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Join the BUMS for our biggest jam of the month.

It’s also our 12th Birthday and we are celebrating! Come and see why Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society have been going strong for over 12 years. Grab your uke and bring your friends and have a fun night. Our setleaders for May are Stephen Sandilands and Darryl Reeves, Adrian Board, and Dave Hethorn.

Songs range from simple chords for beginners (and to limber up!) to more challenging chords and strumming for the more experienced.

Beginners and new players come for the introductory class at 6:30 pm before the Big Jam starts. You’ll learn some jam survival tips and useful chords. Please arrive early to tune up.
Chan The Crooner and The Woodstock Experience are performing in round 3 of the Guitar Brothers Sprukestar Quest at BUMS Coorparoo Jam in May.

This is also the third round of the Guitar Brothers Sprukestar Quest .

The two acts for our open mic contest are, Chan The Crooner (Chan Hoo) and The Woodstock Experience (John Lindsay) performing after the first break.

Every audience member gets the opportunity to vote for the act they felt was the most entertaining!

The winner goes through to the May Decider Round at the Northside Jam.

There’s great prizes and bragging rights at stake so we need you all to come, cheer the acts on…  and vote!

Find the Sprukestar Quest performer schedule on the Spruke Festival website https://www.spruke.net.au/who-will-be-the-next-sprukestar/.

Bring some spare change for our fabulous Sprukestar Raffle, generously donated by our SPRUKE 2019 Competition Sponsors Guitar Brothers.

BUMS Big Uke Jam – Coorparoo – Always first Wednesday of the month
Coorparoo Bowls Club, 32 Riddings St, Coorparoo.
Beginners 6:30 pm. Jam starts at 7:00 pm.

If you’d like to “try before you buy”, email to inquire about borrowing a ukulele for the evening.

Food and drinks available from the Green Bar and Kitchen. Open from 6:00 pm.

 


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!

Coorparoo Bowls Club, 32 Riddings Road, Coorparoo 4151

Coorparoo Bowls Club, 32 Riddings Road, Coorparoo 4151

Have you branched out into baritone?

Ukes come in many sizes and shapes, and can be adapted to different styles of music. We see more and more baritone ukuleles at the jams and in our performing groups.

Why play a baritone?

The baritone provides a great transition from 6-string instruments like guitar to playing with 4 strings. If you’re having a hard time adjusting to the GCEA tuned ukulele, this might be the solution for you. Baritone ukulele is a great guitar alternative. Moving from a guitar to baritone ukulele is very easy because most of chord shapes are the same (the exception being that the bottom two strings are just not there). For some people the longer fretboard of the baritone can be a better fit than shorter ukulele fretboards. Compared to a guitar, the string tension is less, and the fret spacing is closer together, and there are only 4 strings to bar. And a baritone uke is so much more portable than a guitar.

Here’s your chance to get started by joining qualified ukulele teacher, Garry Collins at …

Venue: Coorparoo Bowls Club, 32 Riddings Street, Coorparoo QLD 4151
Date: Saturday 25 May 2019
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 or 4:00 pm

Garry Collins has a Certificate 3 in teaching ukulele having trained under James Hill for three years. He has played the baritone ukulele for five years, performing with the Brisbane Uketet.

TICKETS $25

BUY TICKET ONLINE AT TRYBOOKING https://www.trybooking.com/487224

BUMS financial members tickets $5 with promo code (Check your email 24 March Subject: Members Promo Code for Introduction to Baritone Ukulele Workshop )
Please Note: Trybooking has an addition booking fee $0.50 TIPS for using Trybooking here

Workshop description

If you have a baritone ukulele and want to know the differences it has to the standard ukuleles, or even if you don’t have one but are thinking about getting one and want to find out about it before you spend your money then this workshop will answer your questions.

This workshop is suitable for any, beginners to advanced. You will learn how the baritone is tuned, the differences and the similarities the baritone has to other ukuleles. The basic chords in all keys on the baritone. A few different methods you can use on the baritone to play along with others and enhance the overall sound.

Towards the end we will have a bit of a jam so you can get used to baritone chording. To join in the last bit you will need a baritone ukulele and a tuner. There will be a spare (one only) for those who don’t have one but would like to try it out. If you have access to a standard tuned guitar you can use that.

A copy of notes from the workshop and a chord chart will be given to all participants.


If you would like to join BUMS (and get great perks like special prices for workshops) on our membership page.

Check out what jams, workshops, and performances are happening every month on the News & Events page.

Join the BUMS for our biggest jam of the month.

Songs range from simple chords for beginners (and to limber up!) to more challenging chords and strumming for the more experienced. Beginners and new players come for the introductory class at 6:30 pm before the Big Jam starts. You’ll learn some jam survival tips and useful chords. Please arrive early to tune up.

This is the first round of the Guitar Brothers Sprukestar Quest . It’s an open mic contest and our  first two acts, The Ukey Beats (Steve Sandilands & Darrell Reeves) and Lilly (Lillyarna Clark), are performing after the first break.

Every audience member gets the opportunity to vote for the act they felt was the most entertaining!

The winner goes through to the April decider round at the Northside Jam. There’s great prizes and bragging rights at stake so we need you all to come, cheer the acts on…  and vote!

Find the Sprukestar Quest performer schedule on the Spruke Festival website https://www.spruke.net.au/who-will-be-the-next-sprukestar/.

Bring some spare change for our two fabulous raffles-

BUMS Big Uke Jam – Coorparoo – Always first Wednesday of the month
Coorparoo Bowls Club, 32 Riddings St, Coorparoo.
Beginners 6:30 pm. Jam starts at 7:00 pm.

If you’d like to “try before you buy”, email to inquire about borrowing a ukulele for the evening.

Food and drinks available from the Green Bar and Kitchen. Open from 6:00 pm.


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!

Coorparoo Bowls Club, 32 Riddings Road, Coorparoo 4151

Coorparoo Bowls Club, 32 Riddings Road, Coorparoo 4151

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.

 

 

Join the BUMS for our biggest jam of the month.

Songs range from simple chords for beginners (and to limber up!) to more challenging chords and strumming for the more experienced.

A special set of traditional Irish Music from Peter McMeel, Brendan Williams and the Toowong Uke Plays Irish Sessions crew, ahead of the Celtic Workshop on Saturday 16 March. Workshop tickets available on Trybooking. Coady Brule also is leading a set after his ripper performance last month.

Beginners and new players come for the introductory class at 6:30 pm before the Big Jam starts. You’ll learn some jam survival tips and useful chords. Please arrive early to tune up.

Bring some spare change for our Easter Raffle.

BUMS Big Uke Jam – Coorparoo – Always first Wednesday of the month
Coorparoo Bowls Club, 32 Riddings St, Coorparoo.
Beginners 6:30 pm. Jam starts at 7:00 pm.

If you’d like to “try before you buy”, email to inquire about borrowing a ukulele for the evening.

Food and drinks available from the Green Bar and Kitchen. Open from 6:00 pm.


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!

Coorparoo Bowls Club, 32 Riddings Road, Coorparoo 4151

Coorparoo Bowls Club, 32 Riddings Road, Coorparoo 4151

BUMS are holding an open mic contest in the run up to our festival SPRUKE 2019

We want your act, whether a solo, group, adult or child, as long as you play ukulele. Players at any playing level are welcome to enter, you can even share the stage with up to 10 of your friends. You can be a beginner or a seasoned open mic performer. This is a popularity contest! The winner of every round will be chosen by the most votes from our jam audiences.

For even more fun there is an element of chance in the Sprukestar Quest Contest:

  • There is a random draw of the twenty (open mic) performance spots for the 10 Sprukestar Quest rounds on Monday 25 February.
  • In addition there is one random wildcard draw into semi-final 2 from all the entries not through to the semi-final rounds.

Find all the details and entry form on the Spruke Brisbane’s Ukulele Festival website.

PRIZES
The finalists will perform at the SPRUKE 2019 Festival Finale Concert.
The winning act will also receive a $500 Gift Voucher and the runner up act a $250 Gift Voucher.

HOW TO ENTER
• Read the Terms and Conditions.
• Make sure you can commit to the performance schedule. Download PDF.
• Get a photo of your act. Entrants will be required to provide a photograph of the entrant/act with his/her ukulele for publicity purposes: GIF/JPG/PNG image files accepted. Landscape orientation. File size less than 1MB.
• Complete the Entry Form with your personal details, and photo.
• Performers under the age of eighteen (18), download the “Minors Media Consent Form” sign and return via by Friday 22 February 2019.

Entries CLOSED midnight Friday 22 February 2019.

Stay tuned with winners of our open mic spots will be announce on Tuesday.

If you don’t enter please come and support the Sprukestar Quest performances, we need you in the audience to vote for your favourite act. Check out the schedule for all the rounds below.

Sprukestar Quest Performance Schedule- updated

 

This Event has been CANCELLED.

All tickets have been refunded. We apologise any inconvenience this has caused.

Join us for an exotic night of Tropical Trivia, Saturday 2 March at Coorparoo Bowls Club.
This is a fundraiser for  our festival SPRUKE 2019. Everyone is welcome, so bring your trivia loving friends and come along for a fun night of raffles, prizes, fun and musical surprises.

Dress up to WIN a prize.
• Best Team Costumes.
• Best Decorated Table.

Lots of Trivia Prizes, Raffles & Lucky Door Prize

Tickets available at Trybookinghttps://www.trybooking.com/463855

Single Tickets $12 (We’ll find you a team)
Table Ticket $90 (Get together a team of 8 and save)

Saturday 2 March
Arrive 6:30PM for a 7:00PM sharp start to quizzing!

Coorparoo Bowls Club
32 Riddings Street, Coorparoo. 4151

Contact Details: Jo Kunde via .

Tickets will be on sale at Coorparoo, Ferny Grove, Toowong and Northside Jams through February. There will be no ticket sales at the door on the night (no walk- ins).

Join the BUMS for our biggest jam of the month.

Songs range from simple chords for beginners (and to limber up!) to more challenging chords and strumming for the more experienced.

Beginners and new players come for the introductory class at 6:30 pm before the Big Jam starts. You’ll learn some jam survival tips and useful chords. Please arrive early to tune up.

Bring some spare change for our Summer Raffle. All you need for a ukulele day at the beach!Tickets $2 or 3 for $5

BUMS Big Uke Jam – Coorparoo – Always first Wednesday of the month
Coorparoo Bowls Club, 32 Riddings St, Coorparoo.
Beginners 6:30 pm. Jam starts at 7:00 pm.

If you’d like to “try before you buy”, email to inquire about borrowing a ukulele for the evening.

Food and drinks available from the Green Bar and Kitchen. Open from 6:00 pm.


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!

Coorparoo Bowls Club, 32 Riddings Road, Coorparoo 4151

Coorparoo Bowls Club, 32 Riddings Road, Coorparoo 4151

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Join the BUMS for our first jam of 2019.  Songs range from simple chords for beginners (and to limber up!) to more challenging chords and strumming for the more experienced.

If you got a new ukulele for Christmas come to the introductory class at 6:30 pm before the Big Jam starts. You’ll learn some jam survival tips and useful chords. Please arrive early to tune up.

Bring some spare change for our Raffle.

BUMS Big Uke Jam – Coorparoo – Always first Wednesday of the month
Coorparoo Bowls Club, 32 Riddings St, Coorparoo.
Beginners 6:30 pm. Jam starts at 7:00 pm.

If you’d like to “try before you buy”, email to inquire about borrowing a ukulele for the evening.

Food and drinks available from the Green Bar and Kitchen. Open from 6:00 pm.


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!

Coorparoo Bowls Club, 32 Riddings Road, Coorparoo 4151

Coorparoo Bowls Club, 32 Riddings Road, Coorparoo 4151

Lots of festive fun at Jingle BUMS our biggest jam of the holiday season

Lots of festive fun at Jingle BUMS our biggest jam of the holiday season

Get Jingly at BUMS Biggest Jam of the Christmas Season

Time to pull out your most festive Christmas gear, grab your uke and some friends and head to Coorparoo Bowls Club for a jam and sing-a-long. Our set leaders for December are Spare Parts, The CAGE and Darryl & Steve. They’ve got songs for you to play from every genre, traditional carols to rollicking tunes guaranteed to make you smile!

Jingle BUMS

Wednesday 5 December 2018

Coorparoo Bowls Club

6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

 

Catch up with all your friends and join us for Christmas nibbles from 6:30 pm. Jam starts at 7:00 pm. There will be no open mic this month.

Coorparoo Bowls Club- 32 Riddings Street Coorparoo. BUMS members FREE and visitors $5.

CRAZIEST CHRISTMAS CLOBBER PARADE

Get your sparkle on! We want to see your craziest Christmas shirts and T’s …and anything else.

Three prizes to win. Two adults and one for the kids.

LUCKY DOOR PRIZES

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE

We’ve been selling tickets for a huge Christmas Raffle through December at our bigger Jams and tonight one lucky ticket will take it home.

You could win

  • a Makala Tenor Uke, aNue Gig Bag, Electronic Tuner, and Uke Strap.
  • Book- 100 Tips for Ukulele Payer That Pros Know and Use,
  • Yellow  Glen Sparkling, a Christmas Cake and Choccies!

Tickets 3 for $5