Jigarre Jammin’

Girgarre Moosic Muster

Our motto:   Don’t die wishing you’d done it!

Jigarre Jammin’  is a musical phenomenon!

Up to 70 musicians meet in the little township of  Girgarre every month for up to five hours of playing, singing, sharing knowledge,  catching up – and they love every minute of it.

Musos of all ages come from all parts – Bendigo, Echuca, Gunbower, Lockington, Shepparton, Kyabram, Cobram, Yea, Wangaratta, Euroa, you name it – and many of them are late starters. Others have played for years and generously share their skills.  Everyone joins in with an enthusiasm and regularity that must be unique in country Victoria.

Jamming In Girgarre

JJ began when a small bunch of players found the annual Moosic Musters held each January were not enough – they needed music sessions to keep them going month to month. A winning format was devised back then which is still followed –  in fact, it’s been expanded due to demand.

When and where:

We meet on the 4th Saturday at the Girgarre Town Hall, Winter Road, Girgarre (in recess December and January).

Girgarre is a small dairying community located between Echuca and Shepparton.

Format:

  • 10.30am:  A Celtic jam for all the lovers of Irish and Scottish music
  • 11.30am:  A jam for all the fans of Australian bush musicGirgarre Moosic Muster
  • 12.30pm:  BYO lunch in the supper room
  • 1.30pm:     Jigarre Jammin’
    • Arrival, tune up and jam for about 35 minutes, with leaders introducing some new songs
    • Welcome and announcements
    • Workshops
    • Afternoon tea (country-style – it’s huge)
    • Walk-ups
    • Final jam to take us to a 4pm close.

Whenever possible each month we have beginners’ workshops in guitar, mandolin, ukulele, banjo, double bass, violin and blues harmonica, and also an advanced guitar session. It does depend on available tutors and whether anyone is a beginner in that particular instrument.

If you don’t want/need a workshop, you can continue jamming or find a corner with your mates and practise a walk-up number.

A number of musos have found kindred souls and formed bands of their own, large and small, from this process.

Jamming our way
We make it really easy by putting both lyrics and chords up on a screen via a data projector. That way everyone can join in, no matter what their level of expertise or familiarity with the song.

Free instrument hireGirrgare Workshop
Want to try a different instrument? Use our free instrument bank – guitars, mandos, ukes, even a banjo or two. Thanks to donations from Fender and other friends, we have lots to offer.

Cost of all this is a mere $2 per person, and a plate.

And now there’s more – Camp and Sing Weekend.
The first camp-over in 2012 was a total success. Tents and caravans on the reserve next to Girgarre Town Hall, music Friday to Sunday, happy hours, communal meals if you want to, everyone getting to know each other better as we play on into the night, even playing gospel music for the local church on Sunday, if we can get up early enough!  Two camp-overs are held each year, usually in April and September.

NOTE: GIRGARRE TOWN HALL IS ADJACENT TO A DESIGNATED FREE CAMPING SITE. USING IT DURING THE MOOSIC MUSTER IN JANUARY, OR DURING THE SPECIAL MUSICAL CAMPOVER WEEKENDS TWICE A YEAR, ATTRACTS A SMALL FEE AS FOOD AND EXTRA FACILITY USE IS OFFERED.

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