This is a wonderful opportunity to be able to hear one of this country’s deeply informed social commentators discuss and share
insights into his craft of songwriting.
Here’s a chance to find out everything you need to know about the Anglo concertina... how it works, who makes it, how to play tunes
and accompany songs, how to fix things that go wrong.
Gino Lupari (The Rambling Boys)
Undoubtedly Ireland’s most famous, colourful and funny bodhran master, Gino hails from Magherafelt in the north of Ireland. He’s
renowned for his teaching skills – and his cooking. Another jet lag warning here. Play softly.
Singing in New Guinea Pidgin
Let Fred Smith take you on a hilarious crash course in Papua New Guinea Pidgin, teaching the basics of the language by singalong
songs from the region. It’s a vocal workshop and language lesson all in one! Come and sing your way into the heart of this fascinating
culture, and learn enough of the language to get you in and out of trouble on the streets of Rabaul.
Samira Amar (Ghawazee Moon Bellydance)
The Egyptian ghawazee were well-known for their amazing shimmying hips, torso control and beautiful arm movements – not to
mention their finger cymbal playing (experienced dancers, bring your zills)! Come along to this workshop and learn one of the oldest
forms of Egyptian Folkloric Bellydance.
Here is a rare opportunity to attend a workshop by Vin, and you too may become a “tin whistle pest” (the title of an album Vin
produced many years ago). Suitable for beginners
Morris Dance Workshop
Black Joak Morris
Dancing for the minimally graceful! Come along to Black Joak’s workshop to learn how to hit sticks together and wave around hankies
to annoy your audience to their absolute limit. Please wear comfy shoes with grip. All welcome!
Australian Ladies (Part 2)
No Such Thing
This is a continuation of NST’s popular workshop at last year’s Festival presenting and teaching collected tunes from Australian
Gie It Laldie! - Songs of Scotland and the Sea
Rebecca Wright & Donald McKay
Join Rebecca Wright and Donald McKay for a rousing hour of sing-along songs and shanties from Scotland and beyond. Bring a song
to share, or just join the chorus. All welcome!
Presenting and Performing Poetry
A workshop for beginners which offers advice and information regarding selecting, writing, presenting and performing poetry.
English Tunes (for any instrument)
Old Empire Band
Get the heads up on all those great English polkas and hornpipes. Led by members of the famed Old Empire Band, and suitable for
Guitar Accompaniment Workshop
Guy Ghouse & Damian Watkiss (Desert Child) I/A
Both Guy and Damian have performed at countless festivals across Australia and overseas, played for many recording sessions
and have been invited as stand-in session players for many touring acts. The secret? Versatility. Guy and Damian – although an
instrumental act - will talk about and demonstrate developing the art of accompanying singers, techniques used to bring out the best
in THE PERSON YOU ARE ACCOMPANYING - not just your own playing.
Workshop levels indiate the level of expertise required by participants.
L = all levels
B = beginners
I = intermediate
A = advanced
Hosted by Steve Wilson - anyone who plays a
bellowed instrument (concertina, accordion,
melodeon, bandoneon, etc) may join in and
and play a piece
Sat 2:00pm Yuin
Led by members of The Wobbles - bring your
Uke and join the fun or come along to see
what all the fuss is about - you’re bound to
catch the Uke bug!
Sat 7:00pm - Narira
Hosted by Miguel & Dallas (MaD aDaM). A
singing session where everyone gets a turn
and everyone can join in. Bring a song - any
song to share around the circle. Feel more
comfy with an instrument? Bring it along!
Sat 9:00pm - Narira
Program times listed are correct at time of printing.
Program times may be subject to change and updates will be posted at venues or the Festival Office.