Has plenty of rhythm
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
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.