Artists & Program

2020 Tutors & Performers:

Catherine McEVOY (IRE)
Irish flute, whistle
Winner of the TG 4 Musician of the Year 2019, Catherine McEVOY stands out as one of the finest exponents of the North Connacht tradition of flute playing.
Irish fiddle
Winner of Ireland’s Michael Coleman Traditional Fiddle Player of the Year Award, he’s one of Australia’s leading players and makers.
flutes, small pipes
Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia into a music loving family, Chris’ influential work as performer, composer, recording artist, teacher and flute maker has earned him worldwide recognition.
baroque violin, fiddle
Director of the Evergreen Ensemble, Shane has worked with baroque ensembles on some of the most prestigious stages in France, fiddled her way around Ireland and Scotland, and performed and recorded with dozens of top musicians all over Europe.
smallpipes, whistle
Tim is a Vermont-based composer and multi-instrumentalist (chiefly a piper) who enjoys an uncommonly diverse repertoire.  His music spans from contemporary and sacred music to the traditional melodies of the British Isles, Appalachia, Cape Breton, Brittany, and beyond.
Well known across Australia, Andy is one of the leading designers, makers, players and teachers of the harp. His performance interests include most folk traditions involving the harp
singing, harp
An extraordinarily versatile musician, Shelley founded the Santa Cruz Community Music School, where for many years, she ran Celtic music camps for children and teens, maintains a private studio, and presents concerts and workshops with visiting musicians of the highest caliber.
Amazing sessions


Walking tour of historic Queenscliff


What’s On Offer

  • Irish fiddle – all bowed strings welcome including viola, cello, etc
  • Flute – simple system and modern flutes; Irish, Scottish, Quebecois & Cape Breton tunes
  • Baroque & renaissance flute – exploring repertoire & style for art and popular music of the 16th – 18th centuries
  • Whistle – in D
  • Scottish smallpipes – tunes of the British Isles, Appalachia, Cape Breton, Brittany and beyond
  • Harp – Celtic tunes and techniques and ensemble playing
  • Songs & ballads – from the Celtic and North American traditions
  • Boxwood Song Day – Sat 29 Feb – Offering a participatory program of group singing workshops celebrating music and community. It’s the opportunity to learn folksongs of the North Americas & Celtic Isles and 18th century airs, plus enjoy a communal home-cooked lunch and attend the evening concert. It’s perfect for Bellarine residents and visitors who love to sing or discover something different. Sessions will be led by Shelley Phillips, Tim Cummings, Andy Rigby and Chris Norman. Join us for a great day in song! 
  • Celtic Ensemble
  • Baroque Ensemble
  • Sessions
  • Seaside walks
  • Night Walk of Queenscliff – Fri 28 Feb – created & guided by Twisted History Tours, commissioned by Boxwood
  • Annual evening concert – Sat 29 Feb – featuring Boxwood Australia artists & more
  • Local craft beer & wine tastings – (BYO-pot-luck)



Thursday 27 February – participants arrive from 4.30pm, a meal is served around 6.30/7pm, welcome introductions & sessions will follow.

Friday 28 February – workshops in instrument technique, style, repertoire, ensemble & creativity are on offer 9am-5.30pm including lunch served. Discover what Queenscliff has to offer for dinner, then in the evening gather for a guided history walking tour of Queenscliff, with sessions to follow.

Saturday 29 February – instrument workshops are on offer 9am-5.30pm including lunch served. Song Day will run concurrently, with workshops focusing on the joy of singing 9am-4pm. Again explore Queenscliff for dinner before the annual concert at the Town Hall in the evening, with sessions to follow.

Sunday 1 March – workshops in instrument technique & style start at 9am. After lunch is served, 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.

Boxwood Festival Australia 2020 program