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WATTLE DAY Celebration

Saturday 3rd September 2022

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.

Each workshop lasts an hour and you can attend as many as you like.

A small charge of $10 for the whole day will help us cover costs for printing and data.
Separate charge of $10/$12 applies for the evening dance - see below.

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10.15am to 11.15am

Tootling with Tin Whistle with Maggie Somerville

The tin whistle is probably 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. Bring a whistle in the key of D.

Tin Whistle Notes

An Introduction to Diatonic Reed Instrumernts  with Don Fraser

Diatonic reed instruments like the harmonica, button accordion and anglo concertina all work in much the same fashion. Understand one and you’ll have a good handle on the others. Bring a C harmonica, one of those cheap little 10 hole ones will do fine. Other instruments welcome.

Introducing Diatonic Instruments
11.30am to 12.30pm

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.

Shanty Songbook

Putting Chords to Tunes with Bill Buttler

A refresher of last year's workshop concentrating on the practical examples of harmonising tunes and songs in major keys. For all chord producing instruments, music reading is not essential. Attendees should be familiar with last year’s material, but a brief recap will be provided.

Chords 101 Notes
Chords 201 Notes
Music scores
12.30pm to 1.00pm
BYO Lunch
1.00pm to 2.00pm

Dance Tunes Workshop with John Tomlin and Trish Williams

John and Trish (aka ‘Fiddle & Squeeze') are enthusiastic players of traditional Australian dance tunes and play a wide range of genres at dances, festivals, busking, concerts etc. including a regular session in Hobart for six years. This is an all-in ‘at speed’ session with handouts to play along with. Includes a brief explanation of the historical background and sources. Tasmanian tunes are a feature this year. Suits reasonably confident dot / chord players so bring your instrument or just come and listen.

Dance Tunes notes and scores

I Got Rhythm, Uke Got Rhythm with Bruce Watson

Whatever your age or musical experience the ukulele is a fabulous way to get into music. Easy to play and so light you can take it anywhere. And it is much more fun and sounds so much more interesting when you can vary the rhythms. Varied rhythms don’t have to be complex to be effective and have impact. Bruce is an expert on this wonderful little instrument and will guide you through some simple but effective ways to bring out the best in the ukulele.

Uke Rhythm Workshop notes
Uke Rhythm Workshop audio file
2.15pm to 3.15pm

Australian Songs Singalong with Ray and Joan Mundy and friends

Enjoy a session of singing traditional and contemporary Australian songs.

Aussie song scores

Slow Session for Fiddlers with Denise Hibbs

Enjoy a session of fiddle tunes at a learning pace led by Denise. A variety of dance forms will be presented and other instruments are welcome to join.

3.30pm to 4.30pm

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.

The Other Spain with Bill Desaily and Ellen Hundley

When we think of Spain, we tend to think of flamenco. In this fascinating session we will explore the enduring Celtic roots which can be found in Northern Spanish and Portuguese music. Bring your instruments, three easy tunes to try.

Galician Tunes
O Son Do Ar Lyrics
Audio files
O Son Do Ar normal tempo
O Son Do Ar slower tempo
Alborada Gallega
4.45pm to 5.45pm


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.
'S ann an Ile music
7.30pm- 9.30pm
In the evening the Blackberry Jam Bush Band will host the monthly Family Bush Dance. The Bush Dance admission is $10 members, $12 general, kids free.

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

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