Binary Music are hosting the big UKE JAM DAY on Saturday 16 June again this year.

Grab your uke and a friend and head to cleveland for a fun filled day of strumming and singing with fellow ukeaholics. Warm up with an all-in ukulele strum and sing jam with some guest ukulele clubs and special guest Vic Kena.

Enjoy a long lunch at La Bella Italian Cafe featuring live entertainment. There’s a selection of delicious Italian meals to chose from

Top off your day with a couple of workshops. Learn some pro tips at the afternoon workshops presented by Vic Kena and Len Henderson.

All the fun kicks off at Binary Music Studio- 11/48 Bloomfield St, Cleveland, Queensland 4163 from 9:00am; Lunch & Concert 12:00pm and Workshops 2:30pm & 3:45pm.

Download the flyer with all details- Uke Jam Day 2018 Flyer

VIP all day pass tickets $45 or individual sessions from $10 available from Eventbrite.

Get your tickets for Life After the 3rd Fret Workshop.

Discover chord structures and inversions beyond the usual third fret.

In this this interactive and absorbing workshop you’ll learn to identify notes on the standard tuned Ukulele and some common major and minor scales. Mick will teach you chord construction in a simplified form making it easier for you to learn to develop chords.

Designed for Beginner and Intermediate Ukulele players, you’ll gain a simple knowledge in chord structures up and down the ukulele neck, chord inversions and how to create many of the chords that alienate a lot of players like augmented, diminished, power, major, minors and their variations.


  • An open mind, patience so slower players can learn and an interest in learning what more can be done on a Ukulele.
  • A standard tuned Ukulele! THIS IS NOT FOR BARITONE UKULELES.
  • There’ll be a bin at the front door, please drop your egos there and pick them up on your way out!

You’ll get a link to the slides used to download at home and information sheets to assist during the workshop. Tea & Coffee is supplied for the break.


30 June 2018


 Zillmere Hall-  52 Murphy Road, Zillmere.

Tickets online at Trybooking (Booking fees apply)

See HOW TO BUY YOUR TICKETS below. BUMS members receive a massive 70% discount on the Workshop Ticket-BUMS member with their promo-code so your ticket is $7.80 ($7.50 + $0.30 booking fee).

Financial BUMS members check your email 2 June SUBJECT:  70% Discount Promo Code for BUMS Inc Workshop-Life After The 3rd Fret. Need help contact Jo via

Mick Angeles has a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment and has gained his musical knowledge over many, many years of being a professional musician. Although he has no formal training in musical theory, he has gained knowledge by studying and teaching himself music theory after taking up the Ukulele and all the pieces have fallen into place. This excites him and he loves to share this knowledge with others. Mick is a self taught musician starting with Guitar, then Piano and systematically then through Bass, Drums, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Harmonica and Didgeeridoo. Currently he is teaching himself to play Flute, Pedal Steel Guitar and Violin.

There is limited parking at the hall, however plenty of parking across the road and in the adjacent Merrett Avenue.
Check Translink for details about buses which travel along Murphy Road. Zillmere Hall is a short 6 min (500m) walk from Zillmere Train Station.


We want all BUMS members to get a Life after the Third Fret so we have sent you an email with the promotional code for a massive 70% discount on your ticket.
It’s easy to buy your tickets online. Go to Trybooking

  1. Click the yellow BOOK NOW button (Top Right)
  2. Select your BUMS Inc Member tickets (2 tickets maximum at the discounted price)
  3. Under GIFT / PROMOTIONAL CODE enter promocode
  4. Click yellow Apply and wait for page to refresh.
  5. Complete your purchase details.
  6. Click yellow PURCHASE (scroll to bottom right) to complete your order.

Want to join BUMS and get this discount? Join now and get June FREE! Find out how. 

Back by popular demand … and only a few places left …

Julie, John and Keryn are offering another chance to come to Absolute Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp … absolutely FREE.

Our next Absolute Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp will run on two consecutive Wednesday evenings in June 2018.

Attendance is specifically for absolute beginners. Group size is limited to 16 participants. Players who already know C, F & G7, please don’t apply.

In true Bootcamp style, we do the hard yards. There’s lots of boring basics, and dreadful drill and practice to build your strength and confidence. In each two-hour session we present a lot of material, so you’ll need to commit to practising 10-15 minutes a day to achieve mastery.

Sessions run from 7-9 pm on Wednesday 6 and 13 June 2018.

Registration: Please register at Registering via Trybooking enrols you in both sessions. Please only apply if you are available for both sessions. Registrations have been extended until 11:00 pm on Monday 4 June 2018.

We  are changing up the northside event in May with a special- one night only- Jam and Free Workshop.

This is our last jam for BUMS birthday month of May so we are partying hard!

Grab your uke and bring some friends for a ukin’ lively time. All chords & lyrics projected on screen, so no need for books or printing!


BEGINNERS CLASS FROM 6:30PM. If you have just bought a uke or new to playing, learn some important chords to get you jam ready!

JAM from 7:00PM with Peter Grace, and Andrew Hunt.


The man in black, Johnny Cash, had a significant impact on the country music scene, but he in turn was influenced by others. So this is not yet another trotting out of Folsom Prison Blues, I Walk the Line and Ring of Fire! Oh, no – it’s is an unheralded side of Johnny Cash, an excursion into a different yet familiar world.

Direct from a glittering premiere at the 2018 Mountview Winery Autumn Ukulele Festival, Peter Ransom will present this unique program of great music and fascinating but useless trivia at BUMS Northside on May 22, 2018. Everyone is invited to be part of it, playing and singing and perhaps performing with the previously-unheard of Johnny Cash Chorale (in true Northside/Tony Richardson fashion, the Chorale will be formed on the night).

If you’re not totally at ease with this focus on J. Cash, be assured it doesn’t go on all evening and it’s not a grinding look at the rough stuff in his life. It runs for about 45 minutes and it’s fun.

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. Includes Beginners Class and ‘Johnny Cash As You Never Knew Him’.

In tribute to Johnny Cash wear your best ‘Man in Black’ gear …… there will be a prize!

Lucky Door Prizes – it’s BUMS birthday but the goodies are for you.

Bring some change for our special “Man in Black” Raffle.

* A Johnny Cash for Ukulele Songbook,
* Black strap
* Black tuner

TICKETS $2 OR 3 for $5.

Thanks to our sponsors Binary Music for helping us get this pack together


No food available for sale at Northern Suburbs Bowls Club but you are welcome to bring food, so bring a takeaway or maybe a little something to share with your table. The Bar is open for all your liquid refreshments!

Read more about the history of the Northside Jam. You can find all the BUMS Inc ukulele jams around Brisbane, festivals and other BUMS events here on our News & Events.

Check out BUMS Inc performances on YouTube/BrisbaneUkulele and join us on Facebook @BrisbaneUkulele for all the latest news and pics.

UK Ukulele Master Peter Moss Tours East Coast this May

Peter is one of the world’s great masters of ukulele and banjolele styles. Many BUMS will know him from his appearance at the Sunshine Coast festivals in previous years.

Peter became a renowned English champ on the ukulele at the age of 12. A brilliant, charming performer who’s currently traveling the world playing and teaching the instrument. George Formby riffs flash from his fingers as he takes you on a musical journey that will have you shaking your head in amazement.

This will be Peter’s 5th Australian/ New Zealand tour in 3 years and he receives incredible acclaim at every apearance. We are excited to be hosting Peter Moss for his Brisbane leg of his tour.
Peter will be conducting a workshop before the concert. Participants describe Peters workshops as informative and interesting but also lots of fun.

Workshop & Concert $35
Concert only $20

Eventbrite - Ukulele Master Peter Moss Workshop and Concert

Tickets online at Eventbrite (Booking fees apply)

See HOW TO BUY YOUR TICKETS below. BUMS members receive a massive $25 discount on the Workshop & Concert Ticket-BUMS member with their promo-code. Financial BUMS members check your email 19 April SUBJECT:  Promo Code for Peter Moss Concert & Workshop

COORPAROO BOWLS CLUB- 32 Riddings Street Coorparoo. QLD 4151.


Workshop 9:30- 11:30am and Concert 12:30-2:30pm. Food and drink available from the club during the break.


A ROCK & ROLL WORK FUN SHOP – Learn four classic rock and roll tunes in four different keys.

Peter has written this fun shop in two levels of difficulty, so its suitable for any playing level.

Includes a nice introduction, some new chords (in addition to the ones you already know), key changes and a professional intro and ending for each song. Fun, Fun, Fun, for all!




We want all BUMS members to be able to learn from and experience the brilliance of Peter Moss in concert so we have sent you an email with the promotional code for a massive discount on your ticket. Receive $25 discount so your ticket is $11.49 ($10 + $1.49 booking fee)
It’s easy to buy your tickets online. Go to Eventbrite

  1. Click the green TICKETS button
  2. Click Enter Promotional Code on top right
  3. Scroll down and chooseWorkshop & Concert Ticket-BUMS member-  2 tickets maximum at the discounted price.
  4. Choose any other tickets you require.
  5. Proceed to checkout




Ferny Grove Jam celebrates 4 years tonight. Paul Morris and Linda Gough our dedicated leaders have promised they will play all the favourite jam songs since they started in 2014. So many to choose from- I’m glad I’m not picking them! Our generous sponsor, Morris Brothers Music store, will have their pop up shop with some amazing deals to celebrate. There’s more cake and surprises on the night. You’ll have to come to find out what they are!

As a part of the celebrations Derek Farell will present a workshop- Uke Tricks to make you sound like a Pro . Using 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, we’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 Jam admission. This workshop starts at 6:00 pm before the

Donna & Dianne will take the Beginners Class at 6:30PM. They will show you 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.
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 / Beginners 6:30 pm / then Jam 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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!

Food & drinks are available at the club. Come early, for a bite to eat.

Fingerstyle Group will resume in June. Dereks’ has an excellent resource website to support your fingerstyle lessons.

Most of our songs come from the Internet. Visit our Ukulele Music (in the Ukulele Info menu) for links to Richard G’s song sheets, 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 our performances on YouTube/BrisbaneUkulele

This is a fun based day of playing and improvising on a variety of instruments, but of course it is ukulele based!

Susie Davies-Splitter & Phil Splitter of IJAM music presents An exciting, brand new, all day PLAYshop- Welcome to Music!


330 Cliveden Ave, Corinda.

20 minutes from the CBD. Street parking.

A focus on the inclusive Orff Shulwerk approach featuring ‘Black Belt Ukulele 1 & 2 (NEW)’ and some must have favourites from other albums. Learn how to play, sing, move and teach new tunes on the ukulele for early childhood and primary school.

This PLAYshop will focus on speech, body percussion, games, singing, movement, recorders (BYO) and percussion. For the ukulele (BYO), attention will be given to finger picking, simple one, two and three finger chords and opportunities for improvisation.

This is perfect for beginners and advanced players. Activities will be in various styles including jazz, blues etc. Get ready to ‘Take Orff’ with Susie and Phil!

This PLAYshop is ideal for new ukulele players who wish to get a handle on mastering their instrument as well as for educators in BUMS to gain a valuable insight on how to alternatively teach ukulele.


Registration at 8:30. PLAY shop 9:00 – 3:00 pm
Lunch and morning tea is included.

BUMS members can receive a $10 discount on their ticket. All you need to do is inform IJAM when making your booking.

Reserve your place now, as numbers are limited! Final registration and monies due 27th of April. Contact IJAM for remaining spaces after that date.  IJAM Music Ph. 1300 663279 Fax: 1300 663219

Download the flyer with more registration details HERE.

Workshop IJam Brisbane 18Susie Davies-Splitter is an accomplished music and movement educator and composer, whilst Phil Splitter is an experienced musician, presenter and composer and together they have developed the popular ‘Welcome to Music’ Series and presented and performed throughout Australia and around the world.

IJAM Music Education:


Everything you want to know to start playing the Baritone Ukulele

Any ukulele player knows the versatile uke is adaptable to many different types of music, and provides a unique characteristic to each musical arrangement. Each size of ukulele from the smallest soprano, concert, tenor and baritone brings a different tone. If you are a part of a group, the deeper richer sounds of the baritone can provide a unique foil for any song arrangement.

Why play a baritone?

The baritone can provide a good transition from 6 string to 4 string playing for people who are having a hard time adjusting to the GCEA tuned ukulele. The longer fretboard of the baritone could be easier to transition to than the smaller sized ukuleles for some. Transitioning from a guitar to baritone ukulele is very easy because all of the shapings for the chords are the same (the only exception being that the bottom two strings are not there). The string tension is less, and the fret spacing is closer together and there is only 4 strings to bar. It is also so much more portable than a guitar. If you are looking for a guitar alternative, try a baritone ukulele.

We are seeing more Baritone Ukuleles at the jams and in our performing groups. BUMS members have been asking for a workshop so here it is!

Intro to Baritone Ukulele

24 MARCH 2018

Coorparoo Bowls Club

1 PM

This workshop is for you if;

  • you have a baritone ukulele and want to know the differences it has to the standard ukuleles.
  • you are thinking about getting a baritone and want to find out about it and have all your questions answered before you spend your money.
  • you are a part of a group and want to discover how the deeper richer sounds of the baritone can complement any song arrangement.
  • you are looking for a guitar alternative.

This workshop is suitable for any player, beginner to advanced.

The workshop presenter is Garry Collins who 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.

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.
  • different techniques to play along with others and enhance the overall group sound.

To finish the workshop Garry will lead a short jam to consolidate what you’ve learned and get you familiarised with the baritone chording.


  • a Baritone Ukulele
  • a tuner

There will be a spare Baritone Ukulele (one only) for those who don’t have one but would like to try it out.
A copy of notes from the workshop and a chord chart will be given to all participants.

Purchase tickets online at Trybooking


BUMS financial members tickets $5 with promo code (via email  Monday 19 February 2018)

Please Note: Trybooking has an addition booking fee $0.30 TIPS for using Trybooking here

DATE: 24 March 2018

VENUE: Coorparoo Bowls Club, 32 Riddings Street, Coorparoo

TIME: 1:00 pm – 3/4:00 pm. Flexible finish time if the jam is hopping we aren’t stopping!

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.