QuasiTrad events are on hold for now.  Join us online each Wednesday night for a session of tune learning and sharing.

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QuasiTrad Music Melbourne

QuasiTrad Music Melbourne is for musicians of all levels looking to play socially and to deepen their knowledge of celtic music. QuasiTrad hosts workshops, concerts, dances, jam sessions and camps in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Our events are unique, because we combine a small, friendly, customised experience with some of the biggest names in celtic music from overseas and around Australia. Play music with the world’s best musicians!

Check out the events on our website to see what you can join.

What’s happening in 2020…?


While all the planned QuasiTrad events for 2020 have been put aside for now… we are not sitting back and watching Netflix!  Our regular event is the weekly Celtic Jam Online. We have recently ran several cello masterclasses with Scottish master, Natalie Haas,  as well as a community music holiday program, Lost in the Groove.  And we’re looking forward to our annual camp in mid-January… all being well.  Keep checking back for more updates on our events, or subscribe below.

Celtic Jam Online (aka zoom jam)


Each Wednesday evening, 7:30pm – 9pm (Melbourne, Aus, time)

Join us for a weekly tune learning and sharing session.  We invite guest artists from Australia and overseas to join us from time to time, as well as hosting session nights, and sharing tunes we love.  And we’ve recently added a regular music trivia night to the schedule, for some light-hearted entertainment.  If you’d like to join, get in touch.  It’s an informal gathering, and you’re welcome to just pop in when it suits. 

QuasiTrad Tunes Camp


Friday January 15 – Sunday January 17, 2021

The annual QuasiTrad camp will take place at Amberley in Lower Plenty (Melbourne).

We’re hoping to run a celebratory weekend of social jam sessions and great company, if a pesky virus allows… subscribe below and  be among the first to know!

Lost in the Groove  

A four day music fiesta happening in East Gippsland, March 30 – April 2, 2020

Sadly this event has been postponed to a later date, due to the escalation of coronavirus.  Come back soon to get the updates.

Celtic Jam

Every Wednesday evening during the school term. 
Box Hill Community Arts Centre, 470 Station St,  Box Hill (Melbourne)

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 already play a little.


Buck Mulligan’s Whiskey Jam Session

Last Sunday of each month, 3pm – 5:30pm
Buck Mulligan’s Bar and Bookshop

217 High St, Northcote  (Melbourne)

A traditional session and whiskey tasting at the same time.  A perfect match!

Led by Melbourne musician, Cam Hibbs (Tolka, Trioc)


Quebecois Session

Proserpina Bakery,  361 Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, Sassafras, Victoria

Here’s a first for Australia! A jam session for French-Canadian music.  Why?  Because the tunes are completely addictive! Find us on the verandah at Proserpina Bakery once a month, playing up a storm and savouring the bakery delights!


Interested in volunteering at QuasiTrad events?

There are a range of opportunities for work experience, professional development, or simple enjoyment.  QuasiTrad offers a range of volunteer positions, from kitchen hand or bar-tending at events, to arts administration and promotion.  Enjoy all the benefits of being part of a community music team, working closely with your favourite artists, and furthering your study / training opportunities.  Get in touch to find out more.


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

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

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

QuasiTrad – Est. 2014 by Judy Oleinikov

QuasiTrad was founded in 2014 by Judy Oleinikov to actively encourage participation in celtic musical traditions in Australia.

The highlight of the Quasitrad calendar is the annual camp which brings some of the world’s finest traditional musicians to Melbourne for workshops and performances. The camp honours the traditional way of learning music by providing an 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 newsletter about events, or see the Quebec Fiddle Weekend facebook page

You can also find out about traditional celtic music, in particular Quebecois music, and what’s happening here and around the world through the Trad Chat blog.

“Traditional celtic music in Australia is almost one of our best-kept secrets. You almost need to know someone in the circle to discover it, not because it’s elite, but because it’s niche. It’s not easy to find teachers and mentors in the genre, and many people live a long way from regular jam sessions or other celtic players. It’s a privilege for me to be able to help bridge this gap and to host events and tuition, and to be part of the small but steady folk music-and-dance revival happening here. I have a particular love for French-Canadian music which is lively and a lot of fun to play, and I particularly love to present this music, along with its Scottish and Irish music “cousins”, here in Victoria, Australia.”
Judy Oleinikov

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