McGregor Music Retreat: Strings

Break into the world of modern strings!

In this performance focused workshop musicians will work on a set of popular songs in order to broaden their performance options. You will be introduced to different string styles including: rock; pop; country; gypsy; Irish and bluegrass.

You will cover broad concepts like improvisation, rhythmic accompaniment and different bowing styles. You will also cover concepts aimed specifically at creating viable modern string musicians such as playing at the end of vocal phrases and creating a string section part in popular music by ear.

About the tutor: Salliana Campbell

Salliana is a freelance multi-instrumentalist performing on 5 String Violin; Nyckelharper; Octave Mandolin; Piano, Hammered Dulcimer; Hurdy Gurdy and Vocals.

Salliana studied at the Qld Conservatorium of Music and since graduating has accumulated a musical resume that most would only dream of. As a performer she was a member of ARIA nominated Australian band Tulipan who won Triple J’s Unearthing the World (1998) and has credits with the likes of: Bernard Fanning; Powderfinger; Grant McLennan; Katie Noonan; Kate Miller-Heidke and more!

Salliana is a regular on the festival circuit, performing at: Woodford Folk Festival; Splendour in the Glass; Byron Bay Blues; Tamworth Country Music Festival; and the North American Folk Alliance just to name a few.

As a composer, Salliana has created orchestral works, soundtracks and string arrangements for: La Boîte; Queensland Theatre Company; various short films/documentaries; Russell Morris; Sheppard and many more independent bands/projects.

In 2018 Salliana will be writing and performing the score for Duck as part of QPAC’s ‘Out of the Box’ festival.


This workshop is a part of the McGregor Music Retreat. A 7-day summer music program built on a framework that can facilitate musicians of varying experience and ages. The program aims to upskill musicians through group instrument lessons, ensembles, industry workshops and performance opportunities.