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Easy Playing Classics, played at a pace suitable for beginner to intermediate players

This jam is led by experienced musicians Paul Morris of Morris Brothers Music and Linda Gough of Ivory Frets Music. 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. Read a review.

MARCH SPECIAL SHOW TUNES SET– As requested the Ferny Grove Crew will lead a set of fabulous showstopping tunes from your favourite classic musicals.

NUMBBUMS are also performing a couple of songs. If you’ve ever thought you’d like to join one of our community bands come and check them out.

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

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 6:30pm followed by Jam at 7:00pm

Bring some spare change for our Summer Raffle – All you need for a ukulele day at the beach!


NEW for all very new players Dianne Davis and Donna Farrell will 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 go through some basic chords. This will allow absolutely new players a grasp of basics so they can participate 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.

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

 

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

The Ferny Grove Beginners Jam will celebrate its 5 Year anniversary in May 2019. It goes from 7pm until 9pm on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. It was started by Paul Morris (from Morris Brothers) and Linda Gough (from Ivory Frets Music), and they’re 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.

Easy Playing Classics, played at a pace suitable for beginner to intermediate players

This jam is led by experienced musicians Paul Morris of Morris Brothers Music and Linda Gough of Ivory Frets Music. 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.

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

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 6:30pm followed by Jam at 7:00pm

Bring some spare change for our Summer Raffle – All you need for a ukulele day at the beach!


NEW for all very new players Dianne Davis and Donna Farrell will 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 go through some basic chords. This will allow absolutely new players a grasp of basics so they can participate 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!

This jam is led by experienced musicians Paul Morris of Morris Brothers Music and Linda Gough of Ivory Frets Music.
Easy Playing Classics. Played at a pace suitable for Beginner/Intermediate players.

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

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 6:30pm followed by Jam at 7:00pm

NEW for all very new players Dianne Davis and Donna Farrell will hold a Beginners Lesson before the jam at new time 6:00pm. Learn how to hold your uke, how to strum, how to read chord charts and go through some basic chords. This will allow absolutely new players a grasp of basics so they can participate and enjoy the jam.


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!

More Christmas Fun with our Northside Jams in December.

The Ferny Grove and Northside Jams combine and celebrate Christmas together at the

NORTHSIDE CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR.

Wednesday 12 December 2018

Ferny Grove Bowls Sports and Community Club

6:30 pm- 9:00 pm

Christmas nibbles from 6:30 pm or come early and have dinner in the restaurant. Drinks available from the bar.

Special guest performers including the NUMB BUS will join Linda Gough and Paul Morris our Ferny Grove jam leaders), with Peter Grace and Andrew Hunt our Northside jam leaders. There’ll be lots of festive fun so bring the family for a Christmas sing-a-long while you jam.

MORRIS BROTHER CHRISTMAS POP UP STORE

Morris Brothers Music Store have just launched their amazing Uke Nation collection and will have some amazing gift ideas for Santa to put under your Christmas Tree.

 


There is no other Ferny Grove Jam or Northside in December. Ferny Grove Jam will return to the third Wednesday of the month in the new year kicking off Wednesday 16 January 2019. Northside Jam will return to the fourth Tuesday of the month in the new year, so we’ll see you Tuesday 22 January 2019.

Uke Tricks ….to make you sound like a Pro. Derek Farrell shows you how with some simple tricks, you can learn how to unleash the power of your hands and take your playing to a whole new level.

Taking a couple of simple tunes to get you started, he’ll show you how to use your chord hand and your strumming hand to really lift your songs. This is suitable for anyone who can find their way around the common chords.

One night only – this is a FREE workshop with the Ferny Grove Jam admission.

The workshop starts at 6:00 pm then stay to jam 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

VENUE: Ferny Grove Bowls Sport & Community Club,
20 Tramway Street, Ferny Grove QLD 4055.

COST: BUMS members FREE and visitors $5. This includes the Workshop “Uke Tricks to make you sound like a Pro” (and the Beginners Class).

TIMES:  Workshop 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm 


ABOUT DEREK FARRELL 

Derek has been teaching the Beginners Finger-style Group before the Ferny Grove Jam since 2014.

His classes have advanced members who are comfortable with ukulele chords and strumming, to the next level of playing adding basic finger style techniques. Derek has a structured lesson plan, and provides files on line to aid participants practice at home. He has generously shared lots of great resources and lessons from his finger-styling group at www.totallyinsane.com.au/uke/

Derek has also taught-  Build The Blues Workshop, Left Hand Techniques, and Intermediate strumming Techniques for Brisbane Ukulele, as well as workshops at festivals around Queensland including SPRUKE Brisbane’s Ukulele Festival.

 

Ferny Grove and Northside Jams unite for Christmas! Join Linda Gough, Paul Morris and Tony Richardson for a fun night as they lead a festive strum with special guest performers The CHUMS, The NUMBBUMS, and The Daytrippers.

Catch up with all your northside friends for a drink and nibbles from 6:30pm.

Our wonderful sponsors Morris Brothers Music Store at Stafford have donated the raffle prize and lucky door prize.

Check out the Morris Brothers pop-up shop with lots of giftideas for the musically minded….maybe pick up a Christmas pressie for yourself!

VENUE: Ferny Grove Bowls Sport & Community Club, 20 Tramway Street, Ferny Grove, QLD 4055 (07) 3851 1889
TIME: Nibbles from 6:30pm. Jam starts 7:00– 9:00 pm
COST: BUMS members FREE and visitors $5

Please note there is no Ferny Grove Jam on Wednesday 20 December and no Northside Jam on Tuesday 26 December. This event replaces both for December 2017.

Ferny Grove is perfect for new players. This jam is led by experienced musicians Paul Morris of Morris Brothers Music and Linda Gough of Ivory Frets Music.
Paul and Linda choose popular songs, played at a nice easy (slower) pace. The songs are curated to be fun to sing, with 2 to 4 chords per song, and using the most common chords – Am, A7, C, C7, D, Dm, D7, E7, Em, 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

TIMES:  7:00 pm Beginners Jam

Food & drinks are available at the club. Come early, for a bite to eat and to tune up. Visit the Morris Brothers pop-up shop for the latest range of ukuleles and uke accessories.