Junkestra – the string can orchestra from Girgarre in Northern Victoria
A truly out of this world evening!!”
– Astrid Wiegand, Graeme’s sister in law
Most of the players in the Girgarre Junkestra had never played music before and they range in age from 13 to 84. Each string-can has one guitar string, so six played at once is like an open chord on a guitar. There’s more information about String Cans here.
2018 Gala Performance excerpts..
Doc plays a bike solo
Final rehearsal filmed by Liz Arcus
Junkestra with Line Dancers
Junkestra with Fire Brigade
Harp and Strings
Junkestra with Rushworth Band
Spirit Rising theme excerpt
Des plays Bin Lid Guitar
Junkestra Star on National TV
ABC Backroads, the very popular ABC TV show hosted by Heather Ewart, broadcast an episode on Girgarre in July 2020. The production team were in town the February before gathering footage and stories. GIRGARRE JUNKESTRA were recorded playing a 5 minute version of SPIRIT RISING for the cameras under the baton of Maureen Shepherd.
We had rehearsed and prepared for this while I was there in January. The ensemble are now kicking off the training wheels and continuing their development under their own steam.
Congratulations to all in the group who endured what I understand was a pretty gruelling recording session with eight takes from different camera angles, and a huge thank you to the Backroads team for their caring and detailed work on this project.
Watch the ABC TV Backroads Girgarre episode HERE