Date and Time
Sunday, March 23rd, 2014 at 12:00pm
In association with Arts Deloraine
DELORAINE STRINGFEST TASMANIA - 21, 22, 23 March 2014
Luthiers, musicians, collectors and lovers of fine instruments and great music are invited to the inaugural Deloraine StringFest Tasmania in March 2014.
Deloraine is the home of the annual Rotary Tasmanian Craft Fair in November and is recognised as a centre for the arts with many fine crafts-people and artisans living in and around the Meander Valley.
Deloraine StringFest Tasmania (Stringfest) will strengthen the valley’s craft centre identity through celebration of stringed instruments, especially those made in Tasmania or made with Tasmanian woods such as blackwood, huon pine, sassafras and macrocarpa. Tasmania has many fine artisans who create guitars, ukuleles, violins, harps, banjos, lutes and other fine instruments. Tasmanian woods are used Australia-wide and are keenly sought by instrument makers internationally. Australian instruments by both large manufacturers and artisans have achieved international fame, and this is an opportunity for musicians, luthiers and enthusiasts alike to gather, display, sell and discuss their craft and love of instruments.
StringFest will bring together Instrument makers, tone-wood suppliers, musicians, groups and lovers of these fine instruments for displays, jam sessions, concerts and workshops.
Musicians and makers attending StringFest will be invited to hold and attend workshops on playing and making instruments. All types of string music and instrumentation will be represented and will feature nationally recognised Tasmanian recording and performance artists and groups.
Jam sessions and buskers will be encouraged at venues around the Deloraine area and concerts, featuring Tasmanian musicians and Tasmanian instruments, will be staged on the Friday and Saturday nights. Collectors of vintage instruments and associated crafts will also be welcome.
A “Walk of Fame” along the Meander Riverbank will celebrate previous and present Tasmanian musicians who have achieved recognition for performance and recording. The “Walk of Fame” will recognise prominent Tasmanian musicians each year with bronze plaques along a suitable walking track in the town which will eventually become a tourist attraction in its own right.
To present a festival of stringed instruments, showcasing Tasmanian and Australian luthiers, Tasmanian tone-woods and instruments;
To recognise Tasmanian instrumentalists and provide a social gathering for musicians, both professional and amateur;
To highlight the craft of luthiers and the pre-eminence of Tasmanian timbers used world-wide to create quality crafted stringed instruments; and
To provide ongoing recognition of Deloraine as a centre for craft and arts excellence.
StringFest is a non-profit community event auspiced by Arts Deloraine, a non-profit community arts organisation, with any profits being directed back into the community for future events.
Over the three days of StringFest there will be a multiplicity of events, some organised by the Management Committee and others hosted by community groups and business houses.
Management Committee initiatives (some): (subject to council approval)
Friday 21 March - electric concert featuring Tasmanian and Australian musicians and electrified/amplified stringed instruments;
Saturday March 22 - acoustic concert featuring harp, ukelele, violin, guitar, etc. , again with Tasmanian and mainland artists and groups;
Saturday March 22 - “Open Mike” session to be held in the Rotunda on Saturday afternoon;
Sunday 23 March - gathering of ukelele players to be held in the Riverside Park;
A commemorative “Walk of Fame” which will recognise prominent Tasmanian musicians each year with bronze plaques along a suitable walking track in the town will eventually become a tourist attraction in its own right.
The Deloraine and Meander Valley community and businesses will be invited to participate by:
hosting buskers, jam sessions at local venues, workshops with artisans and musicians;
sale of associated items such as commemorative t-shirts, instruments, CDs etc. - items promoting and commemorating StringFest may be sold all year round as promotional and tourist items;
preparation of a video documentary of the events to promote ongoing interest in StringFest ;
aged care facilities to host related activities for the elderly;
schools to host related activities for children;
art competition (painting on instruments);
stringed instrument competitions.
photographic exhibitions (musicians and playing/making instruments); and
Sponsors, grants, donations and volunteers are being sought to help make this first StringFest a success.
Your attendance will help strengthen Deloraine’s and the Meander Valley’s reputation as a centre of excellence for creative arts and crafts and create an event which instrument lovers and musicians will anticipate and participate every year.
Support to Date
A number of prominent musicians have indicated their interest in participating in StringFest with several offering to attend at their own expense. These include Melbourne flamenco guitarist Rowland Schultz (Vikingo De Jerez), Marie Casanova (a demonstrator for several mainland luthiers), Col Joye (guitar and ukulele), Canberra's Graham McDonald (luthier, past Director of the National Folk Festival and author of "The Bouzouki Book"), and nationally recognised music photographer and author John Elliott.
American Guitarist Justin Johnson, hailed by “Guitar World” as a must see act, will be performing and holding workshops, as well as demonstrating locally made Cigar Box Guitars.
Exeter guitar maker Bruce Trappes has donated one of his intricate cigarbox guitars for a raffle to raise funds.
If you would like more information please contact me, see our website, or leave comments on our facebook page
Phone 0437 195 026
118 Emu Bay Road
Facebook: Deloraine StringFest Tasmania