Traditional Music Workshops

Traditional Music Workshops

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Darwin Community Arts

1 Travers Street

Coconut Grove, NT 0810


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Top End Folk Club proudly presents a monthly series of workshops in the ear learning tradition from a variety of traditional genres.

About this event

Bring your instrument along and enjoy learning something new from a range of traditional music genres and instructors. All workshops begin at 2pm and go until about 3.30pm.

We encourage new players to come along. Please bring your instrument. All are welcome but please note that instructors may only be able to provide advice specific to their main instrument. Sheet music/dots/chord charts will be made available at the end of each workshop. We will also send it electronically through our mailing list.

Please call Melody on 0419 617 782 with any questions and connect with us on social media at or

We thank DCA for providing us with their beautiful space. Please do consider becoming a DCA member - it is only $5 for the year. Join at

Upcoming Workshops

Saturday July 9: Katherine artist and accordionist Jayne Nankivell will lead a special Darwin Val McGinness tune. Don't miss out!

Saturday August 13: Darwin fiddler Jengis Osman will lead us through a Celtic tune.

Saturday September 10: Katherine artist and accordionist Jayne Nankivell is back by popular demand to teach you another beautiful tune from the Celtic tradition.

Saturday October 8: TBC - expressions of interest to teach welcome!

Saturday November 12: TBC - expressions of interest to teach welcome!

Saturday December 10: Melody O'Meara will take you through another Shetland tune on the fiddle. Some accompaniment support will be provided by Richard Grace (banjo/bass).

We would appreciate your RSVP to assist our planning.

Previous workshops

Saturday March 12: Double bass, banjo player and rhythm machine Richard Grace will take you through an American tune.

Saturday April 9: Darwin based guitarist, clarinet player and composer Michael Roseth will teach an Eastern tune with accompaniment.

Saturday May 7: Fiddle player Melody O'Meara offers an opportunity to learn a tune in the Shetland tradition. Bowing for string players will be discussed as well as a little info about the tradition and some of its key players.

Saturday June 11: Lou Elliot will lead a Celtic Polka in A on the fiddle.

COVID protocols

If you are feeling at all sick on the day please stay home, we will not be offended by no-shows!

If the scheduled tutor is feeling unwell, a replacement will be found, or the workshop cancelled. We will endeavour to provide as much notice of any changes as possible and apologise in advance for any inconvenience.

If you (or one of us!) test positive to COVID after attending a workshop, please send a text message to 0419 617 782 so that we can contact all present to advise that someone in the group has tested positive. Personal details of whoever has tested positive will not be shared.

We look forward to making music with you!

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