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An entire orchestra – a “junkestra” –  made from recycled junk may take to the stage at the upcoming Girgarre Moosic Muster, to be held January 6-8, 2017.

Musicians from far and wide are fashioning their “junkstruments” from anything they can find to strum, pluck, blow through, bang or shake.

Call it a musical and environmental hybrid – the  brainchild of Nanneella multi-instrumentalist Peter Gibson.

He’s inviting the public to comb through home cupboards, garages, old garden sheds or workplaces and come up with discarded materials for instruments that can be as wild, woolly and weird as you like.

“We’ve already seen an instrument using wire strung along a broomstick across a biscuit tin, home-made flutes and whistles, and banjos from hubcaps,” says Peter. “Ideally, strings and woodwinds should be able to be tuned as near as possible to the key of C, so that players can jam together. You don’t have to be a musician, though, just have a go.”

Peter points to a lot of examples on the internet, such as a PVC flute with piping left over from landscaping.

He conceived the idea after seeing a whole recycled orchestra from Paraguay on YouTube.  Already the Jigarre Junkestra project has won a special commendation in Campaspe Shire’s 2016 recycling competition.

Now the instruments are scheduled to get their first public airing at the 11th muster in January.

“We’re hoping to have enough junkstruments to form an entire orchestra destined for fame and fortune,’ says Peter.

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

Organisers are fine-tuning the program, which always offers something new.  This time much more time  will be set aside for casual walk-up performances, and there will be a special focus on guitars with eight workshops on guitar alone.

Other new activities cover how to store your songs on an iPad, stagecraft and engaging the audience, first steps as a beginner musician, singing in rounds, and a piano accordion jam.

The muster offers bluegrass, folk, blues, country, pop, gospel and contemporary music, with  free evening public concerts,  a free junior muster for primary children, and even free instrument loans which are a big bonus for beginners.

Muster director Jan Smith described the event as a brilliant opportunity for players to learn and enjoy, whatever their level of ability, with everyone welcome.

“As well, in the evenings we are getting a huge crowd of the public just wanting to kick back on a balmy summer’s night  with their drinks and nibbles and just take in the sounds.”

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

Muster venue is the air-conditioned Girgarre hall and park, 9 Morgan Crescent, Girgarre. Camping at the site incurs a small fee, and food and hot and cold drinks will be available.

The highly popular Girgarre market takes place on the Sunday at the site, with bands playing.


Junkestra project: Peter Gibson on 0438 354 319 or email:

Muster director Jan Smith: (03) 5854 6283 / 0458 546 283


Workshop coordinator Di Burgmann: 0408 011 634





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

 The next one will be 25 February 2017