Ukulele workshops with Shelley Wigley and Chris Carr
Develop your rockstar rhythm hand! Ukulele Zone, Saturday 11 am
Far too often people jump in and learn lots and of chords but can’t seem to make chords sound like ‘music’. This workshop looks at developing your rhythm hand and how improving your timing is so important in turning chords into music.
Learn to Play Ukulele By Ear, Ukulele Zone, Sunday, 11 am
Playing by ear is a very valuable skill that unfortunately often gets looked down upon by some of those ‘notation readers’ who have done “proper book learnin”. Most people don’t know this but ukuleles come pre-loaded with dozens of songs; lets shake your ukulele and see what falls out! Liberate yourself from your song sheets, open your ears and learn to hear the chord changes. Learn how songwriters write and how we can predict what chords will be coming next. Learn bight- sized bits of musical theory. Note: players of non-ukulele instruments probably won’t be shot if they enter this workshop. Playing by ear is a great skill for all of us to develop!
Chris Carr aka Sir Fez has been writing songs and playing in bands since University and was previously a member of 8 piece ukulele ensemble Ukulele Circus and is now a member of Savoir Plunk. Chris is also a well-loved Adelaide ukulele teacher and the proprietor of the Ukulele Trading Co Australia, which provides private, corporate and community ukulele workshop programs and is also an official Kala and Ohana ukulele retailer.
Shelley Wigley is a well-know identity in SA ukulele circles, as both a performer and a leader. Shelley and Chris are playing with Savoir Plunk at the festival this year—a fun loving gag cracking ukulele quintet playing Jazzy Blues. Shelley has previously run ukulele workshops at both Wirrina and the Frances Folk Gathering, and played fiddle at the very first Wirrina Bluegrass Festival in the Irish band Inisheer.
Bluegrass Banjo with Geoff Bridgland
Open Mic Tent, Sunday 9.30 am
Bring your five string and lets talk bluegrass banjo. Regular picker or raw beginner— all are welcome. I’ll make sure you take a few tips and tricks home to work on. And
if you are one of the players in the festival featured bands, come and share your banjo brilliance with everyone!
Geoff Bridgland has been playing bluegrass since he was in the Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys in his garage at home in 1968. Failing to learn from their error, there have been several bands over the years and occasionally several at once. He is known around Australia for his more recent work with Old South Bluegrass Band, and now is playing with Bluegrass Junction who will be performing at the festival this year.
Fiddle Workshop with Trev Warner
Woolshed, Sunday 10 am
Trev is well known for his background of Bluegrass and Country fiddle and banjo. He currently plays with Bluegrass Junction who are a featured band at this years festival.
Fiddle Maintenance with Hugh Gordon
Woolshed, Sunday 11 am
Keep your fiddle in fine fettle. From setup to maintenance and repair, Hugh shows how to take care of your bowed instruments at home. As well as being a fabulous musician who has been part of making this gathering what it is, Hugh has many years experience in giving new life to the abandoned and previously unplayable. We hope that some of his magic will help us get our instruments in the best possible condition. Hugh plays with Tamarisque (Hugh Gordon, Janet Gordon and a revolving range of associates), and is seen in many sessions around festivals in Australia, when he is not building, tinkering or otherwise creating and fixing things.