The Quebec Fiddle Weekend

The Quebec Fiddle Weekend
Friday November 2 – Tuesday November 6
Hidden Hill, Gippsland, Victoria

The 2018 Quebec Fiddle Weekend is extremely excited to present Laura Risk (fiddle) and Rachel Aucoin (piano) in Australia for the very first time. Come and join our Quebec corner in Gippsland where we will enjoy classes, meals, jams and a dance with these two great artists. The weekend starts on Friday evening and ends on Tuesday after our signature Melbourne-Cup Champagne Brunch to finish.

Our venue is Hidden Hill in Gippsland, about 2 hours’ drive from Melbourne. Or you can take the train from Melbourne to Moe on the Traralgon VLine route. You can find out more about Hidden Hill on the Accommodation page. Participants have the choice of bunk beds in the main house, or under canvas outside, or bring your own van or tent.

Please note numbers for this camp are limited,in order to keep the classes small. Day rates will be available if there are vacancies.

Quebec Fiddle Weekend will open the concert by Laura Risk and Rachel Aucoin, at The Boite (Box Hill venue) on Friday November 9. All participants are invited – and encouraged! – to perform.

This year’s camp will be the final Quebec Fiddle Weekend, so this is your last chance to experience it!


  • Early Bird Prices from Jan 1 until May 1 (or until sold out): Full $475, Concession $425.
    Must be paid in full on booking. *ALL SOLD OUT*
  • Regular Price: Full $515, Concession $465. A deposit of $100 is required on booking.
    From Friday October 5 full payment will be required on booking.
  • Prices include tuition, accommodation, meals, and ticket to the concert and dance.

Some scholarships are available for piano students. See the Scholarships page for details.

This year’s camp is especially suited to fiddlers, pianists and accordionists, with contradance, kids’ classes and some woodwind tuition also on offer.
Teaching will be by ear, with music given out at the end of the weekend. No previous knowledge of the Quebecois style is necessary.
Laura Risk, Fiddle
Originally from California, Laura grew up in the thriving San Francisco Scottish fiddle scene, learning her craft from master fiddler Alasdair Fraser. With a string of Scottish bands and acclaimed recordings to her name, Laura moved to Montreal in 2000 and began an exploration of the traditional Quebecois music. This culminated with a doctoral dissertation on the unique musical culture of Douglastown, Quebec, from the early 20th century to the 1980s. This research also resulted in Laura co-producing a CD, Douglastown: Music and Song from the Gaspé Coast, as a portrait of the town’s rich musical heritage. You can read about this in Laura’s interview with TradChat on this website.
As a freelance musician, Laura is in huge demand, both as a performer and a teacher and it’s a great pleasure for us to be able to have her in Australia for the 2018 Quebec Fiddle Weekend.

Visit Laura’s official website to discover more.

Rachel Aucoin, piano

Rachel Aucoin is an influential pianist originally from New Brunswick, who is passionate about the instrument, her Acadian musical heritage and folk accompaniment. A founding member of the cult dance band, Raz de Marée (Tidal Wave) in 2003, she is also one of the most sought-after accompanists in the region. Rachel is also a leading teacher in the scene, including creating an innovative program for piano students at the University of Montreal, where she combines the spontaneity and immersive musicianship of her folk experience with the aesthetic beauty and refinement in the artistry from classical music education.

Rachel also somehow finds time to run an annual camp and regular classes and dances in Quebec. You can find out about Rachel’s music and the events she runs through her website … if you can read French!

Otherwise, here’s an English version of her bio!

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

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.

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