Quasi: (adj) a hybrid word that relates to Quebec and Australia at the same time (Oleinikov)
Trad: (noun) abbr. traditional music; music that is an expression of the life of a people in a community, which is transmitted and evolves orally. (freedictionary.org)
Welcome to the QuasiTrad Website.
QuasiTrad was founded in 2014 by Judy Oleinikov to promote Quebecois traditional music in Australia.
My passion for the traditional music of French Canada started in 2008, when I followed the recommendation of a friend to see a band from Quebec who was playing at a local festival. I became a convert on the spot to this music that is so lively, energetic and rhythmically unique. It is now my pleasure to present more music from Quebec here in Australia.”
The highlight of the Quasitrad calendar is the annual Quebec Fiddle Weekend which brings some of Quebec’s finest musicians to Melbourne for workshops and performances. The camp honours the traditional way of learning music by providing a environment open to all players, teaching the music by ear and enjoying a great community atmosphere.
QuasiTrad also hosts jam sessions, workshops and dances throughout the year. You can subscribe down below to receive our quarterly newsletter about events, or see the Quebec Fiddle Weekend facebook page
You can also find out about Quebecois music and what’s happening here and around the world through the Trad Chat blog.
To be immersed for a weekend in Quebecois music and fiddling – taught by one of the foremost exponents of the style -was an unique and extraordinary experience. Pascal Gemme is amazing and a generous teacher, and the camp had such a friendly atmosphere. Thanks Judy, I’ll definitely be back next time!”
– Jess Foot, freelance oboist and fiddler, Melbourne
I have had the greatest time playing and learning traditional Québécois fiddle for the past 4-5 days! So much food, laughter, great company and story telling. I have learnt so much from these amazing talented musicians, Pascal and Yann! Thank you to everyone involved for making this the most amazing experience! Thank you for bringing a little piece of Quebec to Australia 🎻🎻🎻”
– Jillian Condon, violin teacher, Melbourne
A heartfelt thankyou for the Quasitrad Quebec Fiddle Weekend. It was incredibly well-organised and artistically brilliant… and what a treat to be fed quality home-cooked food for five days. Thank you for inviting me as a caller for the contra dance. The event was fantastic! I will definitely be encouraging people to attend any future events.”
– Jeanette Mill, dance caller, Canberra.
Celtic Jam for Morning Tea
Dust off your instruments and come and join in a social jam session. Learn tunes the “traditional” way, by ear and by being part of a group. Suitable for musicians who can play a little already.
The session is pram and toddler friendly, and includes a morning cuppa.Read More!
2017 Quebec Fiddle Weekend
We’re extremely excited to David Boulanger from La Bottine Souriante, as our guest artist for 2017.
David is a highly acclaimed musician and member of several bands, including La Bottine Souriante and David & Maja, with Danish fiddler Maja Kjær Jakobsen. An enthusiast of crooked tunes and the uniquely Quebecois brandy reels, David is well-known for his compositions and fiddle playing which are a strong presence in the Quebec music scene. David is also a sought-after teacher, teaching at Montreal’s Jeunes Musiciens de Monde school, as well as at international workshops.
David will introduce us to the melodies, rhythms, accompaniments and dances which make Quebecois music so addictive.
Wise Women in Concert
Sunday, May 14, 2pm in Northcote
A very special Mother’s Day concert with the renowned Wise family women, Louisa, Lucy, Rowena and Ruth. Much loved as the Wise Family Band from Margaret River, WA, they are all now sought-after musicians in their own right. It is rare to have them all in the one place at the one time!Read More!
Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse in Concert
Monday, May 8, 7pm in Northcote
Gina and Guy are award-winning musicians from the Noongar region of Western Australia, here in Melbourne for the first time. Their gorgeous blend of vocals and acoustic guitar, along with their gift of story-telling, brings new life to the Noongar language and is appreciated by all listeners, regardless of culture and language.Read More!
Other great sites for information on Quebecois and Australian fiddle camps & festivals, and more.Read More!