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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 . 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.

 

“I’m all about that bass” workshop has been designed exclusively for BUMS who play bass.

Accomplished Brisbane musician Mark Cryle, took a poll of his fellow musos to discover what abilities make a good bass player. He has extracted and distilled this into a workshop which will enable you to get better at playing bass on your own and with others.

The workshop will focus on bass as an ensemble instrument and will be divided into 3 sections.

  1. Bass as a rhythm instrument: understanding the fundamentals of time keeping.
  2. “No one knows the chord until the bass player decides which note to play!”: understanding the concept of the “root note” ; knowing when to play it and when not to.
  3. What to play between the “root notes”: understanding the importance of scales and harmony theory in deciding which notes to play and not to play.

When it comes to improving your bass playing faster, nothing beats than actually getting out and playing with other musicians.

To get the most out of this workshop participants need have the fundamentals of playing bass, and know notes of the bass fret board and be comfortable playing. This is NOT a beginners workshop.

ABOUT YOUR PRESENTER

Mark Cryle began playing bass at age 14 in high school bands. In the intervening years he has played on international and Australian festival stages, in concert halls and theatres, recording studios, clubs, pubs, churches, markets on the backs of trucks and once in a cemetery. As well as being an experienced and accomplished bass player, Mark also plays mandolin and guitar and is a highly-acclaimed songwriter.

SATURDAY 27 JULY 2019

COORPAROO BOWLS CLUB

TIME: 9:30 am until 12 Noon .

             Door opens 9:00 am. Please check in and set up ready to start at 9:30 am

TICKETS $25: Buy your tickets directly below.

BUMS DISCOUNT CODES: BUMS financial members tickets $5 after promo code.

Check your email 21 June 2019 Subject: Members Promo Code for Bass Workshop with Mark Cryle 27 July 2019.
Trybooking https://www.trybooking.com/BDOGB
Choose Workshop BUMS Member Ticket and enter promo code at checkout. TIPS for using Trybooking here
Please Note: Trybooking has an addition booking fee $0.50. 

WHAT TO BRING

  • U Bass/ Bass guitar,
  • Amp,
  • Jug lead [power chord for amp],
  • Lead for bass,
  • pen, notebook,
  • extension cord,
  • snack and water.

Please note: The Coorparoo Bowls Club bar will not be open.

 

Learn ukulele Bluegrass style with Brisbane Ukulele 15 June 2019

BUMS Beaut Bluegrass Workshop

Back from Melbourne, longtime performing BUM, Tony Richardson, offers a you-beaut bluegrass workshop.

DATE: Saturday 15 June 2019
TIME: 10:00 am start and finish 11:30
VENUE: Zillmere Community Hall, 52 Murphy Rd, Zillmere QLD 4034
TICKETS $25 : Available from Trybooking https://www.trybooking.com/BCJMV.

BUMS financial members tickets $5 with promo code. Check your email 27 April Subject: Members Promo Code for June Ukulele Workshops.
Please Note: Trybooking has an addition booking fee $0.50 TIPS for using Trybooking here

What is the workshop about?

“What the hell is bluegrass?” you ask. Well it’s a blend of traditional Americana styles that became prevalent around the 1940’s. It’s a unique style of acoustic instruments overlaid with vocal harmonies. It’s not gospel, it’s not blues, it’s not country, it’s not jazz and it’s not Trad (traditional), but it has elements of all of these styles.
It’s bluegrass, and I invite you to join me in a workshop to explore the style and experiment a little with your ukulele. You’ll be part of a participative experience that will add to your repertoire, and expand on your ukulele skills. If you get a bit uneasy with gospel music or murder ballads then this isn’t for you, but if you can see through that, and enjoy it for what it is, you’ll gain plenty.

Who is this workshop for (skill level)?

This workshop is aimed at intermediate players. All levels are welcome to join in, but we won’t be teaching chords in this workshop. If you know your basic chords, and can match a strum pattern then you’ll get by, but be aware, there will be some of the quickest strumming you’ve attempted. You won’t know if you don’t go.

What makes me qualified to teach the workshop?

I’m one of only a handful of BUMS to play at bluegrass festivals on stage.
Oh, and in the Bumsteaders bluegrass ukulele band.

 

 

What will you learn?
1. The basics of traditional bluegrass
2. How to best play it on your Ukulele
3. How to fit in at a bluegrass jam
4. A little of the circle of fifths
5. How to form a bluegrass band that emulates the sound of a traditional bluegrass band
6. We’ll play a number of bluegrass songs
7. We’ll explore the songs a little along the way

What to bring?

A sense of humor, any ukulele you desire, as many ukuleles as you desire, a notepad if you want to take notes, a tuner, water to drink, a snack to eat during the breaks, a questioning mind because there are lots of people who don’t understand the same thing as you and they are never game to ask so no one finds out. Patience and plenty of it.
This workshop can cater for Ubass, Baritone, Tenor, Concert, Soprano and Banjo ukes so please bring them along. Hell If its stringed just bring it along, I’m not going to exclude other instruments, except bagpipes…. don’t bring bagpipes along.
That being said you need to be proficient enough to play basic songs in basic chords, and if you bring a lead instrument be prepared to play the melody.

What is supplied?

A venue with a roof and walls, chairs, a sound rig, a presenter and a small song book.

What will you take home to help you practise?

A song book of the songs played in the workshop.

Other things to see and do to help you understand the style …
1. Watch the movie Oh Brother Where For Art Thou staring George Clooney
2. Listen to the following bands on Spotify or YouTube
• The Davidson Brothers
• Bluegrass Parkway
• Honey and Knives
• The Steel Drivers
• Bill Monroe
• Earl Scruggs
• The Soggy Bottom Boys
3. Listen to the Bluegrass show on 98.9fm on Tuesday nights 6.00pm to 7.00pm
4. Listen to the radio show Three Chords and The Truth on 98.9fm Wed 6.00pm to 7.00pm
5. Purchase a “Parking Lot Picker’s Songbook” for most of the bluegrass standards.

Zillmere hall. Soak up the ambience from this classic structure with is hardwood floors, the acoustics are really something else!About the venue

It’s happening in sunny downtown Zillmere hall. Soak up the ambience from this classic structure with is hardwood floor and ornate ceiling. The acoustics are really something else. The stage setup and expansive open dance floor really make the scene. Take a trip back to the 1960’s as you grace the front of the building and bask in the glory of its decorative Palfrey stone feature wall. Nothing says bluegrass more than this building!

Dress warm, flano shirts and lumberjack coats welcome, but don’t come dressed like the homeless.

Transportation

Well, there is a train station up the road a little if that’s your thing. But if your 1952 Ford F100, or your 1957 Plymouth Belvedere, decides that today is the day they’ll actually start for you, then that would be better.

Brisbane Ukulele Workshop-Ukulele Upgrade:strumming and beyond for playing and arranging songs on Saturday 1 June 2019

Ukulele Upgrade: strumming and beyond in playing & arranging songs

Ross Clark and Helena Bond (of Daylight Moon) offer this essential Saturday morning strumming workshop for beginning & intermediate players.

DATE: Saturday 1 June 2019
TIME: 10:00 am -11:30 am
VENUE: Coorparoo Bowls Club,  32 Riddings St., Coorparoo
TICKETS $25: via Trybooking https://www.trybooking.com/BCJKW
BUMS DISCOUNT CODES: BUMS financial members tickets $5 after promo code. Check your email 27 April 2019 Subject: Members Promo Code for June Ukulele Workshops.
Please Note: Trybooking has an addition booking fee $0.50. TIPS for using Trybooking here

About the workshop …

Ross & Helena will demonstrate their approach to presenting songs for performance and recording (one original and one classic). Participants will be shown how to use a variety of picking and strumming techniques in order to make a song “theirs” – different from other versions, but true to the original. Bring a song you’d like to work on (lyrics & chords will do; several versions or keys if you like).
You’ll be supplied with a list of techniques/strategies to choose from, & our charts for the songs we present. Opportunities to record and video will be flagged, so you’ll be free to concentrate on the workshop itself.

About the presenters …

Ukulele Upgrade presented by Ross Clark and Helena Bond of Daylight MoonHelena BOND, vocalist and u-bassist for Daylight Moon, has been singing all her life, and brings an experienced ear to making a song work.
Ross CLARK, original u-bassist for The Performing BUMS, co-founder of The BUMSteaders, and guitarist/ukulelist/vocalist for Daylight Moon, brings a decade of songwriting experience to his arranging of songs for performance. Daylight Moon are currently recording their 3rd album, Dancing on the Moon, which includes three uke songs.

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.

On St Paddy’s Day eve, our Brisbane ukulele family were treated to a wonderful morning of Irish music to celebrate the magic of D-tuned ukulele.

Celtic Ukulele Music Workshop, March 2019

The Celtic Ukulele Workshop run by the Toowong Irish Music Session on behalf of BUMS was held at Zillmere Hall, on Saturday morning 16 March.

About 20 participants, mostly beginner level, were enjoyed 100 minutes of introductory musical study, guided by more than half a dozen enthusiastic and knowledgeable uke teachers and tutors.

The outcome was a morning of wonderful Irish Song accompanied on D-tuned ukulele. We learned the wonderful Raglan Road and Star of the County Down. The group felt another workshop soon would be great. Thank you BUMS Inc for hosting the workshop.

As a result of the March workshop, we were pleased to welcome three of the participants to their first Irish music session at our venue, Toowong Bowls Club. Everyone is welcome, regardless of levels of experience. So please come along on Thursdays between 5:30 pm and 9:00 pm.

For more information contact Pete on 0447 721 669.

Or hit us up on our Toowong Irish Music Session Facebook page.

Peter McMeel
Toowong Irish Music Session
23/3/2019

Our first Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp for the year was held on 13 & 20 March 2019.

The March Beginners Ukulele Bootcampers hard at work.

Here’s what one of our enthusiastic Bootcampers, Eva-Maree Matson, had to say about the course.

So glad I attended Beginners Bootcamp! After struggling through countless YouTube sessions at the beginning of my uke journey, it was pure pleasure to be part of a group learning session led by patient and knowledgeable teachers, Keryn, Julie and John.

The course is really well set out, and the setting is relaxed (you do not feel pressured at all). You’ll surprise yourself, as I did, just how much you can take in if you apply yourself. And it’s such fun too with everyone playing along together!

You’re sent the course notes after attending, and I found that really helpful to reinforce what I had learnt during the session. So handy to have to refer back to as well.

I am not familiar with reading sheet music, timing, and beats etc, but Keryn and Julie explained the basics to us simply and clearly, and gave excellent tips for smoother chord progressions. By the end of the second session you’ll be equipped with a bunch of chords to take you through quite a few songs.

After such an enjoyable learning experience, I would recommend Beginners Bootcamp for anyone looking to make a strong start on the ukulele.