Girgarre Moosic Muster 2017

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.

Photos from our very successful 2017 Muster:

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Girgarre an Acoustic Music Mecca

Making Music Magic!

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Concert Performers – Saturday night

Girgarre Moosic Muster Brochure– all the details!


It gets better every year!

Heaps of extra opportunities to perform, make quirky instruments from recycled junk and improve guitar skills were highlights of the 11th Girgarre Moosic Muster,held Friday to Sunday, January 6-8, 2017.

Our muster  – with all music sessions completely free – is the most affordable and friendly acoustic festival in Victoria.  It is always offering something new.  Missed out on walkups in 2016?  We had venues available for a lot more hours of open mike on the Friday and Sunday, due to high demand.

A “junk orchestra” is in formation – with workshops on building and playing instruments using recycled materials.

As well, a special focus on guitar allowed guitarists to learn many more and different techniques and styles.

Other topics among the 30+ Workshops were banjo, mandolin, ukulele, harmonica, percussion, double bass, violin, harmony singing, song writing, performance skills, musical theory, poetry, storing songs on your iPad, and caring for your instrument.

Again we had our hugely popular 60s singalong and jokes competition, and the Kids’ Muster for primary children.

Whether it’s bluegrass, folk, blues, country, pop, gospel or contemporary music that floats your boat – it’s on offer at the muster.

Want to try something new?  Don’t forget we have instruments for loan at no charge, as a special encouragement for beginners.

Bring your chairs, blankets, nibbles and drinks to sit out on a balmy summer evening and enjoy the free public concerts on two stages on the Friday and Saturday.

We are grateful to the many expert musicians from the region, Melbourne and interstate who donate their time each year to teach and perform for us.

Our Jigarre Jammin’ monthly sessions – an offshoot of the muster – have taught hundreds of people young and old to play through the years.


Girgarre is located between Echuca and Shepparton – a half-hour drive from each – in northern Victoria.  The muster venue is the air-conditioned Girgarre hall and park in Winter Road. 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.


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


Workshop coordinator Di Burgmann: 0408 011 634



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