Winter Tunes Camp

July 7 – 11, 2021, Marlo, East Gippsland

(for participants only)

Join us for tunes and songs around the pub fire!  Winter Tunes Camp features some of our most talented and popular musicians: Luke Plumb, Paddy Fitzgerald, Lucy Wise, Mischa Herman and Khalida de Ridder.  The camp takes place in picturesque Far East Gippsland (Victoria), on the coast,  at the mouth of the Snowy River.

The camp offers you the chance to improve your celtic repertoire, technique, accompaniment and musicianship, join in the many pub  jam sessions, 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.

String and woodwind players, accompanists (eg keyboard players, guitarists) and singers –  this is for you!  If you’re wondering about whether your instrument is suitable, get in touch with our Artistic Director, Luke:

Please note: We are working within current Victorian restrictions to host the camp, and will break the camp into smaller groups – mini camps within a camp – if necessary. We will still be close to each other, while adhering to whatever the current limits on gathering sizes will be.

Kids’ Mini Camp Saturday  July 10 2 – 4pm at Marlo Hotel.  Especially (but not only) for East Gippsland budding musicians  to try out folk music.  $15. All instruments welcome, adults welcome too!  Have a look at a kids’ workshop we ran during the summer holidays to give you an idea of what to expect.

This event is part of the East Gippsland Winter Festival.  The festival runs from June 19 to July 11, 2021, and offers a magical side to winter  celebrating local food, wine and art, and including events like light shows throughout the small villages, ice-carving, star-gazing and craft projects.  Finishing in grand style, of course, with the Winter Tunes Camp!  It’s the place to be this winter!

With an all-star cast of musicians…

Luke Plumb quasitrad camp

Luke Plumb

Artistic Director, strings, accompaniment

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 makes his classes completely enjoyable!



Paddy Fitzgerald quasitrad camp

Paddy Fitzgerald

Irish repertoire, playing for ceili-dancing

What a great privilege to have Paddy at the Winter Tunes Camp! Originally from County Clare, Paddy has lived in Melbourne since 1959, and has been largely responsible for the Irish music scene in Melbourne and beyond. Paddy has been leading jam sessions and dance bands for decades, and inspired countless musicians.   A true custodian of Irish traditional music, Paddy reveals the beauty of traditional tunes and how to make them “dance”! Paddy has a huge smile and welcome for all players and is as charismatic as his music.  We are lucky to have him in Victoria, and even luckier to have him at camp! A class with Paddy is a must for any trad musician.

Paddy is the current session leader at The Last Jar pub, Melbourne, Wednesday nights.
Listen to an interview with Paddy by the Blarney Pilgrims

Lucy Wise quasitrad camp

Lucy Wise

Singing, song-craft

Lucy Wise’s whimsical contemporary folk music has won the hearts of audiences across Australia, NZ, the USA and the UK. Her albums have earned awards and accolades across the country, with her warm, stunningly pure voice accompanied by  guitar, ukulele and Appalachian dulcimer,  and honest, insightful lyrics   Lucy has taught workshops on songwriting and instrumental playing at camps, schools and conferences across Australia, and also teaches private lessons. Lucy is currently recording her fourth album, to be released in 2022.
Here’s a snippet of Lucy’s teaching, from  a QuasiTrad online workshop last year


Khalida de Ridder quasitrad camp

Khalida de Ridder


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

Woodwind, ceili dance

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!


Individuals:  $275   Families: $660

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.  The camp will be postponed to a later time, rather than moved online. All camp venues are fully compliant with current government regulations.

Camp Venues

Winter Tunes HQ is the Marlo Hotel.  We have the back section of the bistro – complete with log fire and sheltered deck overlooking the coast – to ourselves.  This is our main communal area.  We will also be running workshops at the Angling Club and  the CFA  – both a short walk from the pub – and The Bungalow at Marlo Hotel.

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 lock/unlock the venues each day, and set up morning tea. Get in contact with Judy if you can:  0422 868 680 or

Accommodation Options

Marlo is a small village that is easy to walk around.  The Marlo Hotel is the main camp hub and has some lovely ensuite rooms.  The next closest accommodation is right opposite, Marlo Caravan Park and Motel.  There is also another caravan park, only 10 mins walk away, Marlo Ocean Views Caravan Park.  Tabbara Lodge offers self-contained units. There are plenty of airBnB’s as well; Marlo is a coastal town full of holiday accommodation!  Try the Travel Victoria Marlo site for more options.

Check your accommodation venue for refunds in the case of covid restrictions.

Food Options

There is a small general store in town, but it’s better to stock up on groceries at Orbost, 15 mins drive away.

The only food venues in town are the Marlo Hotel, and  a take-away shop  The pub is offering us a discounted price for a light lunch each day (or order from the menu), and we will have communal tables reserved each night to dine together, for anyone who’d like a pub meal in the evening.  The food at the Marlo Pub is delicious – very highly recommended!

The jam sessions each evening will happen in the pub after dinner, from around 8pm.  You are more than welcome to self-cater and join the pub sessions at any time.

Check your accommodation options for breakfast.  We’ll have morning tea /coffee on offer during the morning workshops in all venues.

Please BYO coffee cup to class for morning tea (and wash it afterwards!)  The back-up cups are disposable ones!

Instrument Security

The bistro at Marlo Hotel will be open to the general public as well as Winter Tunes Camp, so you will need to take responsibility for your instrument. The other venues can be locked up in between classes.  There is a small office we are using behind our pub HQ that can be locked, and you are welcome to leave your instrument here, if your class venue is the bistro.

In general Marlo is free of crime, being such a small town, so take precautions, but don’t worry excessively!


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:

Morning Sessions

Lucy Wise –   voice, guitar, uke

Telling the story of a song: how to engage with the song itself and ways to improve the use of your voice to best support the song.
Singing with accompaniment: how to work with instruments (guitar and uke), played by yourself or someone else to craft your own version of the song.

Mischa Herman – tin whistle, flute, woodwind

Exploring ornamentation and variation for the whistle family in Trad music.
Exploring repertoire based technique for the whistle family.

Khalida de Ridder – fiddle, strings

Exploring ornamentation and variation for the fiddle in Trad music.
Exploring repertoire based technique for the fiddle family.

Luke Plumb – mandolin family, tenor banjo

Exploring technique, ornamentation and variation in melody playing for the mandolin family in Trad music.
Ways to support the tune – accompaniment, harmony etc for the mandolin family in Trad music.

Paddy Fitzgerald – open to all instruments

Traditional Irish tunes

Afternoon Sessions

Camp Choir: large ensemble singing with Lucy and Mischa.

Small ensemble singing: craft a song arrangement with Lucy and Luke

Camp Ceilidh Band: with Paddy

World Music Ensemble: with Khalida and Luke

Not-just-Kids’-Mini Camp: Saturday, July 10, 2pm – 4pm:
All instruments welcome.  Adults also welcome!  A chance to sample the world of folk music and song, and how to start playing by ear.
Especially for East Gippsland budding musicians (of all ages!)

Here’s a glimpse of what to expect at camp, from two of our previous ones:

We look forward to having you at Marlo with us.  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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