2020 Tutors

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Tashina and Tristan Clarridge

Fiddles and Cello

Six-time Grand National Fiddle Champion siblings Tashina and Tristan Clarridge are best known as founding members of the innovative chambergrass trio The Bee Eaters, and as the founders and co-directors of the Shasta Music Summit in Mount Shasta, California. They both began their music studies at age two, tracing their musical roots from Bach to bluegrass, Irish, Scottish, Appalachian, oldtime and Texas fiddle music. Raised in a tipi in the mountains of northern California, music was always an i...

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Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse

Song and Guitar

Ancient language, contemporary music, stunning vocals, poignant stories and guitar brilliance. Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse use their music and performances to highlight one of the most beautiful and rare languages on the planet; the Noongar language of the southern corner of Western Australia. As conduits of a fractured past, they have made it their mission to become agitators for a hopeful future, by rewriting the script through song. Because the only way to address intergenerational trauma is...

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Catherine Fraser


Regarded as one of Australia’s most prominent Scottish fiddlers, Catherine is a passionate and emotive performer and composer, who shares her knowledge and expertise tirelessly. Graduating with a Bachelor of Music Teaching from her hometown of Adelaide she has pursued a performance career specialising in the music of her heritage, which continues to inspire her to form new collaborations and projects. She is the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards, notably Champion Fiddler, Kirriemuir,...

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Holly Downes

Double Bass

Holly Downes is an Australian bassist, composer and educator who holds a Bachelor of Music from the Australian National University and was nominated for the Freedman Classical Fellowship in 2014.  As bassist with The String Contingent, she has toured Australia, NZ, UK, Sweden and Finland, playing hundreds of concerts and festivals over the past nine years, simultaneously re-inventing the role of the instrument, showcasing its melodic capabilities and exploring diverse accompaniment textures and ...

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Monique Clare

Cello and Song

Monique Bartkowiak is a contemporary cellist, singer-songwriter and backing vocalist. She performs solo folk-pop as Monique Clare, tours internationally as part of The Maes, and has worked as a session musician for artists including Kate Miller-Heidke, Darol Anger, Hanneke Cassel, Katie Noonan and Eminem. She's a passionate educator and, alongside Lucy Menzies, she runs her own education events under the banner of Tree Folk, with workshops, retreats and camps in the Brisbane area. She's obsessed...

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Michael O’Donnell and Michelle Doyle

Fiddle and Harp

Mickey and Michelle are an Australian harp and fiddle duo, returning from an epic 3000km tour of New Zealand on foot. Michelle’s virtuosic Celtic skills blend seamlessly with Mickey’s wild fiddle improvisations and creamy voice on their debut album ‘A Walking Pace’.

Michelle was born into an incredibly musical family and has been performing professionally from the age of 11. Since then she has gone on to perform with the likes of Paul Kelly, Shane Howard and Fiona Ross. Her compositions are de...

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Chris Stone
co-Director and Fiddle

Chris Stone is an Australian fiddler, composer and educator who holds a BMus from the Australian National University, a Postgrad. Dip. in Music Performance from the Victorian College of the Arts, with a PhD in violin improvisation at the ANU in progress. He began his musical life as a Scottish fiddler, and at the age of 16 travelled to America following the musical call of Alasdair Fraser’s fiddle. While there he met stalwarts of the American acoustic music scene who inspired him to expand his m...

Plus, more Australian and international tutors to be announced soon...

Due to longstanding prior musical commitments, Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas will not be at Stringmania this year. We look forward to welcoming them back for Stringmania 2021.

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Past Tutors


Natalie Haas - Cello (USA)

Alasdair Fraser - Fiddle (USA/Scotland)

Margaret Robertson (Shetland fiddle)

Joe D’Esposito - Fiddle

Parvyn - Kathak dance

Josh Bennett - Sitar/mandolin/guitar

Monique Clare - Cello, voice, songwriting

Emily-Rose Sarkova - Composition/arrangement

Greg Sheehan - Rhythm

Holly Downes - Double bass

Chris Stone – Fiddle


Haas - Cello (USA)

Alasdair Fraser - Fiddle (USA/Scotland)

Jaron Freeman-Fox - Fiddle, viola D'amoré (Canada)

Simon Nyberg - 12-string guitar (Sweden)

Dr Nicholas Ng - Erhu

Jingjing Lu - Guzheng (Chinese harp)

Emily-Rose Sarkova - Tango

Kavisha Mazzella/Lucy Wise - Song

Greg Sheehan - Percussion

Rachel Johnston - Cello

Holly Downes - Double bass

Chris Stone - Fiddle

Graham McLeod - Guitar/slow jam

Michael O'Donnell - General malarkey (jazz/improv.)



Natalie Haas - Cello (USA)

Alasdair Fraser - Fiddle (USA/Scotland)

Adam Sutherland - Fiddle (Scotland)

Mike Bryan - Guitar (Scotland)

Shane Lestideau - Baroque fiddle

Davydd McDonald - Dance

Monique Bartkowiak - Cello/voice

Holly Downes - Double bass

Lucy Wise - Song

Paddy Montgomery - Laouto (lute)

George Vardakis - Lira

Greg Sheehan - Percussion

Chris Stone - Fiddle

Louise Godwin - Cello



Judy Turner - Fiddle

Neil Adam - DADGAD guitar

Natalie Haas - Cello (USA)

Alasdair Fraser - Fiddle (USA/Scotland)

Catriona MacDonald - Fiddle (Shetland)

Timo Alakotila - Piano (Finland)

Cathy Fraser - Fiddle

Gina Williams - Song

Peter Vadiveloo - Percussion

Jenny Thomas - Fiddle/voice

Davyyd Macdonald - Dance

Chris Stone - Fiddle

Holly Downes - Double bass

Monique Bartkowiak - Cello/voice

Michelle Doyle - Harp

Louisa Wise - Fiddle

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