Reports and Coming Events

Come Campin’ in September 

Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th September. Here’s the info update about the camp weekend, feel free to pass it on to your friends. 

Camping is in around the Hall, not over in the reserve unless it rains too much. It’s a BYO everything weekend; the hall will be open from Friday and we have the use of the BBQ, the kitchen and supper room. There are showers situated by the hall for those of you not familiar with our facilities.

The costs for the weekend are as follows.   If you’re camping, and if you take part in any of the events over the weekend $10 per person covers it. For those coming for Jigarre Jammin’ on Saturday only, entry is $2 and a plate of afternoon tea to share, the usual donation. If you are a local, or not involved in the camp weekend and want to come for the concert Saturday night only, then $5 per person at the door is appreciated.

Thank you for being honest with these small costs, they help us pay for the hall and the use of facilities. Payment on the weekend to Irene.

Friday evening after tea we have a walk up concert. This is your chance to star in front of an appreciative and encouraging audience. Come on, don’t be shy, bring along a piece or maybe two of whatever music floats your boat and we’ll all clap and cheer no matter what. When the walk ups have finished there’ll be a group jam, traditional-style, in a circle. It’s a good idea to bring along a paper lead sheet with a few copies to share as an encouragement to others who may not know the song. Singers are more than welcome too.

Singin’ Up  A Storm – Saturday morning camp weekend On Saturday 22nd September from around 10am to noon there will be a harmony singing session with Di and Irene, both community singing leaders of many years experience with Bella A’Capella choir and the CMV Vocal Nosh program. Everyone is welcome to take part in this, no experience required. A large group of voices singing together sounds just wonderful. Irene and Di are planning some great songs for this and looking forward to seeing many of you and your friends there.

Saturday arvo: usual Jam and workshops- from 1.30- 4pm Do come and join in, camp weekends are wonderful, so friendly with music being the thread binding us together.

Saturday evening: we’ll have a concert with some great local bands.

Sunday:  Over in the Community Church, across the road from the hall, some of the musicians from the camp; anyone who wants to take part is welcome to come over and lead some old time gospel singing for the local congregation and visitors.  The church sets aside it’s usual church service to do this and they provide a rather nice morning tea/brunch afterwards, in appreciation, in the Sunday School. The lead sheets are provided for the musicians and word books for the singers. Need to be there by 9am to set up.


Our Girgarre Muster 2018

  – where all music sessions are completely free of charge –  calls itself the most affordable and friendly acoustic festival in Victoria.

 We offer bluegrass, folk, blues, country, pop, gospel and contemporary music. You can enjoy free evening public concerts on two stages, workshops, continuous jamming, a free junior muster for primary children, and even free instrument loans.

Girgarre, located between Echuca and Shepparton, is a half-hour drive from each.

Muster venue is the air-conditioned Girgarre hall and park in Winter Road. Camping at the site incurs a small fee which 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 bands playing.

The full program including band announcements will be posted here soon.

Girgarre ReViVal artist residency and
World Premiere of the Girgarre Sound Fence!

A big audience, a lovely night, a wonderful Junk Orchestra involving the whole school and performances by some of the bands associated with Jigarre Jammin’ with a sausage sizzle to finish – what more could you ask of a World Premiere?   Some photos from this fabulous premiere in Girgarre:

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Interview conducted for the Girgarre Gazette before the event:

With the first Girgarre ReViVal artist residency drawing to a close, Graeme Leak chatted with the Girgarre Gazette about his time so far and the plans to unveil the first of the town’s permanent sound installations at the Girgarre Primary School.

GG: A lot of people would be surprised that you’d want to come to such a tiny town as Girgarre – what attracted you to be a part of this project?

Graeme: “When I was first approached by representatives from the steering committee, Jan Smith and Carrie Donaldson, they filled me in on some of the community activities so far; the salvaging of the hall, the regular music jamming that has been going on for over a decade, the market, the muster.  I was really taken by the fact that, in the face of adversity Girgarre chose to cheer itself up using music – well, that was enough for me – that was the hook.

Also, the brief mentioned ‘transformation of the town through music and sound’ and in my work over the years I have come to believe in the transformative power of music – from a very practical perspective.”

GG: So tell us a little about what people can expect from the first of your installations.

Graeme: “At this point the working title is the Girgarre Sound Fence. We’re not sure this is the best and final name and welcome suggestions from anyone who has any ideas. But we don’t want to end up with Fencey MacFence Face so I don’t think we’ll have an official naming competition!

Like any musical instrument, people will kind of have to figure out how to play it.  It’s a wire fence with no frets or keys. It’s like a violin or a fretless bass.

The unique thing about this musical instrument is that it is situated in a playground and it borders on a recreation reserve.

The fence will become integral to the Girgarre Primary School playground culture.  We are planting a big musical instrument for kids to play with. They’ll be the caretakers and also the interpreters for visitors.

It’s also going to hum in the wind.  I can’t wait to string it up.”

GG: When will the Sound Fence be unveiled and ready to play?

Graeme: “We are busy preparing for the world premier of the Sound Fence with a concert on Wednesday 17th May at 6pm at the school.  All are welcome to attend. The kids, local groups and myself will present items. In addition to the fence we will also experience gentle chimes, ringing metal instruments, singing, dancing and a junk percussion orchestra.  It will be a roving concert around the school grounds that will finish at the fence.  At the end everyone will be invited to play the fence and to explore its sounds.”

What: The World Premiere of the Girgarre Sound Fence

Where: The Girgarre Primary School

When: Wednesday 17th May

Time: 6.00pm until 7.00pm

Cost: Free

Catering: onsite bbq and refreshments with all funds going toward the Girgarre PS music program

Parking: use the School Road carpark

Entry: audience will assemble at the bike shed outside the kindergarten

NB: in the case of wet weather, the concert WILL go ahead so come prepared with gumboots and wet weather gear.

If you need a seat please bring a folding chair.

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Don’t forget Jigarre Jammin’ each month – Feb to Nov

 The next one will be 26 August 2017

 And there’s also J-Ukes on the 1st, 2nd and sometimes 3rd Wednesday each mon