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)

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Welcome to the QuasiTrad Website.

QuasiTrad was founded in 2014 by Judy Oleinikov to support traditional celtic dance music in Australia.

There’s nothing better than seeing a room full of musicians and dancers in sync with each other. But we musicians are starting to learn celtic tunes in isolation from dancing, and are losing the ability to add in the elements that makes great dance tunes. It’s a privilege to be part of the small but steady music-and-dance revival happening here.  I have a particular love for French-Canadian music which has kept its dance roots alive over the centuries,  and it’s my pleasure to present more of it 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 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.

Melbourne Ceili Camera

Celtic Jam

Every Wednesday evening during the school term. Starts again Jan 30, 2019
Box Hill Community Arts Centre, 470 Station St, Box Hill.
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.

2018 Quebec Fiddle Weekend

We’re extremely excited to present Laura Risk and Rachel Aucoin as our guest artists in 2018.
Laura Risk is a highly-acclaimed fiddler originally from California, who has been based in Montreal since 2000. A highly sought after performer and teacher who will be in Australia for the first time, Laura is also a PhD graduate who has brought the rich musical heritage of Douglastown, Quebec, to prominence. You can read more about Laura and her work in TradChat, on the link below.
Rachel Aucoin is an influential pianist from New Brunswick, who is passionate about the instrument, her Acadian musical heritage and folk accompaniment. A founding member of the cult dance band, Raz de Marée (Tidal Wave) in 2003, she is also one of the most sought-after accompanists in the region. Rachel is also a leading teacher in the scene, including creating an innovative program for piano students at the University of Montreal, where she combines the spontaneity and immersive musicianship of her folk experience with the aesthetic beauty and refinement in the artistry from classical music education. Like Laura, we are privileged to have Rachel in Australia for the first time.


Melbourne Ceili Camera

Buck Mulligan’s Whisky Tasting and Jam Session

Last Sunday of each month, 3pm – 5pm
Buck Mulligan’s Bar and Bookshop, 217 High St, Northcote

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



Other great sites for information on Quebecois and Australian fiddle camps & festivals, and more.


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