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Deloraine Stringfest

posted 12 Mar 2014, 14:02 by Unknown user


The creative hub of Deloraine will celebrate music and fine craftsmanship with the inaugural Deloraine StringFest Tasmania in the north of the state next month.

To be held March 21-23, StringFest will bring together instrument makers, tone-wood suppliers, musicians, groups and lovers of these fine instruments for displays, jam sessions, busking, concerts and workshops.

Deloraine is home to the acclaimed Tasmanian Craft Fair and StringFest, the brainchild of local artists and business people, is designed to enhance the Meander Valley’s reputation as a centre of creativity and community.

“The idea of a festival of stringed instruments, using Tasmanian timbers and made by Tasmanian luthiers, was born after contact with so many craftspeople and musicians who live in around the Meander Valley and realising that what we have in Tasmania a unique resource, sought by luthiers all over the world, to create the highest quality instruments,” event organiser Nick Weare said.

“Deloraine is already known nationally and internationally as the home of the Tasmanian Craft Fair, with many fine artisans in and around the region. The state is also internationally recognised for its fine timbers, which are used the world over in instrument making.

“As well as a large number of Tasmanian luthiers, during the past few years several well-known interstate luthiers have moved to Tasmania to have access to the timbers.

“So it made perfect sense to have a festival celebrating the important arts of music and instrument making in one of the most creative centres in Australia.”

Musicians and makers will hold and attend workshops. All types of string music and instrumentation will be represented, played by professional and amateur musicians from all over Australia. There will be many free activities throughout the festival, with other events such as workshops incurring a minimal charge.


“I have been getting calls and emails daily from musicians and luthiers from all over Australia who are attending to play, display and just be part of the atmosphere,” Mr Weare said. “There will be luthiers from as far away as Western Australia, and American guitar ‘wizard’ Justin Johnson will be there.”

Other program highlights include a special guest performance by Australian legend Ronnie Burns, and a Cigar Box Guitars concert and workshop with Justin Johnson and Philippe Fourstring. There will be competitions for buskers, painted ukuleles and a photographic competition.

Over the three days of StringFest there will be a range of events, some organised by the Management Committee and others hosted by community groups and business houses.

For further information, or find Deloraine StringFest Tasmania on Facebook.

For further media information please contact:

Linda Weare

P: 0418 128 905

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. Supporters and sponsors include The Meander Valley Council, Events Tasmania, Deloraine Rotary Club, Deloraine and Community Bank, Southern Cross Television, Maton Guitars, Mahalo Ukuleles, Deloraine Lions Club, Mountain View Country Inn, Display Works Australia, Deloraine Creative Studios, Blake’s Manor, Weare Gallery, Barratts Music, Devil Guitars, Deloraine on the Move, Deloraine Showground Markets,  Spirit of Tasmania, The Meander Valley Gazette, Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm, Bonney’s Inn, Tasmanian Trash Transformers, Greg Hall MLC, Dick Adams, Rebecca White MP, Ashgrove Cheese, Deloraine Cleaning and Maintenance, John Phelps, Deloraine Hotel, British Hotel, Deloraine Senior Citizens Club, Meander Valley Dining Experience and  MVFM 96.9.