A self-taught musician on several instruments, Geoff McArthur has performed for many years at venues and festivals around Victoria and interstate. Playing music across a wide variety of genres. In recent years, he has performed at Port Fairy and other festivals with Western Swing outfit The Tequila Mockingbird and Irish traditional quartet Lisnacrieve and recently accompanied renowned Irish fiddler Manus McGuire on his Australian tour. An award-winning song-writer (Australian Song Writers Association 2007, Roddy Read memorial Award 2009), Geoff has also had his songs performed and recorded by several artists.
Since 2006 Geoff has acted as mentor and co-ordinator to the Stars of the Lake project as part of the Koroit Lake School of Celtic Music which has seen over 50 young musicians go on to perform at major festivals around Australia. Acts coming through this project include Tolka, The Cornerhouse Band, Aurea and AMBER.
Geoff’s guitar workshops are aimed at the “advanced beginner” or intermediate player – those who have learned some basic chords and some simple songs and who are looking to take the next step in developing their playing.
Morning sessions will focus on technique and song accompaniment. Afternoon sessions will focus on accompanying traditional tunes.