Boxwood Australia returns 22-25 February 2024 in a roving format. The trio ‘3 SHARP KNIVES’ will present Boxwood style workshops and concerts in four locations across Victoria. Tickets for all workshops and concerts are now available
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Thursday 22 Feb: Goldfields: Clunes – Mulburry Manse
Friday 23 Feb.: Bellarine Peninsula: Queenscliff – St Georges & Uniting Church 
Saturday 24 Feb.: Melbourne: Williamstown Presbyterian Church
Sunday 25 Feb.: Gippsland: Tyers Hall

Our trio 3 SHARP KNIVES comprised of Shane Lestideau – violin, Chris Norman – flutes, pipes, and Rachel Johnston – cello is a dynamic  collaboration exploring traditional music of  Maritime Canada, Scotland, Australia and its roots in the 17th – 19th centuries. 3 Sharp Knives is the name of a great old English tune published in Daniel Wright’s 1715 collection subtitled ‘An Extraordinary Collection of Pleasant and Merry Humours . . .’  – – a fitting description for this trio!  Our workshops and concerts will be all about reconnecting with the Boxwood community in Victoria, and bringing together musical traditions both new and old. I hope you’ll join us!’    – Chris NORMAN

Fiddle, Dance, Song

Shane Lestideau is an Australian fiddler with a passion for old music and even older instruments. Also known for her talents as a baroque violinist, she has made a name for herself by blending folk and historical performance styles together. Shane’s performing career is currently based in Australia where she works regularly with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Evergreen Ensemble and Melbourne Baroque Orchestra. She is passionate about Australian music, commissioning new works from local composers as well as playing from old Australian music collections.

Flute, Whistle, Pipes

Chris’ influential work as performer, composer, recording artist, teacher and flute maker has earned him worldwide recognition. His flute playing has appeared on more than 40 recordings and can be heard featured on numerous Hollywood soundtracks. Chris is founder and director of Boxwood Festivals, inspiring thousands of musicians of all ages. As a flute maker, he brings to bear a discernment forged over a 30-year career to make world-class flutes for traditional, baroque and renaissance music. Chris’ awards and honors include a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal from the Senate of Canada, and a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa in recognition of his artistic achievements and contributions to a worldwide community.


Originally from New Zealand, Rachel played for 7 years as a member of the Australian String Quartet and has become one of Australia’s best-known cellists, performing for audiences across the country as well as in the US, UK, and Europe. She has appeared and taught at many of the country’s leading festivals and collaborated with many great classical artists from Australia and abroad as well as with award winning non-classical artists and recorded commercially for various labels including ABC Classics and Chandos.

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We gratefully acknowledge the support of Canadian Heritage, Culture Ireland, The Robinson Family Trust and all of our community and individual supporters. Thank You!

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