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Girgarre is mustering the moosic

Accomplished musicians and beginners alike will descend on Girgarre this weekend for a hands-on music festival which offers plenty of toe-tapping jam sessions.

RIAHN SMITH January 9, 2013 4:10am

Girgarre Moosic Muster co-ordinator Jan Smith says the town is ready to have a great music festival this weekend.

If you fancy yourself a budding musical talent, or simply like to hammer out a tune every now and again, then the Girgarre Moosic Muster might just be for you.

Now in its seventh year, the muster offers musical workshops at beginner and intermediate level, as well as plenty of toe-tapping jam sessions.

It also coincides with the town’s monthly farmers’ market which features a wide range of local produce.

Muster co-ordinator Jan Smith said the event was ‘‘one-of-a-kind’’.

‘‘It’s a bit different to other music festivals because this is a festival of participation,’’ Ms Smith said.

‘‘The workshops are designed around bringing people in who would like to try an experience in music as well as honing your skills as you learn to play better and better.’’

Music classes focus mainly on string instruments, including guitar, violin, mandolin and double bass, as well as sessions on singing, music notation, poetry writing and clogging.

They’re also hoping to broaden their appeal this year with the addition of children’s workshops.


And if you don’t have an instrument?

Not to worry, the town hall hosts a stash of instruments that are just waiting to be borrowed.

Ms Smith said the event, which was developed to bring the townspeople together and promote music, held a special place in the hearts of locals and visitors alike.

‘‘It’s about achieving something quickly ... learning quickly and wanting more,’’ she said.

‘‘(But) most of all it’s about great people playing great music.’’


Girgarre Moosic Muster is from Friday to Sunday.

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