On the last Saturday or each month the Woodfordia Traditional Music School invites folks of all skill levels to come together for a jam.

Learn from brilliant musicians about the music, culture and etiquette for playing in a traditional session.

The school was born following the popularity of the Music Camp presented at the Woodford Folk Festival and exists to empower more musicians to confidently claim their seat at the next festival.



2:00pm - 3:30pm Guitar Class
Strum, connect and harmonise
All Folk Instruments Class
Explore the fiddle, mandolin, whistle, banjo, and flute.
3:30pm - 4:30pm All-in Session
Cap off your lesson by blending your new skills with your fellow musicians in a lively ensemble jam.



Alan Kelly

Wander through the rhythmic reverberations of Alan Kelly’s guitar as he masterfully manipulates both standard and DADGAD tunings, summoning the spirit of Dublin with each strum.
The maestro at the heart of Barleyshakes, Alan is a familiar face across the Australian festival landscape, celebrated for his vibrant workshops that blend strings and song.
Dive into the joyous realm of his sessions, where laughter and melodies intertwine, creating unforgettable moments of musical magic.

Kristin Kelly

Melody and journey are alive with Kristin Kelly, whose soul was stirred by the Celtic tunes of Far North Queensland with the beloved bush band Paterson’s Curse.
Her adventure led her to the emerald landscapes of Ireland in the mid-90s, where she became an integral part of the Barleyshakes, with fiddle in hand, dancing across Europe.
With over 25 years of nurturing students, Kristin’s workshops are a deep well of knowledge, celebrating the enduring charm alongside the timeless challenge of the Celtic fiddle.

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Nicole Murray

Playing traditional music from Celtic lands and beyond on flute, whistle, fiddle and English concertina, Nicole has had a successful touring and recording career in folk music for over 20 years in Australia and internationally. Working predominantly with John Thompson in the band Cloudstreet, they completed nine albums, ten tours of the UK, and played in ten countries. She has directed two community choirs in Brisbane for over a decade and might even get you singing with your fiddle.

Jem Dunlop

Well regarded as one of Australia’s finest accompanists of traditional Irish music. An experienced teacher, Jem has delivered guitar workshops at the National Folk Festival, National Celtic Festival, Music Under The Southern Cross, Ceol Anus (NZ), Maleny Celtic Winter School and other festivals around Oz.

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