THE 12th Girgarre Moosic Muster is a favourite event on the acoustic circuit, featuring four days of free musical entertainment.
New workshops and increased open mic times are to make this year’s event the best yet, according to director Jan Smith.
Held from January 11-14 at the Girgarre Hall, the muster includes 35 old and new workshops from drumming on the djembe (African drum), singing sea shanties and bowing skills for the violin to adding more elaborate effects to your guitar technique.
Bluegrass, folk, blues, country, pop, gospel and contemporary music also feature, along with free evening public concerts with leading bands on two stages.
The Saturday workshop schedule is full and continuous with jamming throughout the site and adjacent camp ground.
Expert tutors will lead workshops in tin whistle, programming ipads for storing music, mandolin, guitar, piano accordion, banjo, double bass, violin, ukulele, percussion, song writing and more.
The junior muster is popular with school age children and features comic characters, music, crafts, poetry and games.
Beginners or musicians looking for a change also have the opportunity for free instrument loans.
Sure to attract attention will be an orchestral piece by the ‘‘junkstrument’’ players — musicians who have created weird and wonderful instruments from junk, as part of an ongoing funded project based at the Girgarre township.
Another new feature is a big band made up of beginner players.
Music lovers can now arrive on the Thursday, a day earlier than previous years, either to perform or listen to many more impromptu performances.
‘‘We’ve always been about country friendliness and having a go,’’ Jan said. ‘‘We welcome players of all ages and stages and those who just want to listen.
‘‘The muster is a brilliant opportunity to just immerse yourself in music, whatever style you may prefer,’’ she said.
There is a $65 fee for camping at the site, which includes three meals and the full use of amenities over the entire muster period, $35 if you would prefer not to have meals.
All the music performances, workshops and general fun is free of charge.
The highly popular Girgarre market will also take place on the Sunday at the site, with bands playing as well.
The full program is available at girgarre.com.au
■For more information, contact muster director Jan Smith on 5484 6283 or 0458 546 283 or email email@example.com