The next string workshops are happening in Brisbane, just after Woodford Folk Festival on the 3 – 5 January. I’ll be joined by special guest tutors to help you explore a wilder side of string playing, with folk tunes taught by ear, improv exercises, rhythmic accompaniment techniques and more.

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Registering early (before December) will help me to plan more tailored classes for you and potentially book more guest tutors to make it an even more awesome experience.


*These workshops are more geared towards cellists but all string players are welcome!*
Take some time out in the new year to look into a different side of your string playing. Join a community of string players who keep aural traditions alive, push the boundaries of contemporary technique and create their own music.
Learn skills you can use to accompany folk tunes and singer-songwriters, improvise, jam with friends, and expand your creativity.

Classes may involve:

  • Tune learning
  • Improv
  • Rhythmic accompaniments
  • Chordal playing
  • Folk tradition ornaments
  • Jamming skills
  • Singing and playing

Guest tutors
The wonderful Lucy Menzies will be assisting teaching the beginner/intermediate class. She’s a Brisbane local who is actively involved in the Brisbane Celtic Fiddle Club, both performing and teaching tunes and chopping workshops. She is wonderfully generous and patient, and has a lot to share!

More guest tutors to be announced.


3-5 January
Thursday 2-5pm
Friday 10am-3:30pm
Saturday 10am-5pm


Paddington Hall, Brisbane, QLD


$280 Adult
$230 Concession (students and low-income earners)
$150 Work trade (email me if you have a skill to trade)
Go ahead and register if you know you’re coming! As I mentioned, it’ll really help me plan.


Lunches and morning/afternoon teas can be ordered, with dietary requirements taken into account. The deadline for orders and payment is the 20th December.
Payment happens via Paypal, to Include a note about dietary requirements if you have any!
$30 includes three afternoon teas, two morning teas and two lunches.

If you register after this date, or you’d rather self cater, you are welcome to sort your own food. Cafes are within walking distance!


Accommodation is organised by students individually. If you’re working in a small budget, there are two backpackers up the road (Banana Bender Backpackers and Aussieway). The Gambaro Hotel is more up market. There are plenty more options out of walking distance, and plenty on Airbnb in the area.


Monique Clare is an award-winning folk cellist and singer-songwriter, with a passion for education. After graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium, she spent a summer in the USA studying folk traditions and contemporary cello techniques. Teaching and performing has taken her as far as Afghanistan, for a residency as part of The String Contingent, and many folk music camps and festivals back home in Australia. She’s performed with bluegrass fiddle legend Darol Anger, pop artist Kate Miller-Heidke, America-Scottish fiddler Hanneke Cassel, and recently has been touring internationally as part of The Maes (including shows at Orkney Folk Festival and Telluride Bluegrass Festival). She loves collecting experiences to share with her students, building the contemporary and folk string community, and getting as many cellists as possible happily addicted to playing folk.