Winter Music Workshop

July 3 – 5, 2019

Three fabulous days of music workshops

All classes have limited capacity, so please book early.

Bookings at catherineoflynn560@gmail.com

Phone: 0407 056 126

Student Under 19 – $30/3 day workshop

Adult $60/3 day workshops

PVC Concert Whistle Sessions $45pp – (U18 with adult in attendance)

Luke Plumb

Mandolin & Bouzouki

In this course, Luke will explore these instruments and the way they have been used to play music and songs from the Celtic traditions. From his experience playing and recording with Irish legend Andy Irvine to his years touring the world with Shooglenifty, Luke has a unique perspective on these instruments and the roles they have in these traditions. Students can expect to come away from the classes with a deeper understanding of how to best use the mandolin and bouzouki in their own music.

Kate Burke

Fiddle & Concertina

Kate is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer and music producer with two decades’ experience on the international folk music circuit. Kate has long collaborated with Ruth Hazleton and with the band Trouble in the Kitchen, and has recently joined forces with Luke Plumb to record arrangements of traditional songs inspired by the 1970’s folk revival.

Kate has recorded with many artists including Judy Small and David Ross McDonald (The Waifs), has twice toured Ireland with renowned Irish folk singer Andy Irvine, and has appeared as a vocal soloist at the Sydney Opera House for a season of Bush Babies’ Proms. Kate wrote and performed music for the soundtrack of documentary “Being Change” by filmmaker Toni Houston, which has been broadcast as an episode of ABC’s Compass series.

Two of Kate’s albums have been named as Folk Album of the Year by the National Film and Sound Archive, with two latest releases with Trouble in the Kitchen and Luke Plumb & The Circuit being nominated for the 2018 Age Music Victoria Award for Best Folk/Roots Album.

Geoff McArthur


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.

Claire Patti

Junior Choir & Senior Choir

Claire Patti is a versatile and passionate musician who has carved herself a career as a choral director, performer, arranger and educator. After several years directing choirs of all varieties in schools and in the community, she now freelances as a choral director, taking major choral projects around the state. She directed the Women’s Chorus for the 2018 Melbourne International Singers Festival, and You’re the Voice (for Play It Forward), the Festival of 1000 Voices (Yarrawonga), all featuring choirs from around Victoria. She has toured far and wide with multi-award winning Celtic vocal ensemble Co-cheòl and jazz vocal quartet The Velvetones, of whom she is the musical director. The fun and creative workshops of Co-cheòl and The Velvetones have been met with wild popularity at festivals across the country.

Claire believes that there are fewer greater joys than singing in a choir, and wants everyone to experience the endorphins and friendship that singing with others can bring. She is delighted to leading the choirs at Camperdown this year!

Andy Rigby

PVC Whistle Building Workshop & Harp

Andy Rigby has carved out a unique niche for himself in the world of music. He is one of Australia’s leading designers, makers, players and teachers of the harp, and also makes and plays flutes, whistles and marimbas. A PVC concert whistle building workshop also runs on Friday (additional fee of $45 for Adults and under 18’s $20). The three-day school will have a concert on Friday 5th July where students can perform with their tutors at the Burns School concert.

He teaches these instruments privately and at leading festivals in Australia. Performer, maker and teacher….Three in One!

Merran Moir

Whistles, Bellow Bagpipes, Scottish Country Dancing

Merran grew up in a musical family. She feels fortunate her father, Donald Blair, continued the family tradition of teaching bagpipes to her and her siblings, as well as various other instruments. There was always music of some kind in the house; bringing happy memories of frequent travels for music, performances, and ceilidhs. She actively performs with numerous folk bands, recordings, community music groups, and informal sessions. A music teacher by profession, Merran’s approach is relaxed yet informative.

Donald Blair

Highland Bagpipes

Donald has spent a lifetime teaching bagpipes to anyone who wishes to play. He began learning the bagpipes from his father (Scottish immigrant) at the age of eight. He has continued this passion throughout his entire life and as a result has become well-known in piping circles both in Australia and overseas for not only his playing but his tutoring technique. Recently awarded an OAM for his services to the local and piping community, head along to his workshop to learn more about the intricacies of Scotland’s iconic instrument.

Peter Moir

Pipe Band Drumming

Peter Moir has been a drummer for more than 30 years.  A longstanding member of the Warrnambool Pipe Band, he is committed to the band’s active recruitment and teaching program, as well as playing and competing with the band. He has been a guest player with The Pipe Band Club, and competed with them at a number of competitions in Scotland in 2013, culminating with The World Pipe Band Championships. He co-ordinated and performed with “Drumworx”, a performance group in high demand at Scottish festivals. As his drum workshops are very popular, please register early!