Rosie Luby shines in Koroit

SOUNDS GOOD: Rosie Luby is the tutor for cello classes at the Lake School of Celtic Music, Song and Dance in Koroit this week. Picture: Anthony Brady

SOUNDS GOOD: Rosie Luby is the tutor for cello classes at the Lake School of Celtic Music, Song and Dance in Koroit this week. Picture: Anthony Brady

ROSIE Luby’s involvement in Koroit’s Lake School of Celtic Music, Song and Dance has come full circle.

Luby is this week in Koroit as the Lake School’s cello tutor, a task she also performed last year.

The talented musician, who also sings and plays guitar, piano, fiddle and mandolin, first came to the Lake School in 2014.

She came to take part in the Stars on the Lake, a program that brings together talented young Celtic musicians. She was recommended for the program by her uncle, Ewen Baker, who was named a Legend of the Lake in 2010.  

Luby teamed with Jen Rowan, Locky Moir and Jasmine Atwa to form the band Beyond High Street.

This combination went on to play at a number of festivals including the Port Fairy Folk Festival, the National Celtic Festival and Newstead Live. While the band is no longer together, Luby has continued to excel in a number of formats.

“The last year I have played a lot of solo shows,” Luby said.

“They have been small venues and it has been a lot of fun. I plan to keep doing shows this year and I’m going back to university in February to finish my music degree.”

Luby, 23, is back living in Melbourne after spending two-and-a-half years living and working in Canberra.

Luby can trace Irish bloodlines through her ancestry and a visit to Ireland is high on her wishlist.

But until Sunday, her focus will be passing on her knowledge to some keen students at the Lake School. And while Luby is in town as a teacher, she is also hoping to learn plenty during her visit to Koroit.

She plans to take DADGAD guitar classes, a class led by her friend and fellow Stars of the Lake graduate, Rhiannon McArthur. 

Luby will also help out at beginner and kids fiddle classes and is looking forward to the night-time sessions at the pubs and other venues around the town.

“I love the sessions, they are such fun to play,” Luby said. “I have been coming to the Port Fairy Folk Festival for 21 years so I have always loved this area.

“Koroit now feels very familiar for me.”