Test Festival


03-06 March 2022

Boxwood returns to beautiful & historic Queenscliff Thursday evening 3 March – Sunday afternoon 6 March 2022 for a weekend of immersion in traditional & early music. Join us for an unforgettable gathering of musical discovery and fun. Click here to register!

‘As a long-time admirer of Chris Norman’s Boxwood festivals, it is an absolute honour to be named guest director in 2022! The thing I love the most about Boxwood is the space it creates for people to take a creative deep-dive into new repertoire, techniques, styles, history and ideas. Our weekend at Queenscliff will be all about bringing together musical traditions both new and old: classic Irish tunes and ‘new trad’, folk songs and vocal workouts, 18th-century airs on fiddle, flute, recorder and harp, as well as a choir open to all. I hope to see you there!’ Shane LESTIDEAUbaroque fiddle


Ado came to Irish traditional music as a teen, captured by a thriving Irish music scene in Canberra in the mid-1990s. From the early days Ado’s style was shaped by local players, as the pull of the session drew him ever deeper into the tunes of Clare and Donegal. As a performer Ado is best known as a member of seminal Aus-Irish trad band Trouble in the Kitchen and trio The Freewheeler. As a teacher, he has been sought-after for workshops at festivals and camps far and wide, including the National Folk Festival’s Easter School and New Zealand’s Ceol Aneas.

Dougal ADAMS

Dougal started out learning the highland pipes at a young age and subsequently became fascinated with Irish traditional music. The transition was cemented by a trip to Ireland in the early 1980s and he has been playing the flute ever since. In 2015 he had the pleasure of recording with long term musical friends Ado Barker and Ben Stephenson which resulted in the release of the CD “ The Freewheeler”. The trio were invited to play at the Strokestown Festival in Ireland in 2016. In addition he has taught the flute at various festivals including the Ceol Aneas festival in New Zealand.

Baroque Flute
Greg Dikmans is an internationally recognised performer of 18th-century flutes, practitioner of historical performance practices and artistic director of the critically acclaimed Elysium Ensemble (elysiumensemble.com). Since 2014 Greg has released four recordings on the UK label Resonus Classics. The latest is a recording of flute concertos by Johann Joachim Quantz. Early Music Review described Greg’s playing as: ‘Exemplary … intelligent and deeply moving.’


Ryan’s creative practice focuses on performing and creating improvisatory & exploratory music, ancient music, traditional music from Eastern Europe, North America, Ireland & Japan, and much more. Regularly performing with a broad variety of arts companies, including a recorder & uilleann pipes duo, Ryan especially loves skill-sharing collaborations with other artists and community musicians. At Boxwood 2022 Ryan will be leading the classes for pipes and whistle participants.


Australia’s legendary harper Andy Rigby started playing Celtic music in 1981 before discovering the harp styles of Paraguay and Ecuador a few years later. Since 1990 he’s been a full-time musician and instrument maker specialising in medieval Gaelic brass-strung harps, Spanish Baroque chromatic harps and other Celtic and Latin harps.

Claire PATTI
Harp, Song

Claire is an award-winning musician with a passion for traditional Irish, Scottish, jazz, baroque and classical music, often intertwining these styles in her music making. A sought-after choral director and educator, her specialty is bringing out the best in singers by creating an environment that is inviting and fun, while extending singers’ vocal ability and musicianship. She is a singer and harpist, and has directed, performed and recorded with a number of Australian ensembles.

What’s On Offer
View the complete program here!
  • Fiddle / violin – traditional Irish, Scottish, Australian and baroque tunes, all bowed strings welcome including viola, cello, etc
  • Flute – traditional Irish, Scottish and baroque styles & tunes – simple system, wooden, baroque and modern flutes welcome
  • Whistle, recorder & Scottish smallpipes – across a variety of styles and improvised settings
  • Harp – Celtic & early tunes and techniques and ensemble playing
  • Songs & ballads – from the Celtic traditions and baroque canon
  • Baroque style & repertoire – open to all instruments
  • Discussion topics
  • Sessions
  • Seaside walks
  • Annual evening concert – featuring Boxwood Australia artists
  • Delicious healthy meals
  • Local craft beer & wine tastings – (BYO-pot-luck)


Test Registration

On-site lodging for 2022 is one person per room, except if you're in a household bubble. We are allowing you to select your room as part of your registration. To do so, please refer to the Whitehall Floor Plan Variations in pricing are based on bedding configurations and possible noise levels from sessions it the evenings. If you're looking for lodging but no rooms are showing as available, please email us about an update or a waitlist - we'll do our best! Prices shown are the nightly room rates per person in AUD. The final price will be calculated as the Nightly Rate multiplied by the Number of Workshop Attendees and Guests, multiplied by the Number of Lodging Nights. Rooms PH1 and PH2 are the two bedrooms available in the Old Pilot House. There is a queen bed in PH1 and two singles that can join to a queen in PH2. This is a luxury option for those looking to treat themselves to a quiet and more private lodging option, including use of the kitchen, sitting area, verandah, garden and shared bathroom. The cost for these are $150 per night for the first person, and $75 per night for each additional person.

For In-Person Full Registrations, including Work-Study options, full payment is due no later than 4 weeks prior to the start of the festival (June 24, 2022). Sea Aires Choir and Boxwood Flute Choir may register up to 2-weeks prior. Cancellations requested 30 days in advance will receive a full refund less a $50 administrative fee. COVID-related cancellation/refund requests will be honored at any date.

A copy of Boxwood’s Covid-safe plan for 2022 is available here. All participants and audience members over the age of 18 are to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a valid medical exemption.