Tunes Camp with Liz Carroll (USA) & Kate Burke (Aust)

November 1st – 5th, 2019. The Otway Ranges, Victoria

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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.

It’s happening! The 2019 QuasiTrad Tunes Camp!

We’re extremely excited to present Liz Carroll and Kate Burke as our guest artists in 2019! Liz and Kate will share their skills in the art of composing tunes.

Liz Carroll (USA) is an Irish fiddler, composer, and recording artist. She is the first Irish-American musician to be nominated for a Grammy, and the first American-born composer honored with the Cumadóir TG4, Ireland’s most significant traditional music prize. Liz has toured as a solo artist and with the Greenfields of America, Trian, as the duo Liz Carroll & John Doyle, String Sisters, and now as a duo with guitarist and pianist Jake Charron.

Kate Burke (Australia) has been composing, singing and performing as a multi-instrumentalist for many years, and has won much acclaim as a member of Irish / Australian traditional band Trouble in the Kitchen. Kate’s tunes and songs have won many awards, and have been performed and recorded by such artists as Muireann nic Amhlaoibh (Danu) and Tolka.

Liz Carroll in Concert – only two chances to see her on her Australian tour!

Sunday November 3, 2019, 2pm Deans Marsh Public Hall, Victoria

Thursday November 7, 2019, 7pm The Oratory, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne

Liz Carroll is an Irish-American fiddler and composer of extraordinary talent.  She has been hugely influential in shaping contemporary Irish traditional music since she stunned the world by winning the All-Ireland Senior Championships at the age of only 18.  From a family of traditional musicians, Liz developed a love for the genre as a child, advising her parents at the age of 10 to “not waste any more money” on formal classical music lessons, because she preferred to learn from the local  musicians around her in the extensive Irish community of Chicago.  Liz’s warm character and generosity in sharing this music with others, in combination with her virtuosity on the fiddle,  makes her performances truly remarkable.  Be transported to a world where families have nurtured this timeless  music in their own communities over generations and produced giants in the tradition.  

Liz is in Australia for the first time, and only for 1 week. This is an exceptional opportunity to see her here in concert.  Bookings essential.

Liz Carroll will be joined in concert by renowned Australian multi-instrumentalist, Kate Burke.  



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! Get in touch if you’re interested in joining.


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 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 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