Reports and Coming Events



Dance the night away with us!

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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It takes more than a flood to put us off our music

Camp weekend 20-22 April 2017

From the Friday night walk-ups to the gospel music in the church, it was all go, all weekend, and all fun!

Friday night’s walk-up concert produced a new crop of performers and friends for JJ and brought some old ones home. Another concert performance on Saturday night sealed it! They will be back!

Graham Leak’s drumming workshop had a hall full of us all doing things we would never have imagined. With a bit of luck, and practice, it will improve our playing (don’t forget to count!) He taught us about conducting and that was interesting and, hopefully, useful as well. It culminated with a performance to start the Saturday night concert. When most of the audience left their seats to take up their drums and percussion instruments, it caused some amusement amongst the now-small audience, but we came back after our performance to enjoy the rest of the concert.

The park was absolutely full of campers, a few of them being free campers. It started raining on Thursday night and stopped for a short while on Friday afternoon, although it started again (close by, in Kyvalley, it totalled 62mm) and caused minor flooding in the park. Some of the people in tents preferred to sleep in their car rather than risk the sodden ground. Other than that, it wasn’t cold and we had a great time and can’t wait for the next one!

Sunday morning and fifteen players led rousing gospel singing for a full church. They asked newcomers to sign their visitors’ book to prove they had had so many people there. A lovely morning tea followed, with as much noise from the chatting as there had been from the singing in the church.

Many thanks to the committee for the organisation of the weekend. A couple of German backpackers who came to the concert and gospel were a bit bemused, but thoroughly entertained, as we all were!

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2017 Moosic Muster round up

With over 30 workshops, wonderful concerts with top artists and sellout crowds attending, this year’s Muster was a super success.  Muster co-coordinator, Jan Smith, was seen around the park all weekend with a smile a mile wide.  Everything went so well.  Years of fine tuning the organisational side of things and the variety and excellent quality workshops paid off handsomely.  Workshop co-coordinator, Di Burgmann, was also over the moon ….1350 happy work shoppers including kids attended the huge variety of workshops and there were 154 camp sites, filled with folk not deterred by the slightly over-warm weather, which just meant glorious evenings for the concerts anyway.  Over the years we’ve learned to  leave the weather gods in peace and accept what comes in that regard.

We must not forget to mention the volunteers who made the weekend possible.  Those who kept the toilets clean and the grounds tidy; the office admin staff who were always patient and helpful; the CFA who did the Friday night catering; the RSL and the local Gourmet Gals, and Bernie Ryan, all volunteers, who provided scones, sandwiches and tea and coffee and the Saturday evening meal. All deserve a huge round of applause for a job well done.

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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