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Reclaimers Online is a community based blogging network about overcoming adversity through building instruments and making music together.

The Reclaimers Community Music Project is based in Brisbane and holds regular, free workshops for people experiencing disadvantage to learn how to make musical instruments. The instruments are made very cheaply from ‘reclaimed’ materials, using only basic hand tools.

Regular participants at the workshops, make up The Reclaimers Street Orchestra, who perform folk music on their unique instruments. Through community music making, the members of The Reclaimers are overcoming personal barriers, and finding new life.

Our mission: to make community music making more accessible to everyone around the world.

Latest News: Woodford Folk Festival 2012

The Reclaimers rehearsed twice weekly for the last month before we were set to venture as a group to play 3 sets over 5 days. Except in all we did 8 gigs consisting of playing at The Chai tent, Bills Bar and twice at the Pineapple lounge. We were on a roll, even doing 3 gigs in one...


Visit The Workshop

Check out some of the cheap and easy to build instruments that are being made at our Spring Hill Workshop. We build a variety of instruments that include: drums and percussion, 2-string stick-fiddles, 2-string ‘cellos’, 2-string ‘violas’, 6-string ‘Uncle Bob’ guitars, electric guitars, tin-whistles – you name it!

We can help you build a great sounding instrument from as little as $10(AU)!

Read about the personal experiences of others as they build their musical instruments.

Learn how to make your very own instrument!


Meet The Orchestra

*** NOW RECRUITING ***

The Reclaimers Street Orchestra is made up of regular participants at our workshops. Our members come from diverse backgrounds – but they all share a troubled past – each struggling with personal difficulties that range from emotional and anxiety problems, to homelessness and poverty. Yet through the power of music, together they are overcoming hardship and ‘reclaiming’ their lives.

Read about the personal experiences of our members, and how being a part of The Street Orchestra has changed their lives.

Discover how you can get involved with the Street Orchestra in Brisbane, or start your own at a place near you.








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Woodford Folk Festival 2012

Posted on Jan 15 2013
The Reclaimers rehearsed twice weekly for the last month before we were set to venture as a group to play 3 sets over 5 days. Except in all we did 8 gigs consisting of playing at The Chai tent, Bills Bar...

Performance at Lotus Place on 25th October

Posted on Oct 23 2012
The Reclaimers will do a set for Micah’s sister project Lotus place this Thursday at 6pm at 56 Peel street, South Brisbane. Lotus Place hosts a casual night of community orientated performances held...