21, 22, 23 March 2014

This will be a great event!

I’ll be there to talk about how we can turn blackwood into an internationally recognised and appreciated tonewood with a Blackwood Growers Cooperative.

Put this weekend in your diary now.

See you there!

Luthiers, musicians, collectors and lovers of fine instruments and great music will gather at 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) is a 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 [AND GROWERS], musicians, groups and lovers of these fine instruments for displays, jam sessions, busking, concerts and workshops.

Musicians and makers attending StringFest will hold and attend workshops on playing and making instruments. All types of string music and instrumentation will be represented played by professional and amateur musicians from all over Australia.

StringFest Aims:

  • 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.

Event Management

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.

StringFest 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.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday – Instrument EXPO   Sports Complex, Little Theatre

Displays by luthiers of Stringed Instruments, displays of collectors instruments, Displays of Tone-woods used in instrument making.  Refreshments will available at the venue. ($5 admission). (Once only charge)


  1. Reblogged this on Tasmanian Blackwood Growers Cooperative and commented:

    Here is the latest program for Stringfest. A great weekend with lots of activities and entertainment. I’ll be there at the Deloraine Community Arts Centre with the other displays by luthiers and tonewood merchants.

    See you there!

    StringFest Program

    Friday March 21

    2PM – 5PM: Deloraine Community Arts Centre – Displays by luthiers, tonewood suppliers Once only entry charge $5 per person children under 13 free
    2PM: Buskers in the Street in Deloraine
    10AM – 4PM: Deloraine Creative Studios: Mahalo Painted Ukulele Art competition and display
    5pm: Little Theatre – Workshop with Mustered Courage $5
    7pm: RSL club – Welcome to StringFest Dinner with Music
    7pm: Senior Citizens Club – Dinner with Guest Artist Hank Koopman
    7pm: Little Theatre – Vikingo De Jerez, Daniel Brauchli, Marie Casanova, Thom Jackson,Lyn Thomas, Rob van der Elst, Justin Johnson $15

    Saturday March 22
    8AM : Farmers Market – Agricorp, 2 Racecourse Dr.
    9AM : St Marks Parish Fair – St Marks Church grounds
    10AM – 4PM: Deloraine Creative Studios: Mahalo Painted Ukulele Art competition and display
    10AM – 5PM: Deloraine Community Arts Centre -Displays by luthiers, tonewood suppliers, etc. Once only entry charge $5 per person children under 13

    10AM -5PM: Buskers in the Street in Deloraine
    `10am: Riverside stage – Breakfast with Ed Tuleja and special guests, Childen’s activities
    10.30am: Little Theatre – Workshop – Daniel Brauchli Free
    Noon: Riverside Rotunda – Open Mic session Free
    Noon: Gallery 9 – Recital/Masterclass – Gareth Koch with Tasmanian Guitar Trio $10
    Noon: Little Theatre – Concert – Phillipe Fourstring $10 1pm: Little Theatre – Concert – Matt Bayes $10
    2pm: Little Theatre – Concert – Justin Johnston $10
    2pm: Gallery 9 – Flamenco concert – Vikingo De Jerez $10
    2pm: Baptist Hall – Circle Dance
    3pm: Little Theatre – Cigar Box Guitar workshop with Justin Johnson $10
    3pm: Senior Citizens Club – Celtic Jam Session
    4pm: Little Theatre – Concert – Matthew Fagan $10
    4pm Gallery 9 – Ukulele workshop – Tom Jackson $5
    5pm: Little Theatre – Special guest appearance Ronnie Burns “Unplugged”. Marie Casanova. Ed Tuleja, Lyn Thomas and more $10
    5pm: Gallery 9 – Rose of Bertrand, Music for Two Viols Free
    5.30 pm Senior Citizens Club – Concert – As the Crow Flies- Hobart Old Time String Band $10
    7.30pm: The Community Complex, Alveston Drive – Concert hosted by the Meander Valley Council featuring Melbourne band Mustered Courage $15
    9pm: Little Theatre – Concert – Matthew Fagan, Matt Bayes, Tasmanian Guitar Trio with Gareth Koch, Philippe Fourstring, Justin Johnson $15

    Sunday March 23
    10AM – 4PM Deloraine Creative Studios: Mahalo Painted Ukulele Art competition and display
    10AM – 3PM: Deloraine Community Arts Centre – Displays by luthiers, tonewood suppliers, etc. Once only entry charge $5 per person children under 13 free
    10AM – 3PM: Buskers In the Street in Deloraine
    9am: Riverside stage – Musical Breakfast, Food vans, Children’s activities, Free
    10am Deloraine Creative Studios – Seminar – The future of Tasmanian fine timbers and tonewoods.
    11am: Little Theatre – Wayne Appleby – Workshop – History of the Steel Guitar $5
    11am: Rotunda – Children’s Ukulele Workshop with Thom Jackson Free
    Noon: Riverside Park – gathering of ukulele players (ukuleles will be available for sale) Free
    1pm: Little Theatre – Concert – Jean Stafford $15
    2pm: Senior Citizens Club – Celtic Jam Session
    3pm: Little Theatre – Farewell Concert., As the Crow Flies, Vikingo De Jerez, Lyn Thomas, Philippe Fourstring, Justin Johnson $15

    *Subject to Change

    The raffle for Maton Concert Ukulele signed by Tommy Emmanuel, with road case, valued at $1000 will be drawn at the Ukulele concert – 12 Noon Sunday – Rotunda.
    Tickets at the Little Theatre foyer – $5 or 5 for $20

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