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.

Summer Vibes Dance

Thursday, 23 January, 2020, 7:30pm Abbotsford Convent, Victoria


Kick up your heels this summer!   A vibrant crew of young dance callers will guide you through some of their favourite dances, a mixture of Scottish Ceilidh, Irish set-dancing, Aussie bush classics and cool contradance.  Ado Barker and Kate Burke (Trouble in the Kitchen) will headline the dance band,  so you know the night will be cranking!

100% of the profits from Summer Vibes will go directly to support bushfire-affected communities through the  Bega Valley Community Relief Fund, and the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund. These charity organisations are at the centre of providing the aid their communities need right now. Bring cash on the night to support the silent auction and bar, and help raise funds.


Lost in the Groove  

A four day music fiesta happening in East Gippsland, March 30 – April 2, 2020

An exciting program happening over the April school holidays.  The multi award-winning, much acclaimed duo, The Maes, will hold a series of workshops for primary school kids, teenagers and adults over 3 days.  The participants will enjoy working with The Maes to create feel-good music with lush vocals and groovin’ instrumental arrangements.  The fiesta culminates in a day of concerts at Forge Theatre, Bairnsdale, where the participants can join The Maes on stage to showcase their work.  

And the most amazing thing about Lost in the Groove?  It’s entirely free to participate in, thanks to a collaboration between QuasiTrad Music Melbourne, Crashendo! Bairnsdale and the East Gipspland Shire Council.

Registrations open in February 2020.  Save the date, and consider booking your Bairnsdale accommodation soon!


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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