One of the benefits of playing in a BUMS community band is that you get to meet like-minded performers. And that’s how it was with our band. We all play with NUMB BUMS on the Northside and shared a love of similar music genres.

L-R Frank Buckley (tenor), Ginny Michel (tenor & vocals), Peter Grace (tenor & vocals), John Low (baritone, occasional vocals), Caroline Haig (8 string tenor & vocals) and Chris Slater (bass, occasional vocals) seated.

In early 2017, Chris, John and Pete had been meeting at Frank’s place in Redcliffe for informal practices when Jude, Frank’s wife asked if we realized we all had saintly names – Christopher, Francis, John and Peter. At that moment, we became the Ukulele Saints.

We are all members of NUMB BUMS and became friends through practices and performances.

The Saints practise every week, even when one of us is away or unavailable, and have a good and growing song list. We cut our performance teeth leading sets at the Northside and Coorparoo jams, and have performed at some aged care and retirement homes, community markets, at Newkulele in 2018, and for Brisbane City Council volunteers at Mt Cootha.