Camp Background

Stringmania follows in the tradition of popular and influential music camps run by Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser such as Valley of the Moon and Sierra Fiddle Camp in the USA, Crisol de Cuerda in Spain and Skye Fiddle Camp in Scotland. These camps also feature highly sought after cellist, Natalie Haas.

Stringmania aims to nurture the development and connection of our multicultural voices as Australian people and musicians. We will be looking deeply into our rich and diverse music and dance heritage, exploring musical identities, and looking forwards to the future of vernacular string playing in Australia. Stringmania is a camp for people who seek personal, musical and cultural enrichment through the support of an open minded, vibrant and inclusive community. 

Stringmania Camp began in 2016 as the brain child of Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club (MSFC) founder Judy Turner and celebrated Scottish fiddler and co-Artistic Director Alasdair Fraser. It ran for four years as a collaboration between the MSFC and Alasdair Fraser. Stringmania Australia Inc. is now a not-for-profit in its own right and is running independently for the first time in 2020, representing an exciting new chapter for the camp. Stringmania is privileged to have enjoyed the support of the MSFC over the past four years. We sincerely thank them and look forward to continued friendship and collaboration into the future. Check out upcoming MSFC events, latest recordings and how to join at

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The Camp Aims To:

  1. Promote the appreciation and enjoyment of music-making and dance across a range of traditional and contemporary genres with an explicit but not exclusive focus on Scottish music and the wider Scottish diaspora.

  2. To foster learning opportunities in the aural tradition for musicians of all levels with high-calibre tutors from Australia and around the world.

  3. Provide camp participants with opportunities to learn skills which add to their playing enjoyment and give them a new perspective on making music.

  4. Provide performance opportunities for camp participants and tutors both within the camp and public domain, thereby promoting The Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club (MSFC), Scottish musical traditions and other genres within the wider community as well as within the camp and MSFC membership.


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Meet The Committee

Alasdair Fraser

Artistic Direction

Chris Stone

Artistic Direction

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Melody O'Meara


Shirley Hunter


Sue Darby-O'Leary

Camp Logistics and Secretary

Kate O'Leary

Social Media and Bar Manager

Amy Young

Promotions and Fundraising

Ruth Wise

Taking a break in 2020 - we thank Ruth for her work and time!

Tim Carter

Taking a break in 2020 - we thank Tim for his work and time!

Contact Us

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Stringmania Australia Inc. acknowledges the traditional custodianship of Country across Australia and the Torres Strait Islands. We acknowledge the Wurundjeri as traditional custodians of the land upon which our Camp takes place. We honour and respect their ongoing cultural and spiritual connection to Country and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.