QuasiTrad welcomes you to a camp that’s all about tunes – tune-writing and tune-playing. And who better to help you unlock your tune-writing creativity than US composer and fiddler, Liz Carroll. Liz set the bar decades ago with her skill in composition in the celtic tradition, and we are extremely excited to be bringing her to Australia for the very first time! Joining her in teaching will be the much-loved Kate Burke; composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer from Trouble in the Kitchen and Kate & Ruth. And the dynamic duo of Pria Schwall-Kearney and Kit Joyce, will be running afternoon electives, including tune-arranging, set-arranging and impromptu kitchen dancing. The daily jam sessions will officially kick off at 5pm – “G & T and tunes” time – and roll on through the evenings.

The weekend starts on Friday evening and ends at midday on Tuesday. Each morning will be focused on tune-writing. After lunch you can take an elective class, or enjoy one of the onsite forest walks, or explore Lorne and the Great Ocean Road, only 15 mins drive away. The weekend finishes with the QuasiTrad Melbourne-Cup Champagne Brunch & Tunes on Tuesday.

We will be based at a secluded retreat in the gorgeous Otway Ranges. Pennyroyal is 2 hours from Melbourne and 1 hour from Geelong. There are 3 cottages on site offering a choice of private or shared rooms, or you can choose to camp by the lake. All meals are provided, except breakfast – each cottage has its own kitchen where you can store your breakfast ingredients, whether you’re in a room or camping.

See the Accommodation page for more details on the options.

Please note numbers for this camp are strictly limited, in order to keep the classes small. Camp places are only confirmed on receipt of payment. Payment plans can be organised on request. We will try to give you your first choice of accommodation, but it will depend on availability.

There are some trade & barter discounts available during the weekend. Offer us a service you think we could do with over the weekend in exchange for a reduced camp fee! Kitchen hands are always appreciated. Or think creatively and send us your proposal! We’ll do our best to schedule all work hours outside of the masterclasses. Email us at info@quasitrad.com


Tuition Cost

  • $310 pp
  • Reduced fee for trade & barter participants (see note above!)

Accommodation Cost

  • Private queen room: $490 pp


  • Shared twin room (no bunks): $390 pp


  • Shared bunk room for 4: $300 pp


  • Camping $240 per adult
  • children under 16:  $120 Food cost only. (camping is free with an adult)
  • Accommodation cost includes lunch, dinner, morning and afternoon tea, and Champagne Brunch on Tuesday.   BYO breakfast (kitchens available in each cottage)

The camp is for instrumentalists who have an interest in developing their tune-writing skills in the celtic tradition.  An interest is more important than ability; you’ll be surprised at your own capability after a long-weekend of immersion! Electives are also offered in concertina, fiddle, button accordion, dance and tune-arranging.  Plus plenty of slow and not-slow evening jams!  The Sunday afternoon concert at Deans Marsh is included in the weekend program, and camp participants won’t need to buy a ticket.

Liz Carroll, Tune-Writing

If you had to nominate an influential celtic composer of our times, chances are Liz Carroll would be on the list. Liz has made a huge contribution to traditional music, with her prolific writing skills and amazing fiddle technique.
Liz Carroll is an Irish fiddler, composer, and recording artist. She is the first Irish-American musician to be nominated for a Grammy, and the first American-born composer honored with the Cumadóir TG4, Ireland’s most significant traditional music prize. Liz has toured as a solo artist and with the Greenfields of America, Trian, as the duo Liz Carroll & John Doyle, String Sisters, and now as a duo with guitarist and pianist Jake Charron (East Pointers). She is featured on fourteen albums and has appeared on many more, and her duet album with Jake Charron, Half Day Road, has recently been released. Liz was born in Chicago of Irish parents, and still lives just outside her hometown. We are extremely excited to welcome Liz to Australia for the very first time. It’s long overdue!

Visit Liz’s website to discover more. Image credit: Suzanne Plunkett

Kate Burke, Tune-Writing

Kate is well known and well-loved as one of Australia’s most influential composers and performers in the Irish genre. Multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer and music producer, Kate is best known for her two decades of experience with Trouble in the Kitchen and Ruth & Kate. She has recently joined forces with Luke Plumb to record arrangements of traditional songs inspired by the 1970’s folk revival. She is also the composer of recent ABC Compass series documentary, “Being Change”. Two of Kate’s albums have been named as Folk Album of the Year by the National Film and Sound Archive, and her two latest releases with Trouble in the Kitchen and Luke Plumb & The Circuit were nominated for the 2018 Age Music Victoria Award for Best Folk/Roots Album. Kate’s warm and generous spirit, along with her list of music accolades, sees her in demand as a teacher, and we are very excited that she can join us for the Tunes Camp this year.

See the Kate and Ruth website to discover more

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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