VICTORIA'S MOST INCLUSIVE MUSIC FESTIVAL
Here's what happened last year. 2021 will look very different, but with the same music magic!
2020 GIRGARRE MOOSIC MUSTER
Tuning up for a brilliant
14th Girgarre Moosic Muster
MAKING MUSIC MAGIC!
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Wednesday to Sunday,
January 8-12, 2020
Tiny dairying township Girgarre is punching way above its weight in bringing brilliant acoustic music-making to locals and visitors alike.
The 14th Girgarre Moosic Muster takes place on January 8-12, offering five days of concerts, dozens of workshops and sessions, continuous jamming and plenty of novelty events.
And all the music is free - which, organisers say, makes it the most affordable and inclusive acoustic event around.
Highlights this year include:
Opening night with The Biggest Bush Band and bush dance
Expanded open mic opportunities due to strong demand
At least 50 workshops, jams and singing opportunities - Workshop program
A big, varied program for ukulele players at their own dedicated venue
Free public evening concerts with leading bands
Topics offered for the first time include a rock ‘n’ roll session, melodic banjo, compiling a performance set list, bodhran (Irish drum), voice skills, using the guitar capo, and a Buddy Holly singalong.
Other workshops are expected to cover tin whistle, double bass, banjo, mandolin, piano accordion, fiddle, guitar, harmonica, blues, playing tunes, auto harp, and song writing.
Music styles range from bluegrass, folk, blues, jazz, country and pop to Celtic and Aussie bush songs, gospel and contemporary music.
Popular features such as the special Jigarre Jammin’ community jam, the impromptu Out of the Hat Band, harmony singing, the hilarious joke competition and the Sunday gospel singalong are all back.
The free kids’ muster, comprising comic characters, music, crafts, poetry and games, is popular with primary schoolchildren. And there’s even free instrument loans for those wanting to try something new.
Continuous informal jams take place throughout the site and around the adjacent camp ground, and everyone is welcome to join in.
“We are all about participation, learning, sharing and enjoying,” said muster director Jan Smith. “Your age and playing level doesn’t matter. We are attracting many leading acoustic bands and it’s a brilliant opportunity to jam all day and all night and learn from the best,” she said.
“As well, we are getting a huge crowd for the free evening concerts who just want to listen, to kick back on a balmy summer’s night with their drinks and nibbles and just take in the sounds.”
The muster began as a couple of musicians supporting the first farmers’ market held in the little community. The market was a way to lift spirits and revenue at the height of the crushing millennium drought 14 years ago.
Girgarre is located between Echuca and Shepparton, a half-hour drive from each town.
The main muster venue is the air-conditioned Girgarre Memorial Hall in Morgan Crescent.
The only charge is for camping at the site but the low fee includes three meals and full use of amenities over the entire muster period.
The highly popular Girgarre market takes place on the Sunday at the site, with visiting bands playing continuously.
The full program will be available when finalised.
For more details:
Muster director Jan Smith: (03) 5854 6283 / 0458 546 283
Workshop coordinator Di Burgmann: 0408 011 634
3 MUSOS AND A BALE OF HAY
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.
ALL AGES AND ALL STAGES
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
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.
RUSHWORTH & DISTRICT COMMUNITY BANK