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.

Bring some spare change to get your tickets in the BUMS Summer Raffle.

Tickets 3 for $5, $2 each.

Win a Cordoba Protégé Concert Ukuele Model U1, gig bag and a bottle of Yellow Glen. Valued at $180!.
Raffle drawn at the 4 March 2020 Coorparoo Jam.

Generously supported by Binary Music, Cleveland.

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New members can join now for the 2019-2020 financial year for just $25! Check out all the benefits of being a BUM HERE.
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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, or check out our performances on YouTube/BrisbaneUkulele!

The Westside Daytime jam is now firmly established at Rosemount Community Centre in Sinnamon Park. After a change in venue in late in 2019, the Christmas jam and the first jam for 2020, confirm the popularity of the new location with around 50 players in the crowd.

Sue and Peter Sercombe kicked off a daytime, midweek jam in the western suburbs in 2014.  The BUMS Inc Management Committee had received several requests for a regular jam on that side of the city. After a short stint at Indooroopilly and several years at Toowong, the future of the Westside Jam is at Rosemount in Sinnamon Park.

Peter Sercombe on uBass.

Sue Sercombe leading the jam.








As residents of the Rosemount Retirement Community, Sue and Peter can take advantage of their Community Centre to continue jamming with their established followers. Already, the jam is attracting new players from the surrounding western suburbs.

The Community Centre is on the first floor and has air conditioning, a café for drinks and food, and access by stairs or a lift. Jam goers are welcome to come a bit early or stay on later to sample the offerings from the café.

The jam runs from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on the second Wednesday of the month. Music is projected onto a screen as at other jams. It’s a family affair with their daughter Michelle running the computer. Sue and Peter rotate the songs on their set lists and focus on music for the ‘more mature’ player. Sue also takes requests for new songs to be added to their repertoire.

Open mic spots are available, and Lesley Allan, Noel Bowers, Salli Chmura, Chan Hoo, Angela McGrath and Peter Ransom are just some of the regulars who have taken the opportunity.

The Westside Daytime jam is at the Rosemount Community Centre, 620 Seventeen Mile Rocks Road, Sinnamon Park, Queensland 4073. Feel welcome to use the drop-off area in front of the Community Centre, but please park along Seventeen Mile Rocks Road. The jam is free to BUMS Inc members, and costs $5 for visitors.

For more info, please contact Sue and Peter on 07 3378 5938.

Thank you to Loraine and Russell Wallace, newcomers to BUMS, who agreed to provide information for this article. Loraine said everyone was very welcoming, the venue was great, the music was fun, and the Belgian chocolate slice was delicious.


The BUMS Big Uke Jam at Coorparoo was attracting over 100 participants as far back as 2010.

The smallish photographic studio at the rear of ‘HOOK Ads’  was gradually becoming too small to accommodate a growing number of jam goers. By pure chance Dixie Scully was at the Coorparoo Bowls Club (CBC) one day, and to cut a longish story short, it transpired that the CBC was available for gatherings and had food and beverages available as well. Bonus!!  Without further ado BUMS moved from Bowen Hills to the Coorparoo Bowls Club, and we haven’t looked back since.

Initially members jammed downstairs in the bar area but quickly outgrew that space. When the jam regularly drew over 100 players, the committee negotiated to move upstairs.  The CBC has since become ‘BUMS HQ’ and remains the ‘flagship jam’ venue.

Bruce Uhlhorn leads the February 2010 jam downstairs at Coorparoo.

Bruce Uhlhorn, Milton Scully, Kahiwa Sebire and Garry Collins led segments of the jam. Garry created the BUMS songbooks that were used before the money earned by the Performing BUMS funded an AV set up that allowed the set leaders to project songsheets for viewing, and be amped and miced for volume. In the early days, Jimmy Hooper and Michael Madden were regular open mic performers. Eventually, Milton Scully became the main jam leader. Michael Willimott took over when Milton and Dixie joined the ‘on-the-road-again’ grey nomad brigade.

Peter McMeel introduced the 6:30 beginners group in about 2011 to cater to the growing numbers of beginners attending the jam. Many BUMS have shared the role since then, including John MacMillan, Michelle Paddy, Marg Renwood, Keryn Henderson, Garry Collins, Chrissy Heinrich, Ian Phillips, Steve Sandilands and Amanda Allwood.

In about 2013, the role of jam leader was made more manageable by inviting individuals and groups to lead a set each, instead of the jam leader being responsible for all three sets.

Now the Coorparoo jam enjoys a wide variety of set leaders and open mic performers that present a diverse range of music. The February 2019 Coorparoo Jam was no exception.

The evening began with Amanda Allwood’s 6:30 beginners group. Then Steve and Darrel filled a ‘technical difficulties’ gap in the program with an impromptu open mic performance of Cold Chisel’s song, Ita. David Pedler and Lyn Lucas began the jam proper by leading a fantastic Beatles tribute set. The Beatles songs always seem to ‘strike a chord’ with jam-goers, and this set was no exception.

Set 1 with David, Lyn and Cath.

Peter Ransom presented a surprise set for open mic with his usual eclectic but tuneful numbers from the past.

Toowong Irish Group leads Set 2.

Then Coorparoo went Irish! Peter McMeel, his mate Brendan Williams and the Toowong Irish group ran a stirring and toe tapping Irish set, as a prelude to their Celtic music workshop at Zillmere.

Peter McMeel, Geoff Dancer and Brendan Williams

The jam closed with an energetic set of contemporary popular songs by Coady & Adrian (code name Coadrian), with the indefatigable ‘Jazz Hands’ Cath McCourt on ubass.

Coadrian lead Set 3.


Cath McCourt on uBass.

The Coorparoo Jam continues to delight our members and visitors. A big thank you to all the Coorparoo regular set leaders and jam coordinators who’ve kept the ball rolling and the music playing for the past 9 years — Milton Scully, Michael Willimott, John Henderson, Lindsay Ball, Blair Marks, David Hethorn, Ian Phillips, Rob Carlyle and Max Borchardt to name a few.

And thanks to our ubass players for keeping us in time. Once the sole province of Cath McCourt, thanks to Cath’s excellent tuition and generous sharing of knowledge, we now have many ubass players to help lead sets at BUMS jams.

If you’re planning a night out on the 1st Wednesday of the month, join us at Coorparoo. Everyone is welcome! Members free, visitors $5.

And … if you don’t own a uke, you can borrow a ‘club uke’, to jam along.



NUMB BUMS was the second community band formed by BUMS. Established in 2013, and the group made its debut festival performance at SPRUKE that year. In case you’re wondering, the name stands for Northside Ukulele Musicians Branch of the Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society Inc. BUMS Inc members who are interested in joining a community band are welcome to come and ‘test the water’ at the group’s weekly sessions on Monday evenings at the Zillmere Community Hall on Murphy Road. Band members arrive at 6:30 pm to set up for a 6:45 pm start. If you want to know more, please email the Gigmeister (). One of the band’s lead singers, Peter Grace, tells us about the bands activities for 2018.


For me, it’s been another entertaining year as a member of NUMB BUMS. We are the BUMS community band based on the Northside of Brisbane.

As with other groups, the membership of the band varies due to a range of factors including work, travel, health and family. This year, there have been 13 ‘regulars’ who have formed the core for our practices and performances. We lost some of our female singers during the year, and were delighted to welcome two newcomers just in time for Christmas.

We have a very talented team. Several of our members branched out and complemented our performances with instrumentals on other instruments.

John F on didge

Marg R on spoons

Peter G on jug

Salli C on flute.

Andrew H on drums

Zoe W on recorder







Over the year, we have performed at 13 functions including BUMS jams, retirement and aged care facilities, for Christmas functions and charitable groups. Also, ten NUMB BUMS members were part of the BUMS Festival Group (BFG) that performed at the Newkulele Festival in Newcastle in October.

Ken Carter runs an improvisation workshop at band practice.

Developing our skills and confidence is a key aim of NUMB BUMS. Being in an enthusiastic group of players means all sorts of opportunities come up to perform at jams, opens mics and in other groups. When I glance down the list of our members, I note that all of us have performed publicly in other settings this year. Ahh – the ukulele can take you anywhere. Peter Grace

Fun behind the scenes.

By the end of their second year playing together, the chUKES were ready to take on the world! Well, Bulimba Ukulele Festival and QPAC’s Bands on the Green anyway. Which they very succesfully did. Setting the bar high, with repertoire from recent charts hits, favourites of individuals in the band and a few classics thrown in by their director, the challenge was to memorise! And just as well they did, as the stage at Bulimba barely fitted them all with no room left for music stands, and the storm that blew through Southbank on the night they played there in December made that step forward very worthwhile as they kept right on playing while the wind whirled leaves and banners around the stage and stage crew ran to catch equipment.

Earlier in the year, sucessful gigs had included leading a set at Cooparoo Jam night, playing for the Oxley Community Bands on the Green,  and Graceville UC and Milpera’s Art Exhibition.

Oxley Community Bands on the Green

The chUKES were proud to sing in the Indigenous Yuggera language while on Yuggera country. This new song which was co-written by Gaja Kerry Charlton and local school students, seeks to acknowledge our Frist Peoples, a very important step in reconciliation and celebrating 2019 as a year of Indigenous Languages.

And of course, finishing the year alongside the CAGE at the Pajama Foundation Christmas Party and the Oxley Community Carols were a great way to get into the festive season.

Oxley Carols Evening

As member grow older we’ve had a couple of people ‘retire’ from chUKES to concentrate on their high school studies. We are looking for some new members to join us this year. You’ll need to audition – a very casual audition – by playing and singing a song of your choice including at least 3 chords. Contact Megan on for more information.

Rehearsals are held 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sunday’s of each month (except school holidays), at Corinda State School.

Free Range chUKES play at the Green Jam at QPAC, South Bank


The chUKES are looking forward to performing a set at the Sunshine Coast Ukulele Festival in April 2019, and playing at local school and community events throughout the year.

The next cab off the rank in our jam feature series is … WE BUMS JAM!

Hope on Boundary — Home of WE BUMS.

That’s the West End folks —  on the 2nd Friday of the month.

It’s at a place called “Hope on Boundary Cafe” at 170 Boundary St West End.

That’s in Boundary Street, just up from the Vulture Street intersection heading towards Highgate Hill.

It’s licensed, it sells coffee and food, and it’s got a relaxed pleasant décor.

What else could you ask for? Music of course!

The WE BUMS jam is not new. It’s an oldie. It was started by a couple called Geoff and Francesca (everyone calls her Cesca) over 8 years ago at the Blackstar Café in Thomas Street, West End. It ran there until 2017, when they decided to move to the current address in Boundary Street.

The Venue

The current venue has an interesting history, which also provides a little insight into some previous confusion over where the jam is, which is why I highlighted the name and address.

This café itself was started by a not-for-profit organisation called Micah Projects, which provides hands-on work opportunities in the hospitality industry for those facing barriers to employment. The original café was set up in Hope Street, South Brisbane. But the organisation also opened up this second café in Boundary Street, West End.

I don’t know about you, but the word “serendipitous” comes to mind about a café to help the unemployed starting up in Hope Street.

The Jam

WE BUMS jam has a history of being small and intimate. It also has a record of running with a theme for the night, for example “rain” or “sea”. Cesca said it was a great way of learning a new repertoire of songs.

A quiet cosy night at WE BUMS.

Anyway, Geoff and Cesca needed a break, so they came to see Max – I think it was about a year ago. Geoff and Cesca still have their fingers in the pie, and are happy to step back in and give Max a break if he needs one. I think Max has set up a roster, and you risk getting a big slobbery kiss from our Presidento if you offer to lead a WE BUMS set.

But, hey, why not? Give him a call.

So, WE BUMS is an acoustic jam, set up in the outdoor area in front of the café. It’s a delightful venue with a (wait for it) casual tropical feel again. You come straight into the jam off the street, so it attracts the odd passer-by.

El Presidento runs the show.

There were about 20 people there on a balmy summer night for my visit in February. You can tell from the shirt that Max is wearing that it’s not a black tie affair.

The good thing about a small group like this is that you don’t have to follow a script … and guess what … we certainly didn’t. Many’s the time we said let’s skip that for now, that’s too hard, we’ll do that one later, or let’s stop to get a beer. Steve Sandilands was there to help us keep rhythm, sing in tune, and add a bit of fun and devil-may-care to everything we did.


What did we sing? (What didn’t we sing, more like it.) The Beatles, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, Janis Joplin, Blame it on the Bossa Nova, Sway, Love Potion No. 9, Mac the Knife, Everly Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, Harry Belafonte, Hank Williams etc. It was a good old singalong. We all sang lustily, and had a good time. It’s a great way to finish a hard week’s yakka. And surprisingly, I didn’t have too much trouble getting a park there.

Geoff Dancer

Wow, what a tremendous year for The CAGE!

With a slow start performance wise, we put our heads down to work on new pieces. We were fortunate to have a CAGE member by the name of Becky Lochel to put her hand up to co-lead with Ian Phillips. What a wonderful job she has done.

The CAGE at Oxley

We have ventured to, and participated in, a variety of events this year: QPAC on the Green, Oxley Bowls Club for Neighbourhood Watch, Music on the Porch Day, Performing with the Ignite Choir, PJ Foundation Christmas gig, Brookfield Christmas Bash , the Oxley Christmas Carols as well as leading sets at a couple of Coorparoo jams.

Brookfield Bush Christmas

We rest for now and return on Australia Day to perform at the local Australia Day gig at the Oxley Bowls Club. We officially start back for band practices on Sunday 3 February at Corinda State School. Players of all abilities are welcome. We hold beginners’ classes from 1:00 pm. Singing lessons will be introduced for individuals from 1:30 pm with The CAGE rehearsals starting at 2:00 pm.

With 2019 being a SPRUKE year, we will preparing hard for this. If you wish to start a new venture on the uke, give us a try. For more details about joining The CAGE, email Ian Phillips at .

The next cab off the rank in our jam feature series is … FERNY GROVE JAM!

The Ferny Grove Jam celebrated its 5 Year anniversary in May 2019. The jam runs from 7pm until 9pm on the 3rd Wednesday of the month (except during State of Origin). The jam started by Paul Morris (from Morris Brothers) and Linda Gough (from Ivory Frets Music), is still going strong – maybe 60 people there on 16 January. Andrew Hunt also deserves a mention for looking after the projector for the night.

What did Santa give you for Christmas? Socks, you say? Well, I can tell you what Santa gave a lot of people who were at the Ferny Grove Jam on Wednesday night 16 January this year … a Ukulele!

Donna teaching the beginners group the basics.

That’s right folks. Donna Farrell had her hands full with many absolute beginners. I don’t know how she does it, but she had all these newcomers strumming away merrily and contributing to a song by the end of the session. Dianne Davis and Donna Farrell’s group gets underway at 6pm, before the main jam.

January 2019 Ferny Grove Jam

We are close to Australia Day (as I write this review), so it will come as no surprise that there was an Oz theme. We started off with ‘Waltzing Mathilda’ and finished the night with ‘I am Australian’. Incidentally Bruce Woodley from the Seekers was one of the co-writers of this wonderful song. The other co-writer was Dobe Newton from the Bushwackers, and I saw and heard Dobe Newton do this song with the Bushwackers on New Year’s Eve at Woodford Folk Festival,

It will also come as no surprise that we did a couple of Slim Dusty songs – ‘Pub with no Beer’ and ‘Love to Have a Singalong with Paul and Linda’ (I just modified that to see if anyone reads this). To round off the Aussie theme, we also did Peter Allen’s evocative song from afar ‘I still Call Australia Home’, and James Blundell’s ‘Living and Working on the Land’. Some of these songs strike a poignant note with the hardships of drought and heatwave conditions in the bush that we have now.

What makes a good selection of songs for a jam? Well, there surely has be variety and Paul and Linda put together a mixed bag of songs for a singalong: Some Rock ‘n Roll – ‘Twist and Shout’ and ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ (The Beatles), ‘Rocking Robyn’ (written by Leon Rene), “Da Doo Ron Ron’ (The Crystals). Some pop with ‘Loco-Motion’ (Originally co-written by the inimitable Carole King), and ‘Ring, Ring’ (ABBA).

Linda & Paul leading the jam. Note the chord charts on the wall behind them.

And they also included a range of songs that test the tonsils: ‘Mull of Kintyre’ (Wings), ‘Top of the World’ (Carpenters), and ‘I Only Want to be With You’(Dusty Springfield). You could test if you could reach high notes in ‘Una Paloma Blanca’ (George Baker), particularly right at the end of the song where it goes up yet another level to Nitrogen giggle level (for me).

There was also a couple of more challenging songs, including ‘Logical Song’ (Supertramp). This is a personal favourite of mine, but the original recording has lots of keyboard from Roger Hodgson and orchestration in the British rock tradition. It worked out a treat, which goes to show you can do just about anything on a uke if you know what you are doing. Donna and Derek Farrell also stretched themselves, both vocally (Donna) and finger-picking wise (Derek), with a cover of the Jazz standard ‘I Can’t Give you Anything But Love’ (John Lloyd Young) during a break. Singers of the pedigree of Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and Frankie Valli have recorded this song.

Derek & Donna Farrell

It was a good night. I’m sure everyone who was there enjoyed themselves.
By the way, Linda’s Uke’n’Sing classes at the Ferny Grove Bowls Club will be beginning shortly. To find out more information, call 0431 391 888.

The next cab off the rank in our jam feature series is … Toowong Third Tuesday Ukulele Strummers (TuTus) Jam!

Sshh! Not many people know this secret. This jam is tucked away at picturesque West Toowong Bowls Club hideaway (a completely different venue from that of the Toowong Day-time Jam).

A ukulele group began meeting at the West Toowong Bowls Club as far back as 2012 or 2013 when a group of choir members decided to learn ukulele to accompany their singing. From 2014 the First Monday Ukulele Club (FMUC) at West Toowong was led by Judy Haines and Max Borchardt. In 2016, the group began meeting on Tuesdays, and became known as the Toowong Third Tuesday Ukulele Strummers (or TuTus for short). TuTus is now an official BUMS Inc jam venue.

It’s a small relaxed jam with troppo ambience, run on the bowls club verandah by our illustrious BUMS President, Max Borchardt. The final meet-up for TuTus in 2018 was on 20 November, and a write-up of this jam is the final newsletter review in 2018.

TuTus Jam on the verandah, West Toowong Bowls Club, Nov 2018

Salli struts her stuff, TuTus, Nov 2018

About a dozen people came to the November jam and that’s about the usual number. Helping Max was Salli on ubass.

We started with lots of old favourites including: “And Then I Kissed Her” – The Beach Boys, “Oh Boy” – Buddy Holly, and “Lord Won’t You Buy Me a Mercedes Benz” – Janis Joplin, where one brave soul, I think it was Noel, had a go at replicating Janice’s laugh at the end.

By this time we were warmed up. We sang the Creedence Clearwater Revival song “Down on the Corner” from their album “Willy and the Poor Boys” which sparked a debate about the meaning of the word ‘Kalamazoo’ in the song:

“Rooster hits the washboard and people just got to smile
Blinky thumps the gut bass and solos for a while
Poorboy twangs the rhythm out on his kalamazoo
And Willy goes into a dance and doubles on kazoo“

Did you know? The Gibson Company began operation in the town of Kalamazoo before relocating to Nashville. Gibson produced a budget range of instruments known as ‘Kalamazoos’.

Max in full voice, TuTus, Nov 2018


We then kicked on with other favourites including: “He’ll Have to Go” – Jim Reeves,
“Oh Boy” – Buddy Holly, “Love Potion Number 9” – The Searchers, and
“Mac the Knife” – Bobby Darin.

We had a surprise visitor from Dublin, Ireland who’d come to one of Max’s sessions three years ago, and she’d come back to rekindle memories. We sang “Molly Malone” (also known as “Cockles and Mussels”) largely in her honour.

It was a good way to finish 2018. TUTUS doesn’t start up again after Christmas until 19 February 2019.

I’d like to take the opportunity to wish all BUMS members a safe and happy New Year.

Geoff Dancer
BUMS Inc Events Manager

Flukey banner on display

Well, our second year together has passed, and what developments we have seen …

Our ukulele group, now called “Flukey”, has focussed on developing individual and ensemble skills as we work together to present to the wider public some wonderful music on this beautiful instrument the UKULELE! We now have our own logo, promotions blurb and thanks to Daphne, Grace and William’s daughter Olivia, Denis and the generous funding from BUMS, our own “Flukey” banner to display at performances!

This has been utilized at community events: Bardon Markets – twice; Gaythorne Bowls Club – twice; End of Year BBQ at Regina Caeli Catholic Church; Brookside Shopping Centre Christmas Carols; Paddington Christmas Street Markets and one performance at the BUMS Coorparoo Jam!

Through these performances we have been asked to perform at other venues which is great!

If you have a desire to sing harmonies or lead vocals we would love to see you come along to rehearsal with the view of joining our group, as we are looking to expand the vocalist role. You can get in contact with Charmaine on 0407 671 625 for more details.

Flukey rehearse every second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at Coorparoo Bowls Club from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Thanks to all our members for their efforts in rehearsals and performances, to Grace, our Events Coordinator, and Olivia, our publicist. We will see all enthusiastic people on Wednesday 13 February 2019 – some … with spectacular new instruments!

Flukey Christmas performance group, December 2018