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Samoan Meeting House

Why did BUMS decide to hold the first COVID-safe jam in Deception Bay? Why not Coorparoo or Wavell Heights? There’s a a bit more to consider when planning a safe jam for all now.

Venue Discovery

Back in pre-COVID days, BUMS member Peter Grace and his wife Jenny were on a bike ride around Deception Bay (on the Redcliffe Peninsula north of Brisbane). They chanced to see an unusual building in the park behind the local Community Centre. A notice said it was the Maoto Fono Building or the Samoan Meeting House — and was available for hire.

You could imagine a structure like this on a Pacific Island built from natural rather than modern materials. It has lighting and power, a toilet and ample car parking. Pete’s comment was ‘this would be a good place for a jam’.

Ventilation and lots of space to spread out!

Impact of COVID

Fast forward a few months and the BUMS management committee is sifting through the Government’s guidelines for holding events like jams in a COVID safe way. How can we practice social distancing at a jam? How could we manage the number of people that might come to a jam? The committee produced a set of guidelines for holding any group event such as a jam, a workshop on a practice of a community band.

Although Deception Bay is a fair way away from where BUMS has traditionally held jams, many BUMS members live north of Brisbane and many ukulele players live on the Redcliffe Peninsula. The Samoan Meeting House sounded like a good place to hold a trial jam under COVID restrictions. An ‘outdoor’ venue with good ventilation would minimise COVID infection risks.

First COVID safe jam

Peter Grace developed a plan for holding a jam at Deception Bay following BUMS COVID guidelines. We expect this will form a template for other jam leaders to set up jams at other venues like Coorparoo, Wavell Heights and Ferny Hills. To allow as many members as possible to attend, the afternoon of Saturday 26 September was the chosen date for the jam.

Jo Kunde (Media Manager) promoted the jam to BUMS financial members on Monday 7 September and then to Associate members – and by Thursday we had reached capacity. There will be ten people leading and managing the event and 40 jam goers in the audience.

Organising a COVID safe jam

The jam will be different to the ones of the past. There will be a cordoned off COVID safe zone where chairs will be placed 1.5m apart. You will have to stay in your seat during the jam and not move the chairs. There will be a limit to the number who can attend – and it will be necessary to pre-book. We used Trybooking for this jam. If you come without a ticket you may not be able to join the jam.

BUMS Inc has a responsibility to run the jam in a COVID safe manner. If the organisers have any concerns that jam goers are not following the guidelines or we cannot manage the crowd, we reserve the right to stop the event. This might sound harsh, but we don’t want anyone to catch the virus and we don’t want to cop fines for running an unsafe event.

Future jams

The Deception Bay jam is a trial. If it is a success – both musically and safely – then we plan to run the event again. It will also form as a template for other jams in other venues. We hope to have the Northside (Wavell Heights) and Ferny Grove jams up and running soon. We miss live jams so much and can’t wait to be back together (even if 1.5m apart).

It’s been six months of longing to get back to together. At last after so many considerations and lots of planning BUMS Inc held its first face to face live jam post lockdown.

This first jam was held at Deception Bay in a truly unique open air venue the Maota Fono Samoan Meeting House. Set in a park with a tropical garden around it the ‘house’ provided great acoustics, shelter and air circulation. Although it would have to have been one of the windiest days this year, which provided a few challenges, the sun was shining and we were all there to have a good time.

The support crew and performers arrived early to clean and set up the venue in line with the BUMS COVID Safe Guidelines. There was plenty of joking as they got to work sanitizing all the chairs, tables and toilets, and setting up the gear. Our COVID marshals double checked all the chairs were set at the correct distance and the bunting which delineated the space also provided a festive air. The meet and greet and exit was were set up with sanitisers, wipes, check in lists, and surveys and soon all was ready to welcome our jammers.

COVID Marshal Jennie keeping her distance from John.

Forty BUMS members snapped up the tickets when they became available on Trybooking in just four days. There were smiles all round as they started to file in while the band completed their sound checks. For nine of our players it was a new experience, as new associate members they had never attended a live face to face BUMS jam before. It was wonderful to see folks so happy to be out and playing again.

By the time one o’clock came around The Ukulele Saints with Leanne Williams were ready to go, and Peter got the jam started. We enjoyed three sets with great to sing-a-long songs, with something for everyone from classic rock & roll, folk to this century pop songs.

Peter Ransom stepped up to the open mic to perform a ditty from 1906 “Shine On Harvest Moon” with we all joined in the parts we knew. The Saints were also joined by Karen Neundorf for “Riptide” and John Henderson for “Budapest”.

New member Cecilia with Peter and Karen who performed on the day.

It was lovely to see everyone catching up and chatting to new members in the breaks between sets. The two hours went very quickly and final rousing version of the BUMS favourite “Stray Cat Strut” with cat calls and meowing closed the jam.

As always we had plenty of helpers who volunteered to sanitize and pack up the chairs. There were surveys to complete which have provided the BUMS committee with some valuable feedback. Yes it was very windy, which was challenging for the microphones and performers, and the screen was hard to see for some, but the good news is 90% of our respondents said they’d come again to Deception Bay Jam.

“Happy to be back”

“Great effort – thanks for putting it on”

The happy smiling faces said it all; playing ukes and singing together makes you feel good. It was a red letter day which gives us all hope that more of our regular jams can start again soon.

Many thanks go to Peter Grace who did his due diligence and more to get this first jam going in a venue which fulfilled all the requirements to make a COVID safe event. You can read more about that in this post Planning A Safe Jam. Also many thanks to the support team who made it happen on the day.

Ukulele Saints, Peter Grace, Chris Slater, John Low and Frank Buckley joined by Leanne Williams with John Henderson on projector duties.

Missed out on this jam?

BUMS Inc financial members, then associate members are offered first chance for tickets. If any are available after that they will be then offered to our mailing list. You can find out how to become a BUMS member here or join free with associate membership until the end of 2020 here .

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Big farewell wave from our jam players.

Due to the current health crisis, TUTUs will be cancelled until further notice.

Max, our intrepid jam leader, falls into the high risk category for Covid 19 and has taken this decision to keep himself and the rest of the Tutus safe and healthy.

Stay tuned for updates on the rest of our jams.

Our best kept secret every third Tuesday of each month!
Come and jam with TUTUS, the Toowong Third Tuesday Ukulele Strummers, a small group of players who share the joy of strumming and a sing a long. They have no performance goal but from time to time may participate in community events. It’s a casual intimate jam on the verandah …. no ballet but plenty of strumming and friendly banter! Read a Review

For more info contact Max Borchardt phone 0402 071 483/ email , or Judy Haines email

No charge. All levels of players are welcome.
Refreshments are available from the bar, but no kitchen service operates at present.

VENUE: West Toowong Bowls Club – 17 Bywong Street, Toowong
TIME: Arrive 5:30 pm for a 6:00 pm start. Strumming through until 8:00 pm. All welcome!

Jam on the verandah, West Toowong Bowls Club, Dec 2018


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!

Due to the current health crisis, BUMS Ferny Grove is cancelled for March, and April.

Stay tuned for updates and lots of fun that is being planned when we return to jamming.

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

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

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


For all very new players, Dianne Davis and Donna Farrell  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 how to play some basic chords. This introduction will give absolutely new players a grasp of the basics that helps them to participate in 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!

Due to the current health crisis, BUMS Northside Jam is cancelled for March.

Stay tuned for updates and lots of fun that is being planned when we return to jamming.


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.

The Ukey Beats - A hit at open mics, jams and at SPRUKE 2019. Available for parties, bar mitzvahs and anything in between!


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!

The Sunday Session with a twist! The jam at Albany Creek is back NEW VENUE and NEW TIME! Join Blair and Andrew at Fritzenberger Albany Creek for a Ukulele Jam washed down with some fine craft beer, cider and fritzen-fabulous food.

Just bring your uke, and get ready to settle in for a good arvo. As always songs projected on to a screen … no need to bring music or a stand.

Opens at 11:00 am. Book for lunch on https://fritzenberger.com/food or via their app. Ph: (07) 3325 9194. Fritzenburger

SAVE THE DATE 

NEW VENUE: Fritzenberger Albany Creek
NEW ADDRESS: Cnr Ferguson & Albany Creek Road Albany Creek
NEW TIME: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
COST: Jam is FREE! Please book a table if you are eating or to put your beer on!

NOTE: Andre & Oskar’s has closed. We thank them for the great times we had jamming there and wish them all the best for the future. Our new venue Fritzenberger is about 50 m away opposite Nando and Coles on Albany Creek Road. https://goo.gl/maps/6ovvFPDsudUizC9s9


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!

Join the BUMS for our biggest jam of the month. Our MC for February is Max Borchardt. Joining Max is a lineup of talented BUMS  to lead the 3 sets Coady Brûlé, Peter Ransom and Adrian Board. Please arrive early to tune up.

Beginners and new players come for the introductory class with Steve Sandilands at 6:30 pm before the Big Jam starts. You’ll learn some jam survival tips and useful chords. Jam songs range from simple chords (for beginners and limbering up!) to more challenging chords and strumming for the more experienced.

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.

Other BUMS Inc jams and events are listed on our News & Events page.


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.

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 Westside Jam every second Wednesday of the month at Rosemount Community Centre in Sinnamon Park.

Join Peter and Sue Sercombe and the rest of the friendly group at the Daytime Jam’s new home, Rosemount Community Centre.  Get your mid-week uke fix, playing anything from classics to current hit songs. Read more about this popular jam here.

The cafe will be open with coffee, morning tea and lunch available.

The jam is free for members, and costs $5 for visitors.

DATE: Wednesday 12 February 2020
VENUE: Rosemount Community Centre, 620 Seventeen Mile Rocks Road, Sinnamon Park
TIME: 11:00 am until 1:00 pm.

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


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. Check out all the jams around Brisbane on our Jam Venues page  .

For more ukulele fun, visit us on Facebook www.facebook.com/BrisbaneUkulele, or check out our performances on YouTube/BrisbaneUkulele!

Join the West End locals in a small intimate jam…on Friday 13th.

Ready for a good night at WE BUMS jam!

Join Cath and friends as they keep the spooks at bay with great songs and lots of laughs. Chill out and get your weekend off to a great start with a lively strum. Well known BUM Cath McCourt takes the lead, joined by a few special guests.  WE BUMS now has a great room to jam in. Yummy food and drinks if you want to come early and have a bite! More info hopestreetcafe.com.au; facebook.com/hopeonboundary

VENUE: Hope on Boundary Café , 170 Boundary St, West End (ph:0409905258)
TIME: Jam starts at 6:30 pm
COST: Gold coin donation.

Anyone is welcome to lead a song. Dust off your repertoire, and polish up your performance. If you have suggestions or would like to lead a song or two, bring the formatted songsheets on a USB stick.


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!

A Sunday session with a difference!

Bring your uke and enjoy a brew and a very casual jam/gig for intermediate players (beginners welcome). Scratchy BUMS is on every THIRD Sunday of the month.

All projected on a screen so no need to bring music, just your ukulele and get ready for a rollicking good time.

Got an itch to play? Come and scratch it ;)

VENUE: The Scratch Bar, 8/1 Park Road, Milton
TIME: 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
COST: FREE

A select menu of goodies to eat and great boutique beers & ciders

Other BUMS Inc jams and events are listed on our News & Events page. https://www.brisbaneukulele.com/news-events/

Check out our performances on YouTube/BrisbaneUkulele