Lost in the Groove

Monday March 30 – Thursday April 2, 2020

A free music fiesta happening right in the heart of East Gippsland!
  • free singing workshops with multi-award winning band, The Maes
  • free instrumental workshops with top Australian musicians, Andy Rigby and East Gippsland’s own John Corby
  • free concerts at Forge Theatre, Bairnsdale
  • daily street music parade to join in
  • free instrument-making for kids
  • four days of world-class music events taking place in East Gippsland

Lost in the Groove  is a a four-day community fiesta of music in Bairnsdale, Victoria, where acclaimed Australian musicians join forces with the local East Gippsland community and beyond.  With free singing and instrumental workshops for all ages, colourful street bands in town each lunchtime and free concerts at Forge Theatre, Lost in the Groove will create a buzz that you’ll want to be part of!

The program of events

You can join in one of the free workshops at Bairnsdale Hub, and enjoy one of the free concerts at Forge Theatre, featuring The Maes, Andy Rigby and John Corby, along with  all the fiesta participants.


All workshops will take place at The Bairnsdale Hub, 27 Dalmahoy St, from Monday March 30 to Wednesday April 1.
The workshops are free to attend, but registration is essential.  There is a maximum number of participants for each session.

The Maes will run daily singing sessions. Enjoy learning songs and harmonies from them, then come and  join them on stage in concert!  No need to audition, or panic about your voice.  Singing is for everyone and is one of the best ways to release those feel-good endorphins!

  • Singing for primary-school kids  10am – 11am each day
  • Singing for teenagers  3pm – 4pm each day
  • Singing for adults 7:30pm -9pm each evening

Andy Rigby and John Corby will run daily instrumental workshops, instrument-making, and a street band perfomance!. These workshops are open to  any age and any instrument.  You will need  to bring your instrument.  Learn a catchy tune or two to play then join the street band  following the workshop.

Or you can join in the instrument-making workshop and create your own crazy instrument for the parade.  Pianists – try your hand at one of Andy’s marimbas, during the workshops,  and then join the band on these novel instruments!

  • Instrument making, all ages 11:15pm – 12pm (kids under 10, bring an adult with you!)
  • Instrumental workshop, followed by the street parade, all ages 12:30pm – 2pm


The fiesta will end in grand style with two  concerts on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at Forge Theatre and Arts Hub, Bairnsdale.  These concerts will feature The Maes, Andy Rigby, John Corby and friends, and all the fiesta participants. The concerts are free to attend, but you must BOOK a ticket.  Seating is extremely limited, and we ask you attend only one concert, to allow as many people as possible to enjoy them.

  • matinee performance 2:30pm Thursday, April 2.  With pre-concert fun by the Lost in the Groove street band starting at 2pm
  • evening performance 7:30pm Thursday, April 2.  With pre-concert fun by the Lost in the Groove street band starting at 7pm

You will be redirected to the Forge Theatre and Arts Hub booking office.

The Lost in the Groove musicians

Multi-award winning band, The Maes will lead the daily singing workshops  and headline the concerts at Forge Theatre.

The Maes (formerly the Mae Trio) are sisters Maggie and Elsie Rigby.  Formed In 2014, The Maes have been non-stop touring in Australia and overseas, winning over audiences with their striking song-writing, intricate instrumental arrangements and stunning vocal harmonies.  UK magazine, Songlines, describes their music as “Located at a crossroads where Australian, English and American folk traditions meet, The Maes are in the midst of creating something unique and very much their own”. Most recently, their self-titled album, The Maes, carried off the Music Victoria award for Best Folk and Roots Album of 2019.

See The Maes website to find out more

Musicians Andy Rigby and John Corby will lead the instrumental workshops each day, that will become a festive street band in town each lunchtime.
Andy Rigby is a multi-instrumentalist and instrument maker extraordinaire, one of Australia’s most creative musicians.  He performs and teaches harp, whistle, flute, piano accordion, soprano saxophone, marimbas and dulcimer…and the list goes on!  Andy is notably the artistic director of one of the longest-running and successful music camps in Australia, Rosewood.  Andy  is a top choice of teacher and street band leader at festivals and music camps around Australia, and Lost in the Groove is very excited to welcome him to the event, along with John Corby. 
Andy Rigby’s website to find out more
John Corby is a Bairnsdale local who has been involved in traditional Celtic music for the last 30 years in the Bairnsdale area and elsewhere.  He plays a number of different instruments including flute, tin whistle, guitar and mandolin.  He has played in a variety of different folk bands over the years including: Tinker’s Cuss, An Banna, and Henry’s Men.  John is passionate about teaching traditional music and has been a tutor at a number of Australian festivals.  He has run a “Tunes Band” at Nagle College for the last 10 years as well as a monthly Traditional Irish Music Session, and  can’t wait to share his love for Irish music with the fiesta participants.

Sample some of the award-winning music by The Maes…

… or discover what a street band is, with Andy and John!

For more information about Lost in the Groove contact:

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

or Hilary at Crashendo! Bairnsdale crashendo.bairnsdale@gmail.com +61 455 872 296

Lost in the Groove QuasiTradThe Lost in the Groove Team

This community event is a collaboration by Crashendo! Bairnsdale and QuasiTrad Music Melbourne, and has been generously funded by the East Gippsland Shire Council, The  Gippsland Primary Health Network, the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), the  Collier Charitable Fund and Crashendo! Bairnsdale.


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

The East Gippsland Shire Council
 is a leading local government that works together with local communities to make East Gippsland one of the most liveable regions in Australia. The Shire Council is a major supporter of this event, and encourages  local residents to take up the opportunity of participating.

Gippsland Primary Health Network  (GPHN) is an initiative of the Australian Government to support  the mental health, social and emotional wellbeing of people in Gippsland experiencing drought  and bushfire related stress.

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) champions the economic and social strength of Australia’s rural, regional and remote communities through partnerships with the private sector, philanthropy and governments.

The Collier Charitable Fund is a perpetual charitable trust that was established in 1954 by Alice, Annette and Edith Collier, three Melbourne sisters, as a way to continue, in perpetuity, their lifelong practice of generous support of charities and of the disadvantaged. Since then, the Trustees of the Fund have been making grants from the Fund’s income each year to many worthwhile organisations and projects in Victoria and around Australia.

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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