19-21 March 2021

*** PLEASE NOTE: Our plans for Boxwood Australia have been postponed from the original dates of 19-21 February, to new dates of 19-21 March 2021. All arrangements remain in place and registrations remain open. All registrants booked for February have received an email directly about transferring their registration. Two Live Artist Huddles will continue to take place on Sat 20th & Sun 21st Feb at 9.30am AEST – see information below.

Boxwood returns to beautiful & historic Queenscliff Friday evening 19 March – Sunday afternoon 21 March 2021 for a weekend of immersion in traditional & early music. Join us for an unforgettable gathering of musical discovery and fun. Our guest artists and tutors for the weekend include:

Irish flute & whistle

Máirtín comes from a Gaeltacht area of Ireland
Tourmakeady, Mayo, Ireland; born into a musical family spanning generations and has continued the tradition of Mayo music. His punchy, rhythmic style reflects the music of west Mayo whilst encompassing a modern and fresh outlook.
Maggie CARTY
Irish songs, banjo, whistle

Maggie Carty was brought up in a musical family spanning generations in the west of Ireland. She has performed at some of the most prestigious festivals in Europe, North America, and Australia. Since her arrival in Australia, she has performed at various concert venues across VIC and NSW.
baroque & Breton fiddle

Shane is a musician with a variety of experiences gathered over nearly every continent of the globe. Fortunate enough to have aquired a parallel education in both Classical and Traditional Irish and Scottish music in Australia, she has gone on to found and direct The Evergreen Ensemble based in Geelong, VIC
harp, instrument making

Andy is one of Australia’s leading makers, players and teachers of the folk harp. Beginning with Celtic harp in 1981, he was later drawn to the vibrant Latin American styles, and has added some of his own music to the repertoire. Andy makes harps to order in a hybrid “Paraceltic” style in his workshop in Central Victoria.
Irish fiddle

Aifric is a fiddler originally from Celbridge, on the River Liffey in County Kildare with a keen interest in searching out rare older tunes. She’s recorded, and frequently plays with concertina player Ciaran O’Grady. When not making music Aifric is a Melbourne-based practicing GP, and CEO of telehealth provider Qocter.
trad & early flutes
(attending remotely)

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. He makes world-class flutes for traditional & baroque music.
Coral REID
English fiddle, event staff
Coral has a degree in folk music from Newcastle University (UK), and is a specialist in English traditional music and dance along with Celtic styles.
Breton Dancing
Shane Lestideau will be leading classes in Breton tunes and dances. Learn beautiful tunes and square the circle by feeling and expressing the dance with your whole body.
Artist Huddles via Zoom
A selected class each day will be shared as a Boxwood Artist Huddle, available worldwide as part of Boxwood’s ongoing series. Details available by Feb 1 on the forthcoming schedule.
What’s On Offer
  • Irish, Breton & English fiddle – all bowed strings welcome including viola, cello, etc
  • Flute – simple system and modern flutes; Irish, Scottish, Quebecois & Cape Breton tunes
  • Whistle – in D
  • Baroque style & repertoire – open to all instruments
  • Tenor banjo – Irish tunes, technique, and back-up
  • Harp – Celtic tunes and techniques and ensemble playing
  • Songs & ballads – from the Celtic and North American traditions
  • Boxwood Song Workshop – Sat 20 Feb 2.30-4pm at Queenscliff Town Hall – Offering a participatory class of group singing celebrating music and community. It’s the opportunity to learn folksongs of the North Americas or Celtic Isles and attend the evening concert. It’s perfect for Bellarine residents and visitors who love to sing or discover something different.
  • Discussion topics
  • Sessions
  • Seaside walks
  • Annual evening concert – Sat 20 Feb – featuring Boxwood Australia artists
  • Local craft beer & wine tastings – (BYO-pot-luck)

See the full program Here

Friday 19 March – Participants arrive from 4.30pm, evening meal available at local restaurant Circa 1902, welcome introductions & sessions will follow.

Saturday 20 March – Instrument & song workshops are on offer 9am-5.30pm including lunch served. Explore what Queenscliff has to offer for a byo dinner at the annual evening concert at the Town Hall, with sessions to follow.

Sunday 21 March – Workshops in instrument technique & style start at 9am. We wrap out the weekend with final workshops before kicking back at Circa 1902 for a final session and a farewell drink in the afternoon.

Online Artist Huddles – We’re pleased to offer two special live-stream Artist Huddles open to all during the weekend. Links and further information will be posted here several days in advance. For now, mark your calendars.

Shane Lestideau – baroque & Breton fiddle
Saturday 20 February, 2021
Time: 09:30 AM Melbourne AEDT (UTC +11) 
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Máirtín Staunton – Irish flute & whistle
Sunday 21 February, 2021
Time: 09:30 AM Melbourne AEDT (UTC +11) 
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Boxwood Australia is a magical experience with very limited enrollment and small class sizes, so early registration is advised. Our venues for classes include the historic Whitehall Guesthouse, the Old Pilot House, the Old School House, Queenscliff Town Hall and on-line content as well, all in the heart of Queenscliff just a short stroll to the waterfront. While the weekend emphasizes the fiddle, flutes, whistles, harps, movement, song and banjo, the program will suit those with basic playing experience and up, caters to a wide range of ability, and is designed to challenge as well as inspire. Limited lodging is available on-site with individual bedrooms and shared bathrooms.

Cancellations – Given the evolving situation with COVID-19, Boxwood will provide a full refund to those who have paid, but need to subsequently cancel due to restrictions or concerns related to the pandemic.