A traditional Mama Don’t Allow played by just about everyone… check out Flatt & Scruggs or this version by the Jive Aces which features uke.

For the Bluegrass aficionados, here’s one from the “Father of Bluegrass Music”, Bill Monroe, together with his band, with the classic instrument ensemble of fiddle, mandolin, guitar, 5-string banjo, and bass. The clip also demonstrates Bluegrass singing at its purest, solo and harmonised, in the style that has been described as “High and Lonesome”. Thank you Chris Bird for the link.


A plea to all BUMS to support this important campaign from Ian Phillips.

I am a Primary School Music Teacher and have been passionate about my job for 30 years now. Not only has my passion been with children but with adults alike. Leading the Cage for so many years has certainly been a highlight for me.

Music for me has been enlightening. It is one of those subjects that allows us to be human; allows us to express feeling; and allows us to be critical.

Research about the benefits of music in our lives is enormous. One does not have to delve far when googling this on the internet to find the benefits of Music.

Back to the days of Plato it was noted by Plato himself that: I would teach children music, physics and philosophy; but more importantly music; for in the patterns of music and all the arts, are the keys to learning.

It is true to say that:

  • Music improves confidence, self-expression and fosters creativity.
  • Music promotes teamwork and collaboration.
  • Music develops neural pathways and enhances brain function.

Source: Music Education | Music Australia

SPRUKE 2019 Schools Concert finale, a massed ensemble showcasing primary school musicians and their teachers.

Queensland has led the way I believe in Music Education. When I began teaching, every Queensland school had a music teacher who not only taught music to children but also empowered classroom teachers to teach music in their classes.

I am pleased to be part of a campaign within the Qld Teachers’ Union called “Music For Every Child Every Week”. Here is some of the information they have put together about the precarious state of Music Education in Qld.

Since the 1970s, Queensland has led the way in providing an in-depth study of music for children in classrooms and through world class Instrumental Music programs. These world-class comprehensive programs can only be provided if Music is continuous – every week of the year for every student. Unfortunately, Music Programs are being diminished in some primary schools.

Today’s issues

  • Music education is being reduced
  • With Classroom Music programs being cut at some schools around Queensland, the question of equity for all students is raised. Every student deserves access to sequential, continuous Music learning throughout their primary years. It should not depend on which school you attend.
  • Students in State Schools should have access to Music education – Every Child, Every Week. An understanding of Music Education, the effective teaching of a metalanguage, sound and symbol system (similar to the teaching of a language) is a very specialised area of teaching that takes many years of training to master and these skills should be valued, not minimised.
  • Without continuous (every week for every student) classroom Music programs as the foundation, the Instrumental Music Program can not be as successfully implemented and this, in turn impacts Instrumental Music staff.

We are campaigning to reinstate Music Education programs in Qld State Primary Schools. As part of that campaign (Music for Every Child, Every Week) and in conjunction with the Qld Teachers’ Union, we are asking people to sign a pledge. We are hoping to get many well-known musicians, politicians, music educators, researchers and people of influence in our field to sign this pledge. Community groups like BUMS fall into this category.

We need you to support the campaign.

  • Firstly, imagine how ukulele playing and music has made a major improvement in your life.
  • Imagine what it would be like if you had the opportunity to learn music every week of your primary school life. How might that have changed your life?
  • Imagine what it would be like not having the true value of the arts that helps us to become human. What society would we be today?

I will be seen at upcoming jams to talk about this further and hear your stories on how music has not only empowered but enlightened your life. I am hoping to gain photos of us signing the pledge to be uploaded onto social media.

I am more than happy to be contacted should you require more information. My email is ">


Download The Music for Every Child Every Week Pledge to print

Download PDF Music for Every Child, Every Week One Page (1) with more information from Qld Teachers’ Union

Music For Every Child Every Week Facebook Page 


Ian Phillips is the current leader of the BUMS Inc community band Four String Collective, and jam set-leader. He is a life member (2020), a past President of BUMS (2015-2017), past leader of The Cage community band , and Kids UkeFest innovator.


Chord Voicing Workshop- Make your ukulele sing with Coady Brule

Chord voicing — make your ukulele sing!

Join Coady Brûlé for an exciting new way to workshop songs. Make your ukulele sing through chord voicing.

 Coorparoo Bowls Club, 32 Riddings Street, Coorparoo, 4151

 Friday 29 Oct 2021 (rescheduled Ekka public holiday)

 6:30-8:30 pm


Tickets via Trybooking from Wed 29 September.

Financial BUMS save 50% with promo-code received Mon 27 September via email.

A ticketed COVID-Safe workshop.


There are many ways to play any chord, and they are not all created equal! They can change how a song feels, just as strum patterns do!

As a group we will dissect one song and witness how different voicing of chords brings unique flavour and feel, enhancing the experience.

Now I know if you looked at every chord, and their different shape, it may seem very daunting. However just remember the only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time!

So come exploring chord voicing with the song Colors by Black Pumas as we continue our ukulele journey together!!

Link to official video on Youtube:

What you’ll need:
  • Please bring a soprano, concert or tenor ukulele. High-G or Low-G is fine. You can bring a baritone uke, but any chord diagrams will be for “GCEA” tuning.
  • smile
  • good vibes
  • pen and some lined paper (easier for jotting chord shapes)

There will be a projector in use and handouts will be given at the start of the workshop. If you prefer to look at the handouts instead of the screen, then please bring a music stand.

Hope you see you all there!


Coady Brûlé was born in Canada into a musical family. He made an early start on drums, but then learnt guitar as a teenager. In a solo trip around Europe he took up ukulele to lighten his travel load.  Since then he slowly gravitated towards the four string, and for the past five years that’s all he plays. Coady is an experienced trainer, who enjoys playing, teaching and sharing. Now he’s sharing his knowledge of music and ukulele with BUMS.

Coady Brûlé — Music on my Mind

Read more about Coady’s and other BUMS members Ukulele Journey stories on our Our BUMS Community page


BUMS Blast Off with a new start

The last two years have been tough for the BUMS management committee. It’s time for a new start for BUMS Inc. I started as President in October 2019 with clear ideas of how we could make BUMS bigger and better for our members. By March 2020, COVID lockdowns had started and the whole focus of BUMS turned to surviving. How could we keep BUMS going?

We turned our attention into managing the COVID crisis. We introduced online jams, a special Facebook site for members and associate members, and froze membership fees for six months. In September, we started running COVID-safe jams with limited numbers, Trybooking pre-jam ticketing, and social distancing. By Christmas, we felt we were getting back to normal.

This year has not been any easier. Short-sharp lockdowns and other restrictions have meant jam and workshop cancellations. The whole process of arranging and running jams has become logistically more complicated. We now have to arrange QR codes and contact tracing records. We tried to get a mini-SPRUKE festival going but were eventually forced to cancel it.

A swagger of performing BUMS at the Billy Bob jam. Many are committee members, set leaders, jam organisers and Community Band members.

Our member’s commitment

BUMS exists to have fun, to develop our members ukulele and performance skills and to spread the joy of the ukulele throughout the community.

BUMS is run by its members. They volunteer in a myriad of ways – large and small. For instance, some serve on the management committee: some work as crew at jams and workshops: some lead sets at jams. Some organise and play in our community bands or BUMS affiliated bands. All members spread the ukulele message just by playing it and sharing their experience with others.

I’ve worked with many volunteer organisations in my life and one thing is common across all of them – the varied level of commitment of the members. Broadly speaking, our members can be described as:

  • Passive. They value their membership but are not very involved in BUMS activities due to time constraints, other commitments or health reasons.
  • Active. They attend BUMS events regularly without being involved in the creation or delivery of the events.
  • Committed. They love the ukulele and actively participate through BUMS jams, workshops, bands and the society, sharing their experience, learning new skills and having fun. These people are happy to volunteer a few hours monthly to contribute to the running of the society for the benefit of all members.
  • Hyper-committed. In all volunteer organisations, there are people who pour enormous energy and enthusiasm into the organisation. They prioritise their commitment to the society over other calls on their time.  Volunteer-aholics if you like.

To remain vibrant and effective, volunteer organisations need to build a body of committed members who can share the workload. They need to relieve the hyper-committed members to avoid them burning out.

Sylvia, Caroline and Lesley BUMS Treasurer welcoming and jamming at the Northside door.

Fresh start

The BUMS Inc Annual General Meeting is on 30 October. The current committee members will stand down and a new committee will be elected.

I want to acknowledge three BUMS members who have decided to retire from the committee in October. It is no coincidence that they are all life members of BUMS and I consider them in the hyper-committed category.

The three people are Jo Kunde, John and Keryn Henderson. They have made significant contributions to BUMS in the spotlight and behind the scenes. Thank you.  I’ll say more about this at the AGM.

We have expressions of interest from members to form a new committee. Some current members will stand for re-election. Opportunities exist for any BUMS financial member to join the committee or be involved in the administration and operation of BUMS. They are roles for people with experience in IT, social media, graphic design, photography, video editing, marketing, accounting, administration, record keeping and more.

David Pedler, BUMS Inc President

We dare to hope that reaching COVID vaccination targets will lead to an opening up of Queensland and Australia. As we recover from the doldrums of 2021, the fun and positivity of the ukulele can be a vehicle to get us all out and about again and inspire others in South-East Queensland. If you want to be part of this adventure, contact me on "> to discuss how you can become involved.

David Pedler – BUMS Inc President 2019-2021

Find out how you can contribute in this related post: Answer the Call!


Reviews from BUMS members attending the Lord Mayors Senior Cabaret program

The Lord Mayor’s Seniors Cabaret program runs every year and encourages older people to ‘strut their stuff’ on stage. In 2021, the events had a theme of a “Night at the Oscars”, so participants were asked to perform songs that had won or been nominated for an Oscar.

Many BUMS members participated in the program. If you haven’t heard of the program before, it’s free and has three parts.

Part 1 Masterclasses

These three-hour workshops are run by well-known stage and theatrical performers. Some workshops are based on groups – such as dancing and choirs – whereas most are focused on individual or small group performances. You need a ticket to participate but anyone can go along and watch.

Part 2 Showcases

Chosen performers or groups from the Masterclasses are invited to perform at these 75 minute long shows.  Anyone can go along and watch for free.

Part 3 Gala Show

The final event is the Lord Mayor’s Seniors Gala Concert. This year it is on Sunday 24 October at Brisbane City Hall. It features celebrity guests (including Karen Knowles, Simon Gleeson and BUMS member, Erin Harrington) and many of Brisbane’s most talented seniors from the Showcase events.

Tickets are on sale now via the Oztix website or phone 1300 762 545. Tickets are $5 each with proceeds being donated to the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust.


Many BUMS members attended these workshops and provided feedback including Adrianne Fitzpatrick, Charmaine Matthews, Daphne Bradshaw, Terry Halton, Denise Frost, Mick Angeles and Spare Parts (Diane Davis, Len Farina, Peter Grace and David Smith).

There were 11 workshops in 2021 run in venues as far flung as Zillmere, Sandgate, Hamilton, Kedron, Seven Hills, Wynnum, Moorooka, Sunnybank and near Brisbane CBD.

The individual Masterclasses were a bit like auditions where a performer or performers would present their piece and then receive feedback and coaching from the workshop leader.

Here’s some detail of the masterclasses from the viewpoint of those who participated.

Learn what’s happening technically when you sing – Daniel Robinson
Charmaine Matthews reported there were eleven acts at the Wynnum workshop with performers using either a backing track or piano, guitar or ukulele accompaniment.

Although Daphne Bradshaw and I didn’t perform an Oscar song, we still received positive feedback from Daniel. He recommended we place our mics at a different angle to easily see each other during the performance.

Charmaine Matthews: The Masterclass was a worthwhile experience, one that I would recommend to everyone. It was interesting to see other performances and hear the recommendations provided by our mentor Daniel Robinson.

Less is more – improve your performance by doing less – Gregory Moore
Len Farina reported that Gregory’s workshop was run on a normal master class basis. The performers sang and played in front of all the participants. The mentor gave feedback and invited the performer to repeat a part of the performance to try out the suggested changes.

Gregory’s had a motto – less is more – implying that it is riskier to make performances too complicated. Simplicity is often better.

There were 14 performers at this workshop. Most were soloists singing with a backing track. There was also a male/female duet, a barber’s shop quartet (with five singers) and an excellent four-piece female group. Spare Parts, a four-piece ukulele band, were the only act playing instruments. We performed Shallow (A Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper song from A Star is Born 2018).

Len Farina. Sitting through all the solo singers got a bit tedious but Gregory’s feedback after each performance was really good. Often what he said applied more generally and was relevant to all of us.

One of Gregory’s recommendations was to hold your pose at the end of a song until the applause starts. Many of the performers relaxed as soon as their song ended (phew thank goodness that’s over!) and the magic from their performance evaporated.

Spare Parts in action.

Ukulele and voice – learn new songs as a group – Erin Harrington
BUMS member Erin Harrington presented a ukulele workshop which many BUMS members attended.

This is the first year that Erin had been invited to lead a workshop and she admits she was unsure what the program director wanted. It was initially planned as a master class, but the demand was so high, there was not enough time to accommodate everyone in a three-hour workshop.

Adrianne Fitzpatrick reported that about 30 uke players attended the workshop ranging from beginners to experienced players. Erin ran through some introductory ukulele skills and introduced three songs including an arrangement of Eye of the Tiger (from Rocky III, 1982). It featured a stamp/strum riff which was really good but difficult for a whole room of players to coordinate.

Adrianne Fitzpatrick: The day was a lot of fun. I love any chance to play the uke with others! Just as much fun was some spontaneous playing and singing during the break!

Unfortunately, time was against us and COVID restrictions prevented us making any progress on getting a group together to perform at a showcase concert. The program director also realised that a large band could not easily be accommodated on the performance stages. The workshop is expected to be on again next year with an improved format developed from its first outing.

Lots of BUMS at Ukulele and voice – learn new songs as a group masterclass. image: Erin Harrington.

For anyone new to singing – Rhonda Davidson-Irwin
Daphne Bradshaw reported on this individual singing Masterclass. The workshop started with breathing techniques, reaching highs and lows without running out of breath. These good vocal exercises made learning a lot of fun.

Her performance piece was Goody Goody a 1936 song and she got very positive feedback. Rhonda felt it was a good song for her voice, she had good stage presence and would make a good jazz singer. How’s that for confidence boosting?

Daphne Bradshaw: It certainly has been an awesome experience, and I would definitely recommend entering into it next year.

Learn new songs as a group – Gregory Moore

Denise Frost: I’m a choir novice and was looking forward to a novel, interesting experience at this Masterclass. I certainly wasn’t disappointed!

The 30 participants learnt Lullaby of Broadway and Moon River, working up to three-part harmony. It was surprising how easily the group worked with Greg and how quickly they picked up the harmony. Denise realised that the group had years of musical (and life) experience. In the hands of an expert musician like Greg, they could fly.

Adrianne Fitzpatrick: For anyone who loves to sing, but doesn’t feel confident going solo, the group singing workshop is a great option. Gregory Moore’s experience in choral conducting was immediately evident. He was lots of fun, enthusiastic and engaging.

Sadly, neither Denise or Adrianne could attend the later rehearsals or perform Moon River on stage. But next year!

Karen Knowles & Mick Angeles

Karen Knowles & Mick Angeles at Lord Mayors Senior Cabaret Masterclass

What to do on stage when you’re unsure what to do – Karen Knowles.

There were ten acts in this Masterclass. Some used backing tracks, some accompanied themselves (piano, guitar and ukulele) and some used an amazing pianist who could sight read anything.

Adrianne Fitzpatrick: Karen worked on vocal technique with some performers in a way that taught all of us. She was very encouraging throughout – even when nerves got the better of me and I totally flubbed my performance! – and I have vowed to try again next year.

Mick Angeles played ukulele and sang Moon River (Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961). He also chose to perform Jean (from the Prime of Miss Jean Brody,1969) on piano. He’d never played the piano in public before, and his performance was on a massive grand piano on stage at the Old Museum Concert Hall. He says he didn’t know what to do with the clutch, brake and accelerator pedals. Karen said he played piano like a natural! What a debut.

Read more about Micks journey through the 2021 program – Always Learning.

Terry Halton went to three Masterclasses.

The classes were casual, fun, helpful and enjoyable. I encourage anyone interested in improving their Ukulele playing and presentation to attend future classes.

The Kedron-Wavell Showcase Choir with Diane Davis, Charmaine Matthews and Daphne Bradshaw


There were eight shows planned at venues all over Brisbane from Arana Hills, Sandgate, Kedron, Wynnum, Sherwood, Acacia Ridge, Sunnybank to the Brisbane Showgrounds.
WestsideHQ at Sherwood
Spare Parts played at this concert. We chose to perform Shallow and You Got a Friend in Me (from Toy Story 1997). Each of the eight acts performed two songs, and there was an audience of 50 or so (including the performers). Every performance is a challenge, and we were encouraged to perform without song sheets or music in front of us. We are better for the experience. By playing Shallow, we hoped to demonstrate that the ukulele can be more than what many audiences might imagine.
Kedron-Wavell Services Club
Diane Davis, Charmaine Matthews and Daphne Bradshaw were members of the choir that performed Lullaby of Broadway (Gold Diggers, 1935) and Moon River (Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961) at this Showcase concert.
Arana Leagues Club
Mick Angeles was invited to play two songs at this Showcase and he chose Somewhere over the Rainbow (Wizard of Oz, 1939) and Moon River (Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961).


See BUMS own Mick Angeles and Erin Harrington in the Lord Mayor’s Senior Cabaret Gala: A Night at the Oscars. Mick has been invited to perform Somewhere over the Rainbow (the Israel Kamakawiwo’ole version) at the Gala Concert on Sunday 24 October. Well done, mate!

With professional mentor, Erin Harrington also performing, there will be two BUMS on stage. Get your ticket and show your support as well as see a great show!

Tickets are on sale now via the Oztix website or phone 1300 762 545. Tickets are $5 each with proceeds being donated to the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust.

Check out Gympie Rotary “Ancient Craft, Rare Trades” Expo, October 30 – 31, 2021

Hosted by the Rotary Club of Gympie, the “Ancient Crafts, Rare Trades” Expo is a tribute to the heritage trades of our past and a celebration of the artisans that keep these almost-forgotten trades alive.

Three outstanding artisans/musicians/luthiers who will join over 45 other makers of heritage trades and crafts, demonstrating all weekend in a village-like atmosphere in the stadium and Pavilion, Gympie Showgrounds.

Meet these diverse music makers at the event — be prepared for a song or three, lively jam sessions or even dueling banjos!

The luthiers will come with their handmade, beautifully crafted guitars, ukuleles, harps and more — bespoke instruments, crafted from the best of timbers, and from creative combinations of salvaged materials and innovative combinations of hemp composites, gourds and more.

These characters are not to be missed!

Bruce Walker — Sensory harp maker and guitar maker. A talented artisan, Bruce is renowned for his sensory harps, which have therapeutic benefits for people suffering with debilitating dementia. Research shows that sensory stimulation, the sensation of vibrations, the value of musical therapy help with psychological, and cognitive aspects of dementia, as well as improve the quality of life.

Ziko — Hart’s Harps is a creator of bespoke hand-made specialist instruments, crafted from a combination of traditional and modern durable materials. Check out his display of instruments, including his latest creations – hemp bodied harps.

Stan Ceglinski is the image of the timber-getters of old, the early pioneers. A true-blue mountain of a man, he evokes memories of the romantic outback of Banjo Patterson, the battler outback of Henry Lawson. He is rough and unpolished — Stan Ceglinski is the real deal.

  • Stan’s power-packed Australian Bushcraft Show
  • Jam sessions at Stan’s stall
  • Stan’s Have-a-go Bushcraft activities for kids.


TICKETS $8 per person per day

Meet the Makers: 30 -31 October 2021.  

The Pavilion and surrounds, Gympie Showgrounds, Exhibition Rd, Southside

From 9:30 am

Over 45 makers will gather at this year’s Expo, keen to inspire with their passion and to pass on their knowledge to preserve the longevity of their craft. It will be a weekend filled with non-stop demonstrations, vintage displays, bushcraft shows, artisan markets and lots of good old-fashioned camaraderie.

The event will  be held in conjunction with the Gympie Rotary Quilt & Craft Spectacular, one of Queensland’s largest quilting and crafing events, and the Craft Beer Open Door – the age-old art of brewing, another essential craft!

Check the website for more information including the other crafts represented.

SPRUKE is back for it’s 5th biennial festival!

It’ll be a Big Uke Day Out at Seven Hills Hub, Brisbane’s newest creative  precinct. Enjoy the daytime live performances, workshops and open mic, and Spruketacular concert at night. Free parking, a food truck and coffee van, bring a picnic and chillout in the adjacent park. Tickets available soon.

Saturday 18 September 2021

10 am – 10 pm

Seven Hills Hub — 28 Tallowwood Street, Seven Hills. QLD 4170

Find it on Google maps:

Headline acts for the concert, and workshops are being finalised now and tickets will be available soon through Trybooking. All performers and workshop facilitators are by invitation this year.

To keep up to date with program announcements, please check out our Facebook page Spruke Brisbane’s Ukulele Festival.

Check the SPRUKE website for all the latest news.


Drawn at the Northside Jam on Tuesday 28 September 2021. Congratulations to our lucky winners!


1st Prize:  Yvonne Yellow X03

2nd Prize:  Judy Tait Yellow X30

3rd Prize:  Donna Farrell Yellow X45

The BUMS raffle for September 2021 is a hot accessories kit perfect for social nights around a campfire or at a jam.

The Major Draw is a Ammoon Lap Cajon,  Adjustable Drum Stool, and Wire drum brushes with a neat Kadink Library Bag to keep them in (valued $153).

We have two additional minor draws to share the warmth!

You could take home either:

a. Adjustable Foot Rest and BUMS T-shirt   (valued  $40)
b. Headstock Strap and BUMS T-shirt          (valued  $30)

Bring some change to any jam in August or September and buy your tickets!


Coming to a jam near you soon….

Starting at Northside jam 24 August, drawn on 28 September at Northside. 





Loud and proud …


Drawn at Westside on 10 March 2021. A big thank you to our sponsors, and congratulations to our winners!

1st prize – David Pedler
2nd prize – Lori Kibelkstis
3rd prize – Sharon Wootton

Tow happy Loud & Proud raffle prize winners, March 2021

Tickets for the next raffle go on sale at the March Ferny Grove Jam.

Tickets $2 each

Available at Coorparoo, Westside, Ferny Grove and Northside jams throughout February also Coorparoo and Westside jams in March.
Drawn at the Westside Jam Wed 10 March 2021.



1st Prize: Aroma Acoustic Amp; Kirlin Instrument Cable and Musical Print Pencil Case (total value $253.90)

The Aroma 15W Portable Acoustic Guitar Amp is a portable battery-powered rechargeable amp designed for practicing or outdoor playing. It is compact and easy to carry around to your band performance, outdoor gathering or just practicing at home (RRP $219) BUMS Inc sourced the amp from Binary Music Cleveland.

2nd Prize pack: Vo Dee O” (Relatively Speaking); “Australian Ukulele 2019” (Various Aus artists); Worth – Concert 63 (fluorocarbon) Strings; & SPRUKE t-shirt (total value $65)

3rd Prize pack:Mystical & Blue” (Trevor Gollagher); “Your Ukulele has more than 3 Frets” (Trevor Gollagher); Ko’olau Concert (monofilament/nylon) Strings; & SPRUKE t-shirt (total value $55)

Prizes courtesy of BUMS Inc & Trevor Gollagher Music. Cable and pencil case from Morris Brothers Music Store. Amp from Binary Music.

Prizes courtesy of BUMS Inc & Trevor Gollagher Music. Cable and pencil case from Morris Brothers Music Store. Amp from Binary Music.

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