The 8th Girgarre Moosic Muster takes place this weekend.January 8, 2014 4:34am
Doug Gray, Jan Smith and Steve Gray will be among those taking part in this weekend's Girgarre Moosic Muster.
Hundreds of musicians and music fans are expected in Girgarre this weekend for the eighth Girgarre Moosic Muster.
This year’s muster will feature a ukulele extravaganza as well as more than 20 workshops, a children’s program and many jamming opportunities for those who particularly enjoy socialising with music.
The muster covers genres including country, bluegrass, folk, blues, pop, gospel and contemporary acoustic music.
Ukulele players will be able to enjoy a full 1 of sessions covering skills, new tunes and fun, under the leadership of experts Bill Plant and Trish Scott.
There will also be a one-day event for primary-aged children to offers beginners ukulele and guitar tuition, singing, poetry, and instrument-making, with games and craft for younger children.
As usual all the sessions at the muster are free, which enables the annual community-run festival to provide great opportunities for anyone who has ever wanted to play a musical instrument.
The event’s friendly format attracts beginners and experienced musicians to take part in a range of workshops to suit all levels, with almost 600 people taking part last year.
Workshops cover guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, double bass, ukulele and violin, different playing styles, singing skills, traditional dancing and musical theory.
Muster co-founder Jan Smith said well-known bands and other expert musicians from the district, regional Victoria and Melbourne donated their time each year to teach and perform.
‘‘Hundreds of people have been taught to play through the muster and its associated jamming events. Our tutors will have you playing, singing or dancing within the hour,’’ she said.
‘‘I’ve seen many beginners get up and perform a number which they have just learned, because of the great encouragement and support they receive. And the more advanced players will certainly learn new techniques and tunes.’’
Another popular regular feature of the muster are the jamming sessions that take place around Girgarre Memorial Hall, the adjacent park and the nearby camping area, and there are free concerts on Saturday evening and Sunday.
There is also the monthly Girgarre Farmers Produce and Craft Market on Sunday morning.
The eighth Girgarre Moosic Muster takes place in Girgarre from Friday, January 10 to Sunday, January 12. All concerts and workshops are free and camping spots are available for a fee.
A full list of workshops, concerts and jam sessions is available at girgarre.com.au or for more information, phone muster director Jan Smith on 5854
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