Lake School-2024




DISCLAIMER Please note – Lake School Committee reserves the right to alter part or all of this program as needs arise to ensure the smooth running of the school and its programs.

We thank you for your support and patience.

EVENT Concert Series



Mark and Lisa McDonnell – House Party

Mark and Lisa McDonnell’s Slow Session and House Parties have been a staple of the Lake School Live for over a decade. Hundreds of players, singers and dancers have joined their daily classes and nightly sessions at The Commercial Hotel, Koroit and The Kirkstall Pub. Join Mark and Lisa as they re-create their famous House Parties

Mark and Lisa’s class will be aired on Zoom and has a practical limit of about 250 participants. The link for this concert will be emailed to ticket holders And don’t forget to check out their tune webpage.

Spud Poets Night, hosted by Colin Driscoll.

This is an opportunity to perform at Lake School Online. Send us a video of your poem! The Spud Poets Night was named after local Koroit identity, Mary Bourke, who wrote The Humble Spud. Sadly Mary passed away aged 94 in March 2020, but you can see a 2009 performance of the poem on you tube at Resident Lake School poet, Colin Driscoll, has taken up the challenge of the Spud Poets Night in recent years, and will be live hosting a concert of your poems from Micky Bourke’s Pub.

For information about where you can submit a video of your poem and details about the format etc Contact


Lake School Tutors Concert and Session,

Join the Lake School Tutors as they take turns at performing some of your favourite songs and tunes. Featuring, Paddy Fitzgerald, Jack Brennan, Ewen Baker, Cora Browne, Maggie Carty, Cathy Blake, Helen Begley, Andy Rigby, Rosie Luby, Merran Moir and Peter Moir. An unscripted and un-rehearsed coming together steamed live. Add your requests and comments on our twitter feed #mylakeschool.


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Send in your songs and performances to be included in the Blackboard Concert, hosted live by Colin Driscoll. For information about where you can submit a video of your performance about the format etc Contact

The link for the Live Streaming of this concert will be emailed to ticket holders.

Stars On The Lake Concert,

The Stars On The Lake program was begun in 2007. A group of young musicians were invited to form a band and were tutored by Ade Kelly, in preparation for forming a band, presenting a concert at Lake School and going on to perform at festivals like Port Fairy, Portarlington and the National in Canberra. Since then over 50 young musicians have been involved, and tutors Peter Daffy and Geoff McArthur have guided the Stars.

Last year, Warrnambool musician, Merran Moir takes over the reins of leading the Stars.

Further details about who comprises the Stars On the Lake will be announced on our Facebook page.



2024 Tutors


Adv. Cathy Blake
Inter Ewen Baker
Beg Cathy
Kids Cathy and Rosie Luby

Adv Ewen Baker
Beg Justin Brady

Harmonica and Vintage beginners
Justin Brady

Adv Jack Brennan
Inter John Corby
Beg John Corby
Kids John Corby and Allan Evans

Adv and Beg Flute Allan Evans

Jack Brennan

Concertina and Lunchtime
Ruth Boylan

Helen Begley

Marie Brouder

Cora Browne

Adv and Beg. Leamon Chambers
Kids Bodhran Peter Moir

James Joyce
Jeremy Meagher

Calm By The Lake
Myra McRae (To Be Confirmed)
Polly Christie

Morning Sing Up
Polly Christie

Colin Driscoll

Kids Program
Elley H and Anne Daffy

Youth Program
Ray Argall

Art Shed
Lucinda Clutterbuck

Beg and Inter Guitar
Patrick Evans

Declan Simpson

PA Workshop
Louey Hesterman

Adv and Beg Cello
Rosie Luby

Irish Breadmaking
Fiona McAlinden

Suzette Herft

Pub Singers
Kevin McCarthy

Slow Session
Mark and Lisa McDonnell

Irish Music and Piano Accordion
Jody Moran

Youth Ensemble
Felix Meagher

Irish language
Eamon Naughton

Harp and Parade Music
Andy Rigby

5 string Banjo
Peter Somerville

Stars On The Lake
Merran Moir

Ewen Baker

Advanced  Fiddle and Mandolin

Ewen Baker is a fiddle and mandolin tutor. Ewen has a relaxed and down-to-earth teaching style that gets the basics of Celtic style across to his students. He has toured extensively with South West Victorian icon singer and songwriter Shane Howard and plays with a number of Celtic music combinations in Melbourne. Ewen has released a solo album, The Inch Before The Saw, and has recently produced Paddy Fitzgerald’s CD – From Clare To Here.

Advanced Fiddle


Cathy Blake      

Intermediate Fiddle and Youth Ensemble

Cathy is an instrumental violin & viola teacher and has a private teaching studio at her home in Geelong. She performs regularly with the Melbourne Scottish Fiddlers, her family, and enjoys sharing tunes, especially at music camps. Cathy is passionate about encouraging fiddler players of all ages and stages on their musical journey. As well as Intermediate Fiddle Cathy will be leading the Youth Ensemble.

Intermediate Fiddle

Youth Ensemble

Rosie Luby     

Beginner Fiddle and Cello  

Rosie is a cellist, fiddler and singer/songwriter. She was one of four recipients of the Stars on the Lake award in 2014 which led to the formation of Beyond High Street, a four-piece ensemble.

In this group Rosie performed at a range of festivals including The Port Fairy Folk Festival, Newstead Live and The National Celtic Festival. In 2015, Rosie recorded on prolific Australian singer/songwriter, Shane Howard’s 13th solo album, Deeper South. She now plays as part of dobro/cello/voice duo, Come Heavy Sleep, with Kier Stevens. Rosie has a great love of music with a particular interest in the traditional Celtic repertoire and is looking forward to working with fellow fiddlers and cellists at the Lake School Online.

Beginners Fiddle Online January 

Cello January 

Jack Brennan

Advanced Whistles and Uilleann Pipes                                                              

Jack Brennan is a veteran of the Irish traditional music scene in Australia and is one of the finest Uilleann pipers and Low whistle players in the country. He has performed at many of the best-known festivals in South Australia and Interstate over the years including Womad, Port Fairy, Woodford, and the Portarlington National Celtic Festival. In 2012 he played with the Shane Howard band as part of Shane’s ‘Other Side of the Rock’ tour. He has worked on film scores and has a number of CDs to his credit. Jack is also a talented reed and pipe maker and is now making Concert D Uilleann Pipes. In 2013 Jack was inducted as a ‘Legend of The Lake’ to recognise his contribution as a tutor with the Koroit Lake School over many years. Jack also plays in the Lake School Legend Band, Lisnacrieve. 

Advanced Tin Whistle  – January 

Merran Moir   

Intermediate Whistle and Stars On The Lake

Merran continues the family piping tradition, and while growing up music was the centre of family life- travelling for performances, competitions and céilidhes. A multi-instrumentalist, she is active in numerous community music groups, sessions and bands, and in 2019, toured Ireland with The National Youth Pipe Band Of Australia, as assistant tutor . A music teacher by profession, Merran’s relaxed approach will ensure students enjoy their whistle classes. Merran is also the Stars On The Lake Tutor for 2021.

Intermediate Whistles Online – January

Stars On The Lake  Concert Thursday January


Beginners Whistle and Irish Session Tunes


Beginners Whistle Online  January

Irish Session Tunes January

Andy Rigby

Flute & Harp

Andy Rigby returns to Lake School again to teach flute and harp online in 2021. Andy is a regular tutor and performer at the annual Turramurra Music Camp (In 2021 being staged in at Easter) and programmer for the Rosewood Music Camp (Strathbogies, September) which went on online in 2020.  Andy was inducted as the 2019 Lake School Legend of the Lake at the Trentham Mechanics Institue Hall. 

Flute  January
Harp  January

Helen Begley

Intermediate Ukulele and Find Your Way Around Folk Guitar     

Helen Begley is a Melbourne based musician. She has appeared in many festivals as a solo artist, with her former band, “Milk”, and in her current incarnation with Penny Larkins in the Good Girl Song Project, “Voyage”. She has written and recorded two solo albums.  Helen has also won several awards for songwriting including the inaugural Melbourne Ukulele Festival Songwriting Award. She plays her songs on guitar, ukulele, banjo and has been described as a “rough angel who writes a mean song.” Helen runs her own music-making business, “Chicks with Picks Melbourne” where she teaches and encourages folk, especially women, to play ukulele, guitar, write songs and participate more broadly in music and song making.

Intermediate ukulele  January

Find You Way Around Folk Guitar January

Peter Moir    


Peter Moir is a Warrnambool based drummer and bodhran player.  He took up drumming as a young adult and took to it like a duck to water, playing in pipe bands here and on tour overseas, as well as immersing himself in the wider Celtic music scene. Over the past 30 years, he has passed on his passion for drumming by tutoring community and school groups. While this is his first year as a Lake School tutor, he has played many a Lake School Session and assisted during bodhran classes. Peter looks forward to adding his own twist to the lessons, and passing on the love for the addictive wee drum.

Bodhran  January

Marie Brouder      


Marie joined the Lake School as dance tutor in 2010 and returns again this year. Marie teaches Irish set dances and sean nos dance, and will be adapting her program for some online fun with a few helpers to demonstrate the sets.  Marie arrived in Melbourne from Ireland in 1988 and brings a wealth of experience and good humour to her teaching. Marie is also our 2014 Legend of the Lake.

Dance  January

Cora Browne          


Cora is a regular performer in many musical line ups around Melbourne, including with fellow Lake School tutors Pat Evans and Ewen Baker as “Play It Martha.” She can also be found treading the boards in several plays written by our own Felix Meagher (Lake School Program Director), including The Man They Call The Banjo, Barry Versus Kelly, and his newest work, Runaway Priest. Cora welcomes you to come along and experience the joy of singing and developing your Celtic repertoire.

Singing  January

Colin Driscoll   

Poetry and Spud Poets Night.

Colin is an Ararat based bush poet who has performed at many festivals and events around Australia. He is a seasoned actor, now performing in Meagher and O’Keeffe’s “The Man They Call The Banjo” and “Barry Versus Kelly”. Colin, who as been leading the Spud Poets Night since 2014, became the Lake School Poetry Workshop tutor in 2016 and his poetry sessions have gone  from strength to strength.

Poetry January

Spud Poets Night  January

Lucinda Clutterbuck.  

Art Shed Youth 

Lucinda, based in Sydney, have been regulars at the Lake School since 2002, and this year we benefit from some of the many online art programs they have developed over the years.  They have described Arts Shed Youth  – An interactive Art Shed with poetry, narrative and story telling culminating in an online newsletter. A black board concert online with text! Performance and hilarity! Participants are encouraged to practice online empathy skills. Lucinda Clutterbuck quotes Faith Jegede as a guide for the artistic direction for Arts Shed, “The pursuit of normality is the ultimate sacrifice of potential.”

Art Shed Youth  January

Paddy Fitzgerald  

Irish Music and CD Launch

Irish accordion player from County Clare who has lived in Melbourne since 1959. Paddy has been active in the Irish music scene for many years and currently leads the sessions at The Last Jar on Wednesday nights in Melbourne. Paddy was inducted as a Legend of The Lake in 2009.
Paddy is also the Session master and will lead the Lake School Tutors Online Concert on January 

Irish Music  Jan 

CD Launch Paddy Fitzgerald

Lake School Tutors Concert Tuesday, January 

Louey Hesterman and Cyril Moran

Louey Hesterman and the Apollo Bay Sound Team have been doing the sound at Lake School for a number of years now, and Louey is The Lake School Committee’s Vice President. In 2019 and 2020 Louey also lead the Lake School PA Workshop where Lake Students were tutored on setting up a PA, use of microphones on stage, and mixing sound.


In 2021 we had the pleasure of receiving a Grant from Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora and Embassy of Ireland to assist the Lake School to promote learning amongst our youth by contributing towards our promotion, resources/printing, and venue hire. The grant was inspired by the energy displayed under the verandah of the IGA and hearing a child say “I want to play like them next year”

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