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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.

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 .

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