Winter Tunes Camp

Friday June 30 – Sunday July 2, 2023.

Details on their way….  below is the info from our 2022 camp.

Join us for tunes, songs and some winter warmth!  Winter Tunes Camp features some of our most talented and popular musicians: Luke Plumb,  Lucy Wise, Khalida de Ridder, Mischa Herman and Adam Purcell. The camp takes place in the small village of Jan Juc, next to Torquay, on Victoria’s stunning Surf Coast.

The camp offers you the chance to improve your celtic repertoire, technique, accompaniment and musicianship, join in the many  jam sessions and dances,  and generally forget about the outside world for a few days!  The camp is perfect for both families and individuals of all ages, and don’t be shy about coming by yourself because you’ll be in good company from the start.

We are very sad to announce that Paddy Fitzgerald won’t be able to join us this year due to ill health.  We wish Paddy and his family all the best, and a speedy recovery.  


What’s on Offer

  • tuition in mandolin
  • tuition in fiddle
  • tuition in whistle and woodwind
  • tuition in singing
  • slow jam sessions
  • songs with tunes in sessions with Lucy and Mischa
  • World Music Ensemble with Luke and Khalida
  • evening jam sessions
  • dance electives
  • ceili dance
  • Tutors’ concert

If you’re wondering about whether your instrument is suitable, get in touch with our Artistic Director, Luke:

Please note: unfortunately we don’t have room for dedicated kids’ classes this year, but interested young players are very welcome to join in the general program.


With an all-star cast of musicians…

Luke Plumb quasitrad camp

Luke Plumb

Artistic Director, mandolin & strings, World Music Ensemble

Luke Plumb needs little in the way of introduction, with his outstanding reputation as musician, teacher, studio producer and composer.  Having been an integral part of cult Scottish band, Shooglenifty for over a decade, Luke’s international reputation as one of our best contemporary folk artists has been well and truly established. Luke Plumb has earned a global reputation as a leading exponent of Celtic mandolin, with his fiery playing and inimitable innovation, and has performed and recorded with the likes of  Andy Irvine and Martin Hayes. Recently he has produced several award-winning albums, notably Housewarming, by the Mae Trio and Declaration by Kate Burke and Ruth Hazleton. Luke is a popular teacher of mandolin, fiddle, bouzouki, accompaniment and arrangement at music camps in the UK, US and Australia.  His accessible teaching style and easy-going friendliness make his classes completely enjoyable!

Khalida de Ridder quasitrad camp

Khalida de Ridder

Fiddle, Strings, World Music Ensemble

Khalida hails from a renowned folk musician family in remote FNQ and is known for her ability to combine virtuosity with a unique soulful elegance in her playing. Khalida has performed in Europe, the UK  and Australia, and is currently with  the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.  Khalida won her first award at just five years of age and has gone on to win a number of international and national folk accolades including the  Junior Australasian Fleadh Fiddle Champion (2003), Golden Fiddle Award (2010), the Chris Wendt award (2006) and the Declan Affley award (2009).  At just fifteen years of age Khalida was a tutor at the national Celtic Southern Cross Summer School and awarded a Junior Cultural Australia Day medal for her contribution to folk music in Australia.  Khalida completed a Doctorate in 2019 at the University of Tasmania.

Mischa Herman quasitrad camp

Mischa Herman

Whistle, Woodwind

Mischa Herman is an accordionist, Irish whistle player, composer, dance caller and sound engineer who has worked in a broad variety of musical settings. Always interested in exploring different genres, he has played with singer-songwriter Lucy Wise, tango quintet Collectivo29 and instrumental folk duo Evan & Mischa.  His playing draws on the traditional music of Ireland, France, and Argentina and evokes the joys of creating and playing new music. Mischa  will be taking out his whistle to teach Irish tunes and ornamentation, and will lead us through some ceili dances in the afternoon. Misha is a popular teacher, with his clear explanations and encouraging manner.   If you’re a bedroom-only whistle player, now is the time to step out!

Lucy Wise quasitrad camp

Lucy Wise

Singing, Technique and Delivery, Songs for Jam Sessions

Lucy Wise is known for her stunning vocals, intricate instrumental playing and poetic lyricism. Lucy is a gifted writer of  folk songs about love, friendships and the environment around us. The evocative imagery and universal themes in Lucy’s songs have won the hearts of listeners from a diverse range of ages and backgrounds She has played many festivals including Sidmouth Music Week (UK), The National Folk Festival (ACT), Port Fairy Folk Festival (VIC) and Woodford Folk Festival (QLD). She has toured three high successful and awarded albums, and has just released her fourth album, Broadbeans.

Lucy Wise quasitrad camp

Adam Purcell and Rachel McIntosh

Dance Electives, Ceili

Adam Purcell and Rachel McIntosh have each been Irish set dancing for 15 years. They have performed with the Sydney Irish Ceili dancers, Melbourne Claddagh and Comhaltas Melbourne. They lead dance classes in Melbourne from time-to-time and have taught workshops at the Trentham Set Dancing Weekend (VIC) and the National Folk Festival (ACT). Adam and Rachel first found Irish set dancing at a regular tunes session in Sydney, and this is reflected in their love for fast set dances and tunes you can dance to. Their workshops focus on making Irish set dancing fun and easy to learn.

Adam is also well-known as the premier photographer for folk events.  See his website Melbourne Ceili Camera for a who’s who of the folk world!

Lucy Wise quasitrad camp

Kate Oleinikov

Melbourne Tune Collection

Local film-maker, Kate Oleinikov, has been recording and collating original trad-style tunes written by local musicians. Melbourne Tune Collection is  dedicated to show-casing our home-grown Victorian trad music and will hopefully see these tunes aired regularly in local sessions alongside the timeless greats from Ireland, Scotland etc. Kate will be at camp with her camera, fiddle, and ear for a good tune!
Youtube Channel: Melbourne Tune Collection


Registration fee: $280pp

Children under 15 who are interested in joining the sessions are free but need to be accompanied by an adult.  Children 15 and over are welcome to come on their own and will need a ticket.  Sadly we are unable to offer a dedicated children’s program this year due to venue limits.

The registration fee covers your participation in the workshops and events of the Winter Tunes Camp.  Accommodation and food (apart from morning tea) is not covered.

In the case of any covid regulations that make Winter Tunes Camp not viable, this fee will be fully refunded.
For accommodation costs, you’ll need to speak directly with the accommodation  provider.

Camp Venues

The camp will be held at the Sports’ Pavillion in Bob Pettitt Reserve, Jan Juc, Victoria.  Book your own accommodation and self-cater or enjoy the local cafes and restaurants.  We’ll organise group bookings for dinners at the Beach Hotel Jan Juc, for anyone who wants to join. 

Call out for volunteers!

Are you a family member or friend of an attendee?  Could you help out for an hour each day?  We need a couple of helpers to help with morning tea and general gofor-ing! Get in contact with Judy if you can:  0422 868 680 or

Accommodation Options

Jan Juc is at the edge of Torquay, with a huge array of accommodation options.   The Jan Juc Caravan Park is right next to Bob Pettitt Reserve, and the RACV Resort is only a few kilometres away.  There are plenty of AirBnB choices, and Torquay has many other motels, hotels and resorts, just 5km down the road.

Food Options

There is a small general store in Jan Juc, and all the major supermarkets are in Torquay.

There are some great cafes at Juc, and we’ll organise some group bookings for dinner, probably at the Pub.  There is no shortage of other cafes and restaurants down the road in Torquay.  

We’ll have morning tea /coffee on offer during the camp at the Sport Pavillion in Bob Pettitt Reserve.

What to bring

  • warm clothes!
  • your instrument / s
  • torch for finding the  venue in the park when it’s dark
  • optional supper to share during the Fri and Sat evening jams
  • BYO drinks for evening jams – fridge and kitchen on site!
  • your own food for meals or plan to eat out – morning tea provided, tea and coffee available all day
  • shoes for walking, if you like walking – the camp is perfectly walkable and Jan Juc has some superb clifftop and beach walks
  • non-rubber soled shoes for dancing advised but not essential
  • optional pub dinner Thursday night at the local Beach Hotel.  Followed by pub jam. Bookings essential (participants will be advised by email just before camp starts)


The camp will offer a range of workshops which you can pick and choose from.  Workshops might be tweaked slightly when bookings are finalised, but here’s an idea:


Camp starts at 2pm
Cricket Room, Bob Pettit Reserve

  • Grand Ice-Breaker Session all together
  • Tutors’ intro
  • World Music Ensemble with Luke & Khalida
    or  Song & Tune arrangement with Lucy and Mischa
  • Optional Dinner at Pub followed by
  • Pub jam


  • Mando & Fiddle  Class or Songs with tunes for sessions
  • Mando or Fiddle or Whistle or Singing Technique Bomb workshops
  • Ceili band practice or Dance workshop
  •  World Music Ensemble or Singers’ Gathering
  • Whistle Class or Dance workshop
  • Slow Jam with tutors
  • Evening jams



  • Mando & Fiddle Class or Whistle Class oSingers’ Gathering
  • World Music Ensemble or Songs with Tunes arrangement
  • Ceili Band rehearsal
  • Tutors’  Concert
  • Ceili Dance
  • Slow Jam with tutors
  • Evening jams



  • Mando & Fiddle & Flute/Whistle & Singing Technique Bombs
  • World Music Ensemble or Song and Tune arrangements for sessions
  • concert prep
  • Grand Finale Camp Concert

Camp ends around 5pm


Here’s a glimpse of what to expect at camp, from two of our previous ones:
Or head to our camp gallery to see more

We look forward to having you at camp.  Please get in touch if you have questions or would like to chat about anything: Judy: 0422 868 680

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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