Has plenty of rhythm

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A ‘JUNKESTRA’, not an orchestra, will be tak­ing cen­tre stage at the Gir­garre Moosic Muster from Fri­day to Sun­day.

It will fea­ture mu­si­cians play­ing mu­si­cal in­stru­ments made out of junk (junkstru­ments).

It’s the brain­child of Nan­neella farmer and mul­ti­in­stru­men­tal­ist Peter Gibson who is now invit­ing peo­ple to search their cup­boards, garages, old gar­den sheds or work­places and find ma­te­ri­als to make their very own in­stru­ment.

‘‘We’ve al­ready seen an in­stru­ment us­ing wire strung along a broom­stick across a bis­cuit tin, home-made flutes and whis­tles, and ban­jos from hub­caps,” Mr Gibson said.

‘‘Ide­ally the strings and wood­winds should be able to be tuned as near as pos­si­ble to the key of C, so that play­ers can jam to­gether. But you don’t have to be a mu­si­cian to make it all work, you just have to have a go.’’

Mr Gibson said he came across the idea af­ter see­ing a re­cy­cled orchestra from Paraguay on YouTube.

And al­ready the idea seems to have paid off for the fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers. The Ji­garre Junkestra project won a com­men­da­tion in Cam­paspe Shire’s 2016 re­cy­cling com­pe­ti­tion.

The in­stru­ments are sched- uled to get their first pub­lic air­ing at the 11th muster in Jan­uary.

‘‘We’re hop­ing to have enough junkstru­ments to form an en­tire orchestra des­tined for fame and for­tune,’’ Mr Gibson said.

A free event, the Gir­garre muster calls it­self the most af­ford­able and friendly acous­tic fes­ti­val in Vic­to­ria.

This year there will be more time set aside for ca­sual walkup per­for­mances, as well as a spe­cial fo­cus on guitars with eight work­shops on gui­tar alone.

Muster mu­sic cov­ers a broad range of gen­res, in­clud­ing blue­grass, folk, blues, coun­try, pop, gospel and con­tem­po­rary mu­sic.

There will be free evening pub­lic con­certs, a free ju­nior muster for pri­mary chil­dren and free in­stru­ment loans.

The muster is at the air­con­di­tioned Gir­garre hall and park, 9 Mor­gan Cres­cent, Gir­garre. Camp­ing is avail­able for a small fee, as are food and hot and cold drinks.

On Sun­day, the Gir­garre mar­ket will be at the site with bands play­ing.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit http://gir­garre.com.au

Junkestra

Nan­neella farmer Peter Gibson, left, will launch his cre­ation, a group of mu­si­cians play­ing in­stru­ments made from junk at this week­end’s Gir­garre Moosic Muster.

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