Musicians from across Victoria and interstate are tuning up again for a free community music-making, fun and good times at the 12th Girgarre Moosic Muster, January 11-14, 2018.
New workshops and much more open mike time are being planned to make this the best-ever event for both musicians and their audiences.
Drumming on the djembe (African drum), a sea shanty singalong, slide guitar, memorizing skills and adding elaborate effects to guitar techniques are among more than 35 workshops on offer.
Another new feature will be a big band made up of beginner players.
Music lovers can now roll up on the Thursday, a day earlier, either to perform or listen to many more impromptu performances than previous years.
The Girgarre muster - where all music sessions are completely free of charge - calls itself the most affordable and friendly acoustic festival in Victoria.
It offers bluegrass, folk, blues, country, pop, gospel and contemporary music, with free evening public concerts featuring leading bands on two stages, a very full Saturday workshop schedule, and continuous jamming throughout the site and adjacent camp ground.
The free junior muster, comprising comic characters, music, crafts, poetry and games, is popular with primary schoolchildren. And there’s even free instrument loans for absolute beginners or musicians wanting to try something new.
Expert tutors will lead workshops in tin whistle, mandolin, guitar, piano accordion, banjo, double bass, violin, ukulele, percussion, song writing, using tablets for storing music, and more.
Sure to attract attention will be an orchestral piece by the “junkstrument” players – musicians who have created weird and wonderful instruments from junk, as part of an ongoing funded project based at Girgarre.
Harmony singing, which attracts the biggest roll-up of all, is back, along with the special Jigarre Jammin’ community jam, the ‘60s singalong, poetry writing, the hilarious joke competition and the Sunday gospel singalong. There’s even a flax weaving workshop for non-playing partners to enjoy.
The muster venue is the air-conditioned Girgarre Hall in Winter Road.
The only charge is for camping at the site but the small fee includes three meals and full use of amenities over the entire muster period.
The highly popular Girgarre market takes place on the Sunday at the site, with bands playing.
The full program is available at: http://girgarre.com.au
For more details:
Muster director Jan Smith: (03) 5854 6283 / 0458 546 283