SPRUKE Festival News

Spruke – Finished but not forgotten . . .

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As they say in the trade – “That’s a wrap” – and indeed Spruke 2013 is over, and by all accounts it has been a success.  We’ve had some positive feed back but more is better – so if you did attend and we have not contacted you with a survey invitation  and you’d like to have your say – please click here to leave your feedback.  This survey will be open until October 20, 2013, but if you miss that – you can always send us an email at  festival@spruke.net.au with your feedback.

I’d personally like to thank the Festival committee for their hard work and support in getting this festival together, as well as BUMS members and volunteers for their work in presenting the festival to the public.  Thanks also to the South Brisbane Institute of  Technology for their premises and students for participation in the technical aspects of the festival.  Many thanks to our partners and sponsors who helped us bring the festival to you, as well as our out of town performers who supported us.

Spruke will go into hibernation until 2015, but don’t despair !  Our sister club in Newcastle will be hosting a festival in 2014 in the Sept-October space, so stay tuned to the BUMS website for that.

Stay tuned to this site for some videos and photo highlights as they come to hand. (Top Menu)

The Spruke cast:

Our Sponsors:

Morris Brother Music – Major sponsor

Lanikai Ukuleles


JDD Pacific


Boulder Creek Guitars

Maton Guitars

Koyama Ukuleles

Ukulele Klass Events

Jack’s Music

Binary Music

Arties Music

Guitar Brothers

Rode Meats

Bendigo Bank
Festival Committee:
John Henderson – Director
Judy Holdaway – Deputy Director
Jo Kunde – Media & PR; Communications; Website developer and much more
Liz Crunkhorn – Festival Treasurer
Julie Minto – Performer & Stage Management Coordinator
Neil Wills – general advisor and spritual guide
Blair Marks – Head AV and technical
Garry Collins, Lindsay Ball and David Hethorne – assisting Blair Marks
Sue Gleed – Volunteer coordinator
Sue Stern – Market Stalls coordinator
Jim Bills – Programming and events coordinator
Chris Bird – fulfiller of many roles

Non Committee significant contributors:
Keryn Henderson – BUMS treasurer and personal assistant to the Director
Christine & Pru Heinrich – general logistical support and all rounders
Marg Monaghan- Photographer and Photography volunteer coordinator
Steven Sandilands – General all round logistical support
Will Whitaker – Market stall and Info coordinator
Les Anderson – Workshop volunteer coordinator
Lindsay Ball – Jam and Open Mic coordinator
Jay Bull – MC extraordinaire

Other MCs:
Alistair McLaren
Cath McCourt
Deb Selway
Harry Kanasa
Jane Cameron
Jayne Plumridge
Laraine Griffiths
Julie Sharpe
Sue Stern
Nereda Wills
Matt Barnes
Narelle Burke
Ross Clark
Helena Bond
Thom Jackson
Tiffany Kaimatsoglu
Zoe Atterbury
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Matt Barnes
Michael Willimott

Thanks also to the community groups and performers who travelled long distances to contribute to the entertainment for the weekend – we really appreciate your efforts.  A big thanks also to the South Brisbane TAFE students who volunteered their time to assist in their chosen field of study at the festival.  We really appreciate this – and hope you gained some valuable experience fro it as well.

And of course the 120 volunteers from BUMS and beyond who willingly gave up their time to make the event the success it has been.
Stay tuned for some other Spruke related mini events in 2014.

John Henderson, Festival Director.


    1. Stu -sadly we did not capture very much video from the festival. Really only what some of the visitors captured. This is something we need to invest more heavily in next time. We have considerable still photography. Regards . . John H