In response to our invitation for members to share their ukulele journeys in our newsletter, Narelle Burke tells us how taking up uke changed the tide, and gave her some of the best times of her life. Please email to share your ukulele journey.
Off to BUMS
Somewhere along the line I heard about BUMS and that was the beginning of going down a musical road, starting with the live jams at the Coorparoo Bowls Club. Then I became more involved in BUMS activities by doing performances, and being part of The BUMS Big Band which had its first public appearance at BUMS’ first ukulele festival, Brisbane’s Big UkE Jam, on The Green at QPAC in 2011. Many a song was learnt in the park at Bulimba with lots of giggles and inquisitive public stopping by. Below is a bit of memorabilia with some of the Performing BUMS and BUMS Big Band from 2011 around the time of the first festival which I was proud to be a part of.
Some other performances were Australia Day at Moorooka Bowls Club (2010), and at Southbank (2014), Radio Lollipop at Red Hill (2015), Wynnum Choral Society (2014), Christmas Carols at St Stephens at Coorparoo, plus many more.
These photos are from just a few of the BUMS Big Band performances between 2012 and 2015.
Riding the Tide
We’ve danced over a lot of countryside, my uke and I — by road, rail, and plane. And we’ve entertained a lot of happy people. But both of us are showing the tide of time … I am now grey and my uke has holes, scratches, and dints, looking more like Willy Nelson’s guitar.
Although I’m no longer performing, I still love to play ukulele with others, come to jams and follow the adventures of all my friends in BUMS. But we are still planning to be ‘on the road again’. And I thank my friends for making wonderful memories with me.
I leave you with some photos of our festival performances, and I thank my fellow band members for walking with me through my journey, sharing many laughs, and supporting each other.
Love, Narelle (aka Narellvis)