We hope to see you again soon at one of our events.
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.
Celtic Jam Slow Session Wednesdays
Box Hill Community Arts Centre, Staton St, Box Hill (Melbourne) $10 per session
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! We also play regular gigs.
Winter Tunes Camp June 30 – July 3, 2022, Jan Juc, Vic.
The annual camp is where we bask in a long weekend of great music, internationally-renowned guest artists, jam sessions, and a welcoming, chill vibe. Join the crew of guest artists led by director, Luke Plumb, for a return to live workshops, classes and jam sessions, all happening on the Surf Coast, Vic.
See the camp page for more details.
Welcome Sessions for young adults with disabilities
Weekly from Thursday May 26, 7:30pm – 9pm, Box Hill Arts Centre
These social music-making sessions will offer young adults an opportunity to come together and play music in the style of a traditional Celtic session. Music will be learnt aurally will also offer an opportunity to socialise in a safe setting. Many young people with disabilities leave school and have difficulties finding opportunities to connect with other young people, so we are hoping that these sessions will give opportunities for them to meet other young musicians and create some new friendships.
Especially for young musicians (ages 17 – 25) with a disability and/or diverse learning need.
This program is an initiative of Keys of Life, an organisation started by Daphne Proietto in 2015, to foster a music-learning community for students with diverse learning needs including autism.
Scottish Jam Session July 8, 2022, from 6pm
Highly talented sister-duo, Tess and Luisa Hickey. will lead the session and be joined by some of Melbourne’s best Scottish players. The musicians will transport you to Scotland with a toe-tapping mix of best-loved traditional tunes and popular contemporary ones. Book yourself a table for a meal and enjoy the vibe. Or BYO instrument and join in. Free entry.
Lost in the Groove Music Fiesta, East Gippsland March 11- 13, 2023
This free community music fiesta aims to bring music opportunities to small towns in East Gippsland. Lost in the Groove is an initiative of QuasiTrad Music and Crashendo!Bairnsdale, to enable communities in remote areas to experience great events in their own towns. We aim to make it a regular event, with ongoing sponsorship.
Lost in the Groove 2022 brought music-making, singing, instrument-making, and evening jam sessions to the towns of Buchan, Orbost and Bruthen over the March long weekend. Huge thanks to Brave Arts East Gippsland and Regional Arts Victoria for funding this year’s event. See our gallery page.
Here’s some of our recent events….
Winter Tunes Camp July 2021
Camp with Liz Carroll the Great! (USA)
Lost in the Groove, Orbost
Summer Vibes Dance
Online Sessions 2020 – 2021
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 youtube channel dedicated to the compositions of our own local musicians.
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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