In 2003 you would not have said that Girgarre had a 'music scene'. Despite this, three musicians setup on a bale of hay at Girgarre's earliest farmers market with twelve locals enjoying the offerings. It was the height of the millennium drought and Girgarre was suffering badly socially and economically. From this day, an idea sprouted and the Moosic Muster's small, but strong, roots were laid. No-one could have imagined the huge success the annual festival would have and the tremendous support it would receive.
The now iconic Girgarre Moosic Muster attracts more than 1500 music lovers and skilled players from city and country, stamping it as a major fixture on Victoria’s acoustic festival circuit. The tutors and bands still work free of charge. For more than a decade, this unique muster has encouraged and taught thousands of beginners how to play music and provided a platform and exposure for many established and emerging musicians, songwriters and bands.
The festival has promoted the personal joys of making your own music, whether your bent is country, folk, blues, traditional Aussie bush songs, bluegrass, Celtic, pop, gospel or more contemporary styles. From the muster has sprung monthly jamming and teaching sessions coined Jigarre Jammin’, which attract up to 70 musicians every month to the township.
The burgeoning Girgarre music scene has also given birth to several new bands who now 'give back' by performing within their own communities in northern and central Victoria. Through it all, the muster has kept its true heart ~ its community base ~ and has never charged an entry fee. It’s arguably the most friendly and affordable acoustic music event in Victoria.
The Girgarre Moosic Muster is a family friendly music festival based on a combination of Bluegrass, Irish, Gospel, Country, Bush and Folk music ~ a little for everybody.
It is a festival with a very strong emphasis placed on participation, whether that be as a performer, a teacher or a learner. Over 40 workshops are run covering a huge range of activities which includes lessons in guitar, banjo, dobro, autoharp, double bass, mandolin, ukulele, bass ukulele, violin, tin whistle, harmonica, singing, songwriting, percussion and poetry. These workshops are tiered to be inclusive, from novices to a gifted musician.
A designated children’s program is also run at the Kindergarten including circus-style fun activities, along with craft, poetry, ukulele and more.
Each muster features free public concerts. Two Friday evening concerts are open to all to participate with open mic and walk~ups. The Saturday evening offers different musical experience. The outdoor concert is held in our beautiful Gargarro Soundshell in our developing botanic gardens. New offerings include old-timey sessions, a jokes competition and a tutorial on getting the best sound from your gig venue.
Sunday morning concerts are continued at the hugely popular Farmers' Market and with a gospel session in the Memorial Hall. The Festival concludes with a walk up concert on Sunday evening. Continuous jamming is encouraged throughout the event and you can even borrow an instrument for free, courtesy of our sponsors.
The muster venue site is the Winter Road Park with on site camping and the air-conditioned Girgarre Hall. Catering is available with food and drinks. Friday night hosts the legendary Sausage Sizzle. Saturday features a two course dinner (bookings essential when registering on site) and Sunday incorporates the popular Girgarre Farmers Market
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A sincere thank you to the generosity of our valued sponsors and supporters who help to make our Music Muster possible. Your contributions are greatly appreciated by our community.
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