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.
Regain your Fiddle Mojo online sessions!
Tuesdays, 7:30pm – 8:15pm, August 31 – September 28, 2021
For those of us who are looking for some motivation to pick up our fiddles and get back to practising! Khalida will lead a practice session, with tips on tone, bowing, ornamentation and how to add these techniques into Irish music. Improve your fiddling, get back into playing regularly, get ideas on setting a good practice routine, and enjoy practising with a (zoom) room full of others!
Khalida de Ridder hails from a renowned folk musician family in remote Far North Queensland and is known for her ability to combine virtuosity with a unique soulful elegance in her playing. Khalida has performed in Europe, the UK and Australia, and is currently with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. Khalida won her first award at just five years of age and has gone on to win a number of international and national folk accolades including the Junior Australasian Fleadh Fiddle Champion (2003), Golden Fiddle Award (2010), the Chris Wendt award (2006) and the Declan Affley award (2009). At just fifteen years of age Khalida was a tutor at the national Celtic Southern Cross Summer School and awarded a Junior Cultural Australia Day medal for her contribution to folk music in Australia.
Add your name to the mailing list to join the sessions. Or email email@example.com. Payment by donation, recommended $10 per session.
Celtic Jam Online
Next one is Wednesday October 6, 7:30pm – 8:30pm. With Kevin Crawford.
The session is a chance to learn and share tunes online. 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. Over the past 18 months we have enjoyed learning tunes from a wide range of top musicians on different instruments: Kevin Crawford, Luke Plumb, Yann Falquet, Ado Barker, Lucy Wise, Rob Harbron, Olof Jahannson, Karen Tweed… the list is very long and rich! If you’d like to be notified of future online sessions, get in touch. It’s an informal gathering, and you’re welcome to just pop in when it suits.
These sessions are currently running when we are unable to meet in person in Melbourne… which is fairly often recently! Join the mailing list to find out when they happen.
Celtic Jam Slow Session
Every Wednesday evening, 7:30pm – 9pm (follows the school term)
Our live slow jams at Box Hill are starting up again. Join us at Box Hill Arts Centre every Wednesday evening to learn and play tunes at an easy-going pace. Perfect for anyone who would like to try playing celtic music, or who is looking for a more chilled session!
With all the recent lockdowns happening in Melbourne, we’re moving online during the weeks we can’t meet in person. If you’d like to be on the mailing list for either the Box Hill session or the online session – or both – get in touch.
Look out for our annual camp next year, June 30 – July 3, 2022, Marlo.
We had a ball this year, and are very grateful that the camp managed to land between two lockdowns and could actually run!
The annual camp is where we bask in a long weekend of great music, internationally-renowned guest artists, jam sessions, amazing food and an intimate, welcoming vibe. Join artists, Luke Plumb, Paddy Fitzgerald, Lucy Wise, Mischa Herman and Khalida de Ridder for a return to live workshops, classes and jam sessions, all happening at the Marlo Hotel, in front of the log fire!
*CANCELLED* – so close but so far.☹️ This won’t be happening in 2021 after all
Third time lucky… we hope!
After postponing this community music fiesta due to unprecedented bushfires and then an unprecedented virus, we are hoping for more precedented times next July!
Crashendo! Bairnsdale and QuasiTrad invite you to FREE singing workshops for all ages with internationally renowned duo The Maes. Explore the beautiful, tucked away villages of East Gippsland and support the region following years of drought, then bushfire, then covid-restrictions. Events happening in Lindenow, Buchan, Bruthen, Bairnsdale, and Wyanga Winery, Lakes Entrance.
Here’s some of our recent events….
Camp with Liz Carroll the Great! (USA)
Summer Vibes Dance
Camp concert with Laura Risk (Canada)
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.
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.
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!
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.”
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