Muster to be jam-packed

January 13, 2018

A full campsite, a full hall’s worth of music lovers and a full weekend of music — or ‘moosic’ — ahead.

Girgarre is primed and ready to rock at its annual Moosic Muster which will be in full swing today.

Muster organiser Jan Smith was forced to do a double take when she walked into the town’s memorial hall yesterday, for some of the festival’s preliminary events.

She had expected attendance at the all-town jam session to be up this year.

But, not a full house.

The popular event which has witnessed significant growth year by year kicked off yesterday with what might well have been the Goulburn Valley’s best attended open mic session.

‘‘It’s beyond what we hoped for.’’

The ‘walk-up’ session saw anyone with enough courage able to wander up to the hall’s stage, belt out a song or rock out to a classic.

In some instances, complete strangers formed musical groups called hat bands. After names are pulled from a hat, the strangers may find themselves collaborating for a song shortly after meeting each other.

‘‘There’s great demand for these walk-up positions,’’ Ms Smith said.

‘‘You put your name on the list ... the list’s too short of course.’’

An invitation concert was scheduled last night.

But today is when the amps will be turned up to 11.

Forty-two musical workshops are to be held across Girgarre, featuring African drumming, tin whistles, sea shanties and of course the Muster’s tried and tested banjo and ukulele jamming sessions.

The camp site was already full yesterday, with some travelling from interstate to attend this year.

‘‘So much hard work goes in by the volunteers.’’

‘‘There’s really high anticipation as to what it could be,’’ she said of this weekend’s muster.

‘‘It’s pretty special to think people get in their caravan, post a tent, come to our little community, work hard all weekend to make this such a special festival ... all because they love the sense of community it has built.’’

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