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To welcome the new year, and new Brisbane ukulele players, some of our BUMS Inc members are offering beginner workshops and lessons in February 2020.
Please note that these are not official BUMS Inc events, so please contact the event organisers directly.

FREE CLASSES FOR BEGINNERS

Julie Sharpe, John & Keryn Henderson

Mini Absolute Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp – Absolutely FREE!
Players who already know C, F & G7, please don’t apply. We start with the very basics. Read more here.
DATE: Wednesday 19 February
TIME: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Arrive at 6:45 pm for a 7:00 pm sharp start.
VENUE: Bulimba Brisbane City Council Library, Meeting Room 1, Cnr Riding Road & Oxford Street, Bulimba Q 4171.
COST: FREE, but you must register via Trybooking. If you miss out on a place, please add your name to the waiting list. We sometimes get last minute cancellations, or extend the class to accommodate a few extra registrations.
Email Keryn at bneukebootcamp@gmail.com. Follow Brisbane Ukulele Bootcamp on Facebook to find out about future Bootcamps.

Linda Gough & Paul Morris

FREE Beginners Night – Just bring a uke.
This night is sponsored by Morris Brothers Music Store at Stafford and will be taught by Linda Gough who is one of the leaders of our Ferny Grove Jam.
DATE: Wednesday 5 February
TIME: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
VENUE: Ferny Grove Bowls Sport & Community Club, 20 Tramway Street,  Ferny Grove. (07) 3851 1889
COST: FREE
Contact Linda on 0431 391 888 or Paul at Morris Brothers on 3356 3299.

MORE OPTIONS TO LEARN

Linda Gough

Linda also offers a range of options for new and continuing ukulele players.
2020 Beginners Course – Please ring Linda to book.
DATE: Starts Tuesday 11th February
TIME: 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
VENUE: Ferny Grove Bowls Sport & Community Club, 20 Tramway Street,  Ferny Grove.
Phone Linda on 0431 391 888.
Find out more about what Linda has to offer for continuing players: https://www.brisbaneukulele.com/portfolio-item/linda-gough/
Follow Ivory Frets Music on Facebook to find out about Linda’s  classes.
Uke ’n’ Sing
DATE: Tuesday 4 February
TIME: Morning 10:00 am – 12:00 noon (Easy Sing and Play class with a little tuition along the way)
VENUE: Ferny Grove Bowls Sport & Community Club, 20 Tramway Street,  Ferny Grove.
Nightriders
DATE: Tuesday 4 February
TIME:Night 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (Performance Group for all levels)
VENUE: Ferny Grove Bowls Sport & Community Club, 20 Tramway Street,  Ferny Grove.
Daytrippers
DATE: Wednesday 5 February
TIME:Morning 10:00 am – 12:00 noon (Performance Group for all levels)
VENUE: Ferny Grove Bowls Sport & Community Club, 20 Tramway Street,  Ferny Grove.

Erin Harrington

Ukulele Rockers Group Class (RSVP essential)
Learn to play uke in group as an ensemble with fun rocking music!
Including movie themes, classics, rock from the ages and more!
DATE: Monday 3 February
TIME: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
VENUE: Grange
Book via https://www.elmukulele.com/hire-us
Contact Erin via 0423 378 392 or misselmmusic@gmail.com
Find out more about learning opportunities that Erin has to offer: https://www.brisbaneukulele.com/portfolio-item/erin-harrington/

Dukes of Uke

The Dukes of Uke Club rehearse on the second and fourth Saturday of each month (the first 2020 meeting is on 25th Jan). They also have group classes for both beginners and players who are looking to advance their skills.
VENUE: Binary Music Studio, Shop 11 Cleveland Plaza, 48 Bloomfield Street, Cleveland
COST: $12 per session (1 Hour)
TIME : 9:00 am Beginners. 10:00 am Advancing
All song charts displayed on projector and available by subscription to www.dukesofuke.com. Contact Len Henderson via len@binarymusic.com.au or (07) 3488 2230

Please check out the Ukulele Teachers page under the Learning Uke tab, if you are looking for a teacher to help you achieve your playing goals. There is a list of BUMS members who are ukulele teachers.

Please also look at the News & Events page where the latest details of all workshops and BUMS jams are updated monthly. There is a list of other groups and jams in the Brisbane area on the Jams About Town page. Please check with individual jams and groups contacts before going along to check the details of the session.

Happy Ukeing!

East by West are the featured act at Redlands Modern Country Music Club

Folk Redlands are hosting East of West as their feature act at the Redlands Modern Country Music Club in February 2020.

East of West play original music with a focus on improvisation, inspired by the music of the Mediterranean and Balkans. After the performance there will be a ukulele workshop for intermediate to advanced players.

Afternoon kicks off with blackboard performers, followed by East of West performance, and Ukulele Workshop for Advanced Players.
Walk-in Blackboard performers are welcome on a “first-in” basis. 20-minutes slots including change-over. PA provided.
1:00 pm – Blackboard
2:00 pm – East of West performance
3:00 pm – Ukulele Workshop

DATE: 16 February 2020
TIME: 1:00-4:00 pm
VENUE: Redlands Modern Country Music Club, 226 Cleveland Redland Bay Rd, Thornlands (Pinklands Reserve)
COST: Entry fee to cover venue costs: $ 3 members, $5 non-members.
Folk Redlands Membership is just $5 per annum. Join at the door and pay only $3 entry.

This is not a BUMS official event so please direct any inquiries to folkredlands@yahoo.com

East of West is a fresh project from players firmly grounded in professional music performance, offering a captivating new take on the fusion between world music and jazz. We play original music with a focus on improvisation, inspired by the music of the Mediterranean and Balkans. The project was formed in order to explore new compositions that showcase the players’ extensive experience playing at both national and international levels.

The trio consists of Bosnian-born Goran Gajić (double bass), Philip Griffin (oud) and Malindi Morris (hand percussion). All three are active in professional music scenes, including world, jazz, folk, & baroque. Goran Gajić plays with and composes for the Queensland Music Award winning band Mzaza. Philip Griffin works or has worked with internationally renowned musicians such as Linsey Pollak, Tunji Beier, Frankie Armstrong and Ross Daly. Malindi Morris has worked with internationally known guitarists ‘Duo Aritmija’ in Slovenia, composing for and directing the project ‘Lastovka’ and was one of the founding band leaders of the Balkan brass band ‘The Transbalkan Express’.

Website Links:
Folk Redlands
Redlands Modern Country Music Club
East of West

This workshop is for people who have just got a ukulele and do not know where to begin.

You just got a uke, and are ready to have some fun but feel a bit overwhelmed?
This workshop is for people who have just got a ukulele and don’t know where to begin. Donna Farrell will teach you the absolute basics.
• How to hold, tune and strum
• How to read chord diagrams
• How to make the chord shapes for the most used chords
By the end of this workshop you will have played several 1,2,3- and maybe even 4-chord songs. Handouts will be provided which will allow you to take your new uke away and start practising.

Wednesday 8 January 2020

10:00 am – Midday

Zillmere Community Hall, 52 Murphy Road, Zillmere, Brisbane, QLD 4034

 

This workshop will give you the basic skills and confidence to join in the uke jams in your area or just play at home.

WHAT TO BRING: Your ukulele, a pen and notebook. A folder for the handouts. A snack & drink for the break.

LEVEL: Absolute beginners who have never played before.

This is a FREE event by Brisbane Ukulele, places are limited and you must book.

BOOK NOW on Trybooking www.trybooking.com/BHJCW.

Please check this page for tips on using Trybooking

Donna Farrell conducts workshops for beginners at Ferny Grove Jams, Kumbartcho Nursery, and leads the popular senior band CHUMS. Donna  presented this workshop at Sunshine Coast Ukulele Festival in 2019. Donna will be assisted by other BUMS members.

Stukulele brings the Uke Mullum experience to BUMS with this all abilities Sweet Caroline Ukulele Workshop, followed by a jam on Saturday 4 January 2020.

Stukulele brings the popular Uke Mullum experience up to Brisbane with this all abilities and ukulele workshop, followed by a jam.

This simple arrangement of Sweet Caroline has parts for every level of player, every type of ukulele, and even standard and low G tunings! Stu has prepared a series of videos to help you practice your parts and work out the best fingers to use to play the melodies.

DATE: Saturday 4 January
VENUE: Coorparoo Bowls Club, 32 Riddings Street Coorparoo
TIME: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
TICKETS: $30  Tickets from Trybooking www.trybooking.com/BHMJP

Financial BUMS members Tickets $10 with promotion code

Emailed 19/12/2019 & 2/01/2020 SUBJECT: Members Promo Code for January 2020 Ukulele Workshop.
All bookings have a $0.50 ticket fee. Please check this page for tips on booking https://www.brisbaneukulele.com/news-events/trybooking-advice/

YOU NEED TO BRING: Ukulele

Stukulele’s Ukulele Group Workshop is designed to help you see the Ukulele in a new light. Stu will help improve your melody playing and note reading, and to develop a strong sense of timing and rhythm when playing in a group.
This simple arrangement of Sweet Caroline has parts for every level of player, every type of ukulele, and even high G and low G tunings!
Enhance your
• Rhythm
• Melody playing
• Harmony Theory
• TAB Reading …..and more

GET A JUMP ON THE WORKSHOP WITH THIS PREPARATION
Stu has prepared a comprehensive series of videos to help you practice your parts and work out the best fingers to use to play the melodies. You’ll fine parts for Standard C AND Low G Tuning. He’s even included downloadable PDFs of the charts for you.

Choose your part (go on challenge yourself!) and get some practice in before the workshop and jam. Absolute complete beginners can sing and strum the chords.

Here’s the link on the Uke Mellum website to get the worksheets. Get a jump on your part!  https://www.ukemullum.com/sweet-caroline-workshop/


Stukulele visits BUMS Inc on 4 Jan 2020 with a Workshop & Jam MISSING THE JANUARY BIG UKE JAM?

After the workshop Stukulele, accompanied by our own Cath McCourt on bass, will lead a Jam and give BUMS a taste of what happens at the popular Uke Nights.

 


ABOUT STUKULELE

Stu Eadie (Stukulele) is a James Hill Certified Level 3 Teacher. He teaches private and group classes for ukulele in and around Mullumbimby, leads Uke Mellum and the popular Uke Night monthly at the Ballina RSL Club.

Website: http://www.ukemullum.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ukemullum

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/ukemullum

Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/ukemullum

Tom Harding, Coorparoo, Oct 2019.

Did you know that George Michael’s Faith was based on a 12th century manuscript? And that it rocks  to a Bo Didley beat?  Tom (the Pom) Harding provided these facts — and more — while he wooed his willing workshop audience at Friday night’s two-part Disco Funk Workshop at the Coorparoo Bowls Club.

Tom’s a master strummer. To achieve perfection like his, it’s extremely important that you position your uke correctly (on your pie shelf), use your arm like a crankshaft  (not a piston) and make hand movements like “a pinch of salt”.  Tom exuberantly took us through On the Road with different parts, wittily calling out the “postcodes” for chords.  He followed up with a rousing rendition of Video Killed the Radio Star, ….. Something by Beautiful Sharks, brilliantly illustrating his mastery of rhythm and melodic voice.

In the 2nd part of the workshop, Tom shared his motto, “subdivision gives funk”. He gave examples of different rhythms in Fast Car, Material Girl, and Coming Out.  Counting is King!  Simple 4/4 beat counting is transformed by placing emphasis on 3rds, 5ths, 8ths – and – grooving to a 16 beat Bo Didley rhythm (while chanting I – like – fish – and chips). The promised funkenado evolved,  swelling into a rousing finale.

Tom’s a high-octane rhythm master who can keep a group toe-tapping for two hours, with plenty of humour.  So-oo glad we went, thanks Tom!

By  The Spectator.

Join Tom the Pom for 2 workshops and a show in one big night of ukulele fun at Coorparoo Bowls club Friday 18 October 2019

Two workshops and a show on one big night of fun with Tom the Pom.

Come to Tom Harding’s Disco Funk Ukulele Workshop. It’s all about the beat! To get your groove on and feel that rhythm you gotta think like a percussionist. Identify some of the traps that uke players fall into. Counting, grouping  and mutes is what turns a four chord trick into a groove.

Keep the party happening with Tom the Pom Show. One bloke, four strings, loads of tricky chords and a surprising singalong. We’ll end the night on a high playing “One Chord Song with Cheeky Bass Line” with something for everyone from absolute beginners to folks who can juggle parts.

On tour in Queensland during October,Tom is offering this exclusive event just for BUMS in Brisbane.

DATE: Friday 18 October 2019

TIME: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

VENUE: Coorparoo Bowls Club, 32 Riddings Street, Coorparoo

TICKET PRICES: $25
BUMS Members: $10 (whopping 60% discount) + $0:50 booking fee – Look out for your members promo code email 28 September 2019 Subject: Members Promo Code for October Ukulele Workshop.

Tickets available now at Trybooking https://www.trybooking.com/BFVWT

ABOUT TOM

Tom the Pom (Tom Harding) is originally from the UK, lives in the Blue Mountains with his family. Tom loves music, but not traditional music education. Learning shouldn’t be a chore.  Tom’s been teaching for nearly 30 years, and specialises in getting people playing as quickly as possible. Tom’s regular gig is teaching music workshops to groups in schools, corporations, group homes, festivals, parties and more! Tom has also taught ukulele workshops at Springstrum, Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival and Newkulele.

Tom plays percussion, ukulele, guitar and bass, and has recorded an album of percussion under the name Samba Ninja, and a mini album of didgeridoo solos as Tom the Pom. He also leads the ukulele club at his son’s primary school.

Website: https://www.tomthepom.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tomthepomdotcom/

You’ve been waiting, the acts and workshops are all confirmed, and the tickets are now available!

SPRUKE 2019 has a great program for you. Its free to enter with a great mix of free and ticketed events. There is something for everyone, at every playing level.

Evening concerts and most workshops are ticketed. All concerts and performances through the day are free. If you’ve never even picked up a ukulele before you can come to the FREE Learn to Play Ukulele workshop on Saturday and Sunday, and you’ll be strumming along with the rest in no time. There are smaller Beginner Oasis sessions all weekend- Learn anything from a celtic song, a timeless Beatles tune to a classic folk song all in simple two and three chords. Chill out with friends and enjoy the live music over four stages or make your own music- Join in a jam or step up to the open mic.

Concerts

This year we are excited to present four concerts. The festival starts on Friday the Thirteenth with the Sprooky Cabaret presented by Cordoba. You’ll be spellbound by The Loveys, Mama Juju and the Jam Tarts, The Thin White Ukes and Ukulele Death Squad.

Saturday afternoon is the Schools Concert with six schools sharing their music culminating in a performance of special piece written for SPRUKE 2019 by Nathan Cahill “4-String Family”.  Saturday night is Spruketacular presented by Lanikai, bringing together some of today’s best home-grown and international ukulele artists our very special guest Cynthia Lin, Gypsy Rumble, wrapping up with the world’s most dangerous ukulele group, Ukulele Death Squad.

Sunday Spruke 2019 wraps up with the Morris Brothers Festival Finale where we all come together, our BUMS community bands perform, our Sprukestar finalists and Parody Video Contest winner perform and you could take home a prize in the mega raffle- anything can happen!

Workshops

Throughout the weekend players at all levels will find a workshop to inspire them. From learning a classic David Bowie tune with the Thin White Ukes,  playing ‘slide’or jazz ukulele to brushing up on your stagecraft and another 10 workshops to explore.

All workshops and concerts can be found over on the SPRUKE website Events page, with descriptions and links to buy tickets. We are at a new venue for SPRUKE 2019 and all ticketing will be via the SunPAC Box Office http://www.sunpac.net.au/whatson

Download the printable SPRUKE 2019 Day Program and Festival Map SPRUKE_2019_DAYProgram_FINAL_20.08.19

Add to this a fabulous market with everything a ukulele enthusiasts could want including some amazing instruments you won’t see anywhere else,  a meet and greet with Cynthia Lin before Spruketacular on Saturday night and bars, lounges, coffee shops and a bistro with plenty to tempt you, at SunPAC and the Sunnybank Community and Sports Club.

With just over a month to go we can’t wait to meet you all there! Uke’n make music at SPRUKE 2019

Exciting times ahead for northside BUM, Erin Harrington. Erin’s a fabulous performer and terrific ukulele teacher.

Ukulele Rockers
Commencing 15 July 2019, Erin’s establishing a new Ukulele Rockers group ensemble class.

6:30-8:30 pm Monday nights
Grange Baptist Church
197 Wilston Road, Newmarket QLD 4051

To join, you must have basic ukulele knowledge. The group will cover fingerpicking, jams, rhythm and melodies. $15 for pre-bookings, $25 casuals. Bookings essential!!

Email misselmmusic@gmail.com. Download the flyer.

But that’s not all … Erin performs as Miss Elm.  …

Miss Elm Clean Slate Single Launch

On 4 August, she’s launching her new Clean Slate single at The Milk Factory. Come along from 4:00-6:00 pm for a fabulous afternoon of entertainment. Entry is $10. Download the flyer,
or find out more on Facebook,
https://www.facebook.com/events/2271033546344211/

On 25 May 2019 at Coorparoo, a small dedicated group of baritone ukulele players gathered to learn more about their craft. If you’re at all interested in branching in baritone, look out for Garry’s next workshop. This is what Di had to say about May’s.

Garry presents the May 2019 Baritone Ukulele Workshop.

We were promised a baritone ukulele workshop that would cater to a wide variety of skills, and Garry Collins certainly delivered.

At his workshop, Garry started out with the basics and progressed to some chord theory, arpeggiated fingerpicking and 12 bar blues.

Garry demonstrated various additional skills and styles and was able to answer any questions, and scaffold the use of those ideas that captured our interest, such as Malagueñas style. The framework allowed for questions, and allowed the time and opportunity to move around workshopping with other players utilising these new skills, playing songs, and networking. The format included a fantastic mixture of structure and open-ended learning opportunities. Diane Davis

Happy customers at the May 2019 Baritone Ukulele Workshop.