Footscray Gypsies

Footscray Gypsies is a world music community orchestra based in Footscray in the western suburbs of Melbourne. Our repertoire focuses on klezmer, gypsy and balkan music.

The Footscray Gypsies rehearse every second Tuesday night from 6.30 to 9.00pm @


Footscray Hotel
48 Hopkins Street Footscray 

03 9689 1134

click here for a google map.

If you’re having trouble finding it, please call or text me on 0413 128052.

DATES 2015

Every second Tuesday starting 27 Jan 2015.  Email me if you want to double check you’re coming on the right fortnight.

Easy parts are provided for less experienced players by our conductors Terry Cole, Sarah Busuttil and Jen Hawley.  Sometimes all three are at rehearsals and sometimes just one of us, depending on gig and touring schedules. This year expect to mostly see Terry.

footscray gypsies conductors Jen Hawley, Terry Cole, Sarah Busuttil

 Here we are in a photo taken for the Footscray Star in June.

All instruments are welcome. In true gypsy style, our sound is influenced by whatever wonderful array of musicians turn up.  Whatever your instrument is, we’ll find a place for it.

We need a few sensitive percussionists in the group right now, if this might be you, please call me:)

Here we are at the Bigwest Festival on 27 Nov 2011, a great gig!


This is a picture of some of our group taken in May 2011 for the Newport Folk Festival, which we performed at in July 2011.

Fees: $10 per session, pay on the day.
Supper provided.

Bring a music stand, pencil and folder.  Sheet music provided (soon it will be available on the website).

Performances happen from time to time at local festivals and events.  Two performances are organised by the band organisers each year.  Extra performances may happen from time to time as organised by the group itself.

If you have any enquiries please feel free to email me or call me…details in the contact page on this website.

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