The annual Tunes Camp 

Friday January 15 to Monday January 18, 2021.

Lower Plenty, Melbourne

Registrations open soon!

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!  You can join us online for a range of events.

Lost in the Groove Mini-Online Fest!

Monday March 30 – Thursday April 2, 2pm 

Get a headstart on tunes for the Lost in the Groove Fiesta happening… sometime in 2021!… by joining us online this week.  Charismatic musician Andy Rigby, with his dynamic daughter Sylvie, will teach some whistle and uke tunes, via Zoom. And it’s completely free!  Suitable for all instruments; look out for some harp tunes added in as well during the Wednesday / Thursday sessions.

No need to panic about getting on to Zoom – we’ll give you as much help as you need to get started.  Send your email to to join.

Lost in the Groove is an initiative of QuasiTrad Music, Crashendo! Bairnsdale and The East Gippsland Shire Council

Zoom Jam (aka Celtic Jam)

Each Wednesday evening, 7:30pm – 9pm

Celtic Jam has been replaced by Zoom Jam! Here’s a great chance to learn new tunes from  a range of players.  We can’t play altogether, but we can still share and learn tunes.  We will also use this opportunity to invite musicians from all over Australia and the world to teach us a tune or two, something we can’t do at our weekly  sessions in Box Hill.  Send your email to to join.

And we’re happy to get you started on Zoom, get in touch and we’ll talk you through the process. Don’t let technology discourage you from joining in!

Natalie Haas Masterclass

Saturday, April 25, 10am – 12pm
Cost:  $50  Maximum participants is 7
(All money going directly to artist)

Cellists!  Join a masterclass run by the incredible Natalie Haas!  Seven lucky participants will spend a few hours with Natalie, in an online masterclass.  Prepare a tune or questions for Natalie, and she’ll spend one-on-one time with you adding in new ideas or helping you sort things out.  There’s enormous benefit from observing her work with the other participants too.   Natalie welcomes all levels, and encourages you to not be shy about your playing. She’s looking forward to spending some quality cello time with us on the other side of the world! Register by emailing


QuasiTrad Tunes Camp


Friday January 15 – Monday January 18, 2021

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

Ready for another long weekend full of tunes, dance, food and fun? All the details will be here soon!

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 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

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