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Music lovers flock to muster

Girgarre's annual Moosic Muster drew a big crowd last weekend.

January 16, 2013 4:31am

Simon and Ethan Hall took part together in a guitar workshop.


Music filled the air around Girgarre last weekend as the town celebrated its 2013 Moosic Muster.

The muster’s biggest ever program of free workshops attracted a mixture of talents from those picking or strumming an instrument for the first time to others seeking to increase their skills and repertoire.

Workshops catering for guitar, mandolin, ukulele, banjo, violin and double bass were held along with singing sessions for those keen to stretch their vocal chords.

As well as all the workshops there were small jam sessions going on all round the reserve and campsite.

The atmosphere throughout was amazing as people from all over Victoria and beyond came together to simply enjoy playing music.

Two concerts were held on Saturday evening, one indoor and one outdoor, to offer a choice of entertainment.

The music continued on Sunday morning with Gospel singing in the main hall and a concert on the reserve to entertain shoppers attending the monthly Farmers Market.

Muster co-founder Jan Smith said the attendance was up again from last year with both the Girgarre Memorial Hall and the reserve packed for the Saturday evening concerts.

‘‘It’s a different type of music festival as it’s one of participation and people just seem to love belonging to it,’’ Mrs Smith said.

‘‘We had some different workshops this year, including percussion and even a photographic workship, and I wondered how they would be received. But they all proved popular.

‘‘The muster is all about bringing people together around music whether they are there to learn or perform.

‘‘Nobody is paid, all the volunteers come along to make it happen and the performers all come along and just play for the love of it.’’

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