2023 Tutors

Introducing our line up of talented and generous workshop leaders.

Program Overview

The Turramurra Music Camp, now in its 40th year offers a tried and true format of workshops and activities to connect and celebrate our musical community. We have a great line up of local and interstate tutors who will continue the Turramurra tradition of inclusive instrumental, singing, art and theatre workshops, respecting the old and taking us to new artistic places. And as always lots of opportunities to hang out, swap stories and share music with old and new friends under clear skies and amongst nature.

Whistle and Flute - Allan Evans

Allan hails from Taradale in Central Victoria. He learnt saxophone and music theory at Castlemaine Secondary College and then discovered and taught himself tin whistle, soon after taking up Irish flute and harp under the tutelage of Andy Rigby. 

He now performs with award-winning bands Tolka and Trioc, has recently performed as flute/whistle understudy in the hit Broadway musical Come From Away, and has travelled around Australia and internationally with his music.

Art - Pamela Irving

Pamela Irving has been working as a professional visual artist since 1982. She produces work in bronze, mosaic and, also painting. Her works are held in public and private collections in Australia and Internationally.  Her pubic work includes  much loved Larry La Trobe, the quirky bronze dog in front of the Melbourne Town Hall, and the magnificent mosaic mural on the facade of the Luna Palace Building in Luna Park Melbourne. 

Pamela has led a number Turramurra art workshops in the past, including production of the original Turramurra Banner. She looks forward to creating a new one with this year’s participants.


Intermediate Fiddle - Ewen Baker 

Ewen Baker has recorded violin with many well-‐known musicians over a 30-‐year career including APRA Award winners Archie Roach and Shane Howard, John Schumann (Red Gum), Mary Black, Amy Saunders (Tiddas), Jim Green, Yirrmal, Lisnacrieve, and local Irish group Bulabos .

Ewen was Music Director for Exile: Songs and Tales of Irish Australia, written by Shane Howard, which toured the concert halls of Australia.

His first solo fiddle album, The Inch Before the Saw, showcases his Celtic roots with an array of Australia's best tune backers!

Ukulele - Rose Turtle Ertler

Rose is a musician, composer and community arts facilitator living on pallittorre country in lutruwita/Tasmania.  She plays her all-original, wonky folk songs on a range of instruments, but is currently focusing on baritone ukulele, banjo and piano. She is inspired by everything from string quartets to nude distorted noise artists! 

Rose has performed extensively over the last 30 years+,  both domestically and internationally  and has been a member of bands covering a vast assortment of genres ranging from West Papuan stringband music to performance pop-punk.

She has a knack for arranging songs so players of all levels can participate.

Beginner Fiddle - Cathy Blake

Cathy began playing fiddle at 6 yrs with her family & community orchestras. Then she discovered the folk music world, particularly Irish music, a tradition she has since shared with her own 4 daughters. 

She is now an instrumental violin & viola teacher in Geelong, with a private teaching studio at her home. An award winning performer and contributor to the folk music scene, she performs regularly with the Melbourne Scottish Fiddlers.

Cathy is passionate about encouraging players of all ages and stages on their musical journey. Fiddle class participants will be taught tunes by ear, with sheet music handouts available to take away.

Singing with Spirit - Barry Gilson

Barry is a Wadawurrung man - a storyteller, a singer, a narrator and in 2020 became an award winning poet… winning the Melbourne spoken word poetry event.

He has written the whole second part to the Sovereign Hill show 

“ Aura “ where he sings, narrates and story-tells the history of his people, the Wadawurrung. 

Barry continues to sing at events and in 2022 his band MENINYAN played at Meredith music festival and beyond the valley. He creates songs from Wadawurrung language and engages with people to hear the sounds of long ago. 

Ensemble - Shouse (unplugged!)

Shouse is an electronic music project by Ed Service and Jack Madin. They had a big hit song called Love Tonight, and now they’re international DJs!.

BUT! They are actually two simple musicians from Melbourne, who have been involved in folk and community music their whole lives. Jack’s been going to Turra since birth, and this is Ed’s first time!

Ed and Jack believe in communal music making, singing and dancing as collective joy, and a special form of community making called ‘Communitas’. They cannot wait to lead you all in a grand musical ensemble!

International dance - Terry Cole

Terry is a multi-instrumentalist (and clown) who leads the Footscray Gypsies and encourages spirited dancing! You can also see him swaying and playing in The Royal High Jinx.

Join him in an international dance workshop, where he'll be stealing moves and steps from a variety of cultures. You'll get the body of the dance and repeat it until you get to its soul!

There'll be a scratch band (all welcome) to play the music and sheets with dots for the readers.

Singing - Polly Christie

Polly has extensive experience in all things vocal, with strong academic music & teaching qualifications to boot!. She is a singer and performer, teaches voice, has been musical director to 14 choirs, and artistic director and/or conductor at various festivals and events. She has also co-written and co-directed community arts/choir shows for the Melbourne Fringe Festival

A regular contributor at Turramurra music camp over the years, she is currently music director with The Pollyphonics choir in Woodend, and lead singer in the Kwela Swingsters with her partner Andy Rigby..

Singing with Polly is always a joyful experience!

Beginner Guitar & Music for Preschoolers - Sal Kimber

Born and bred in the mountain valleys of Victoria, Sal’s songwriting is stitched with tales of rivers, wild horses, flood, fire and the strength and vulnerability of the human spirit.  

On guitars, banjo and vocals, Sal performs solo, duos, trios, but most comfortably and most frequently with her band ‘The Rollin Wheel’. Sal has also been a guest on SBS TV show Rockwiz, has supported the likes of Kasey Chambers and The Waifs, and dance-calls regularly around Australia. 

Intermediate Guitar - Jim Green

Jim, a Melbourne guitarist, is inspired by the likes of Ry Cooder, Richard Thompson and Paul Brady. He plays a range of styles from Irish to American roots, but his recent project was Trad Jazz influenced.

He boasts participation in various bands, a few solo albums as well as appearances on other people’s albums. But his main gig for many years has been teaching singing and songwriting in schools. Jim is a lover of the good old fashioned "sing along" and uses his solid guitar style to underpin that. His teaching of intermediate guitar has been called very inclusive and fun!