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The Bribie Ukulele Jam

Story and pictures by  Alistair Gray

Ukulele players at the Bribie Jam

Wow!  Ninety-odd Ukuleles, all played in unison.  What a sound!  What fun!  Smiles all around, as friends old and new get together to play, catch up, and have a great time.  Yes, it is the start of the bi-annual Uke Jam session, where groups from around the local area get together to let off steam and play.  There were groups from Beachmere, Caboolture, and the Sunshine Coast.  About 90 players attended the 2-hour Jam at the Bribie Island Recreation Hall.  They sang and played some 35 songs to the enjoyment of all who attended.

Sue Lanham and Richard Allan have been running ukulele fun groups and beginner’s courses through Bribie Island U3A for some years.  A few years back, they thought combining local groups for a bi-annual jam session involving experienced, and new players would be great. 


Sue Lanham and Richard Allan

The ukulele is arguably the most played musical instrument in the world.  No matter where you travel, you will probably find a ukulele group nearby.  It is one of the easiest instruments to learn.  It is tremendous fun, opens the door to new friendships, and is why it is universally popular. 

If you would like to learn to play or are an experienced player and want to get involved, please go to

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