Jo has attended Woodfordia events since its inception over 2 decades ago. Each year she captures many unique magical moments, as entertainers and visitors alike are free to be whatever they can imagine.
2017 marked the fulfilment of Jo's long-held goal - to have her own stall at the festival, the Woodford Music Box, showcasing paintings, drawings, photos, pottery, jewellery and repurposed instruments inspired by her annual pilgrimage to Woodfordia. Out of thousands of photos Jo chose a selection of her most memorable moments - people, acts, events, structures, decorative features and rituals of Woodfordia.
Patrons were at first confused about the purpose of the music box but it soon became clear that the salvaged instruments yearned to be played and were irresistible to the hundreds of patrons who took a turn, sometimes returning daily to play one. They brimmed with enthusiasm born of what ranged from nostalgia for their own missed instrument, to a long-held dream to try an instrument, to spontaneous curiosity to try something new or to “perform” at Woodford Folk Festival.
It was such an amazing experience, enabling the joy of all those players ranging from professional to amateur to beginner musicians, to adults and children trying instruments for the first time. The stall-gallery-studio installation organically evolved during the festival into a popular place to hang out and play or just watch.
Jo would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which Woodfordia stands, without whose grace it would not be possible for such inspiration to take place. Likewise Jo would like to thank the people of Woodfordia Inc. for creating a space to enable such creativity to occur and the artists who make and share their magic.
What patrons said about Woodford Music Box
“This was one of my favourite things about this festival. Thanks so much! Caleb Murray.”
“What a beautiful little place to come across. Thank you for providing a space to slow down and feed the soul with music :) - Tessa”
“Keep playing and don't look back, no matter what. Beautiful place to play around and meet some very nice people. :)Thank-you for the Music!!! :D – Jezza
“A beautiful place for those stuck with emotion but no expression. This Music Box is a Nirvana of delight. Wonderful, Patches. Heart .”
“Love the piano & had fun playing a trio with my best friend and a very passionate 6 ¾ yr old musician.Delena
“Happy New Year. This stall of musical instruments is magic. We have had an inspiring time playing and experimenting with sound. Aunty Bec”
“Thank you for the AMAZING Piano!! Heart Heart xx Connor”
“Was great to play at Woodford. Carlos Mantell”
“Thank you for your musical inspiration. Emma Creed”
“Thank you Jo! Musicians need this space! What a great attraction. Woodford should support this space financially. Sonny O'Brien”
“Thank you for the piano! What a superb treat! Heart xx Adrienne”
“Thank you so much for this space! It's amazing and so is everyone else – Alex Ost”
“Keeping the world friendly and musical. Thank you. Olly xo”
“Thanks for the play.”
“Thank you, awesome idea. I'll give you $10 bucks for the piano.”
“I think it's a great idea. I loved playing fur Elise on it. Thanks.”
“Thanks for letting me play! So much fun! Heart Xoxo Tahu :)
“Callum. My first Woodford visit this year! It is so nice to be able to play your piano today, having been away from my own piano for weeks. Love the artwork! All my best, Callum.”
“Bibi. Having a little spot where we can play music and feel alone and in our bubble during a one week festival is awesome. Thank you. This is a great idea! :) - Bibi from Quebec (French Canadian)”
“Was awesome fun heart heart heart.”
“Bring back the honky honk. Wini”
“I like playing with broken things”
“From the Countess – Wife of Glampire. Lovely work Jo. (exciting) ”
“I had fun playing Mario on your piano, thanks! All the best, heart Hanna”
“I found the old piano very musical – Liam”
“Amazing we need more piano heart”
“Toukie – Thank you so much for the music”
“So great to have somewhere to play! - Mick”
“Thank you for bringing your beautiful old piano, really enjoyed playing it.”
”Ellis Kettle – AMAZING. Love the shop. Good luck with the G String sale.”
"With a little help from my friends. Xx Jay.”
“ Love you guys!”
“I love the violin” (drawing of violin)
“heart. I love it. Lotus”
“Thanks so much for letting me play your cute piano! Georgie Ostenfeld."
“Great Idea! - Jarra”
Woodfordia Inc. 87 Woodrow Rd Woodford Queensland 4514 Australia