Kids’ Summer Folk Band

Supported by Folk Alliance Australia.

Wednesday January 17 & Thursday January 18, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Jika Community Centre, 1B Plant St, Northcote, Victoria

For kids aged 8 – 14 who have been playing an instrument for at least a year. Lunch included.
Proudly supported by Folk Alliance Australia Small Grants Scheme

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  • $55 per day OR $90 for both days
  • $40 per child per day family discount if 2 or more children attend
  • Price includes tuition, and a BBQ lunch

Come and discover the world of folk music, where you learn to play in a band with no sheet music or music stands! Celtic traditional music has been learned and played by ear for centuries and this musical environment nurtures creativity, versatility and a sense of freedom and fun. Here’s your chance to join an instant band!

We will learn a few simple celtic tunes in the morning altogether, then add in the groove in the afternoon, with harmonies, rhythms and accompaniment! The program is especially suited to string, keyboard and percussion players, but other instrumentalists, get in touch with us and we’ll try to cater for you too!

Meet the Teachers

Louise Godwin

Louise Godwin is a cellist, arts manager and researcher. She has a Master in Education (Research) from RMIT University and a Bachelor of Music (Hons) from The University of Melbourne, and is currently undertaking a PhD. She was recently engaged to lead the design, delivery and evaluation of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s The Pizzicato Effect. Louise is a well-known cellist of several folk bands, including The Homegrown Quartet, Taliska, and Jess & Lou, and a tutor at the 2017 Rosewood and Stringmania music camps.

Jess Foot

Jess is a freelance oboist and fiddler with an impressive array of degrees and awards to her name, including a scholarship to study in the Advanced Performance program of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). Jess is a leading figure in the Australian folk scene playing in numerous bands including The Neon Effect, Duck Duck Goose, Jess & Lou, The Homegrown Quartet, the Melbourne Scottish Fiddlers and the Empire State Elevators. Jess is also a private teacher and was tutor at the 2017 Rosewood music camp.

Matthew Horsley

Percussionist, Uilleann Piper, Composer; Matthew is an invaluable member of the Melbourne music scene. From his rich background as a classical and jazz percussionist, having studied and performed extensively in Australia and overseas, to his love of Irish traditional music, Matthew brings a combination of passion and fine artistry to his teaching. Matthew will be adding the “groove” into our band and welcomes all percussion-loving kids to join in! You can see more about Matthew on his website:

Judy Oleinikov

Judy is a folk pianist, fiddler and arts administrator. A regular teacher with Celtic Jam, the Melbourne Scottish Fiddlers and privately, she has a passion for community music and getting people involved. Judy is the director of the annual Quebec Fiddle Weekend camp, and regularly hosts workshops and concerts with international and local artists. As piano accompanist with the Melbourne Scottish Fiddlers, she loves the challenge of finding chords and rhythms to make the melodies shine!