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WATTLE DAY Celebration

Saturday 4th September 2021

Wattle Day is a day to celebrate all things Australian. To stimulate an interest in music the Victorian Folk Music Club inc is presenting a day of music related workshops and sessions on Saturday 4th September.

Because of the COVID situation, all workshops will now be by Zoom only. Each workshop lasts an hour and you can attend as many as you like.

A small charge of $6 for the whole day will help us cover costs for printing and data.
Separate charge of $8/$10 applies for the evening dance - see below.

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Tootling with Tin Whistle with Maggie Somerville

The tin whistle is perhaps the cheapest musical instrument you will find, and it is pretty easy to play. This workshop will set you on the right track to get a tune out of the penny whistle. Requires a whistle in the key of D.

Download Tin Whistle Notes

Keyboard Accompaniment  with Ellen Hundley

Keyboards come in all shapes and sizes, from those that fit in a school bag to the grand piano. They are the fundamental instrument for constructing chords and accompanying your songs. This workshop will introduce basic accompanying to your music with the keyboard.
Download Keyboard Accompaniment scores

Download sound files
Shepherd's Hey Keyboard
Shepherd's Hey Keyboard with Accordion
South Wind w Fiddle
South Wind w Keyboard
St Anne's Reel Keyboard with Scratchy Fiddles
St Anne's Reel Keyboard

Sea Shanty Singalong with Tony O'Neil and friends

Enjoy a taste of shipboard life with Tony O’Neil and friends, singing rollicking sea songs. Words and music provided.

Download Shanty Songbook

Putting Chords to Tunes with Bill Buttler

Building on last year's introduction, this more advanced workshop will cover how to use all the chords to harmonise tunes and songs in major keys. For all chordal instruments, music reading not essential.
Chords 101 Notes
Chords 201 Notes
Music scores

Ukulele Beach Party Singalong With Don Fraser

Whatever ones age or musical experience the ukulele is a fabulous way to get into music. Easy to play and so light you can take it to the beach. This session will fit you out with some great beachy songs that will have you crooning under the moon. Scores provided. This session will also be webcast.

Download Ukelele Singalong Songbook

Imagine They Are All Naked: The Art of Performing! Bruce Watson

Many of us have the urge to perform, but find the prospect scary. Bruce has been performing his songs across Australia and overseas for over 30 years. He will share his tips for dealing with nerves, playing to your strengths and addressing your weaknesses, stagecraft, building a set, dealing with sound guys, and more!
Download Performing Workshop Notes

Australian Songs Singalong with Ray and Joan Mundy and friends

Enjoy a session of singing traditional and contemporary Australian songs.

Download Aussie song scores

Tasmanian Tunes Workshop with John and Trish

Join John and Trish as they share their repertoire of uniquely Tasmanian dance session tunes. A little bit of history will be thrown in, and notation will be provided for you to add to your own collection.

Tasmanian Dance Tunes

Festive Frolics and Fancies Dance Workshop with Norm Ellis

A fun selection of dances to welcome in the Spring, to delight the seasoned dancer and novice alike. Norm is one of Victoria's leading folk dance callers, and a long time organiser in the Traditional Social Dance Association of Victoria.

Playing Melody For Guitarists with Bill Buttler

Branch out beyond chords. Start learning how to pick out a tune on your guitar just like the fiddlers! For all levels, music reading not essential.

Download Melody on Guitar Notes


Scots Gaelic Folksong Workshop with Linn Phipps

Direct from the UK, Linn will host this workshop on her particular interest, Scots Gaelic folk songs. Linn will teach the lovely Ceilidh song The Eriskay Love Lilt in Scots Gaelic and English. Explanatory materials pre-supplied and no prior knowledge of Gaelic is required.
Eriskay Love Lilt
Eriskay Love Lilt Gaelic

Download sound files
Eriskay LL song LP
Eriskay Love Lilt Gaelic
7.30pm- 9.30pm
In the evening the Blackberry Jam Bush Band will host the monthly Family Bush Dance. The Bush Dance admission is $8 members, $10 general, kids free.

Please direct any enquiries to wattleday@vfmc.org.au .

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Last modified: July 25 2023 18:03.