Lost in the Groove  March 11 –  13, 2023

A free Community Music Fiesta in East Gippsland

This is an initiative from Crashendo!East Gippsland QuasiTrad Music to bring community music activities to small remote towns that have very few music opportunities. The event relies on funding to make it happen each year.  We give our heartfelt appreciation to Brave Arts, East Gippsland, and Regional Arts Victoria for having supported the 2021 and 2022 events.

In 2022 (rescheduled form 2021 due to covid restrictions) we ran Lost in the Groove in the towns of Buchan, Orbost and Bruthen March 12 – 14.   Top Victorian musicians Andy Rigby, and Strat and Lyndal, brought out the musician in young and old alike! We offered pre-school programs, and children’s workshops in music-making and quirky instrument-making.  We also had instrumental and singing sessions for all ages, and invited everyone to be part of the afternoon street band performance in town, to bring some colour, feel-good vibes and no lack of hilarity to the day.  In the evening, the artists gave free performances, and we finished on a high note with some lively and hugely enjoyable jam sessions with local and visiting musicians.

In 2020 we were set to run the program in March… when we were faced with the first of many lockdowns.   We managed to swing into action and run a mini-version of Lost in the Groove online.  This was extremely innovative at the time, because very few people had heard of Zoom, let along used it!  We taught participants how to use the application, and gave them enough confidence to join in, with great success.

We hope to be able to keep running this fiesta.  If you are interested  in Lost in the Groove coming to your  town, or in sponsoring this event, please get in touch.  Crashendo!East Gippsland is a registered charity and can offer tax-deductible donations.

See our Gallery Page for a glimpse at previous Lost in the Groove fiestas.


quasitrad Orbost jam session
quasitrad Orbost jam session
quasitrad Orbost jam session

I just wanted to write a thank you to Quasitrad and partners for hosting this event in East Gippsland. What an excellent event it was with high quality musicians  who  were extremely encouraging and managed to get great involvement from the attendees. I think it would be fair to say that all who attended really enjoyed the event. This is a great model for a community event where people become involved rather than just observing. Please come again Quasitrad!


My son and I loved the kids’ music session. It’s wonderful to sing and play different instruments together.  We’re looking forward to next year!


I loved being part of this program.  Things like this are so important for community well-being too. 


For more information about Lost in the Groove contact:

Judy at QuasiTrad judy.quasitrad@icloud.com +61 422 868 680

The Lost in the Groove Team

This community event is a collaboration by Crashendo! Bairnsdale and QuasiTrad Music Melbourne, and relies on funding.  We are extremely grateful to our previous sponsors, Brave Arts East Gippsland and Regional Arts Victoria


CRASHENDO! Bairnsdale is  part of an international social change program providing music tuition resulting in life-enhancing experiences for children, families and the community.
Crashendo! Bairnsdale is an incorporated, not-for-profit charity with T.C.C. and Deductible Gift Recipient status. To make a tax-deductible donation, you can make an EFT to our bank account and email crashendo.bairnsdale@gmail.com for the receipt. Please reference your surname and initial or business name.

Account name: Crashendo Bairnsdale
BSB: 633 000
Account no: 152 546 834

QuasiTrad Music Melbourne was founded in 2014 by Judy Oleinikov to actively encourage participation in celtic musical traditions in Australia. QuasiTrad hosts workshops, concerts, dances, jam sessions and camps in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. QuasiTrad 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.  QuasiTrad has worked with a stellar line-up of international and local artists, including Liz Carroll, Pascal Gemme, and Laura Risk, and has collaborated with The Boite, Community Music Victoria, the National Celtic Festival and Cygnet Folk Festival.

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