This year, folk@canowindra is branching out with a few initiatives to involve a wider range of people from the region in our musical endeavours. The first of these will feature this Sunday, March 30, 4-6:15pm, at taste Canowindra. After our usual open mic for accoustic music and poetry, the well known drummer, Ross Welch, will be featuring. First he will perform a drumming demonstration, then he will host a drumming workshop outside on the verandah. This is a chance for the audience to ‘get their hands dirty’: making music together, and learning some tips from a master of the trade. There will be hand drums and percussion instruments available, but you are free to BYO drum as well! Of course, as usual, people are more than welcome to just come and listen!
Ross Welch has enjoyed a long association with music from the late 1950’s, performing modern styles including jazz, blues funk, country music, latin and rock and roll. He is comfortable playing both drum kit and hand drums. Ross has played professionally, appearing on TV, at Festivals, in Clubs, Restaurants and Hotels. Appearing with The Original Sweaty Palms Orchestra (youtube), jazzmen Col Nolan, John Nicol and USA’s legendary Frances Faye are just some of the highlights of his professional career. In the Central West, Ross currently performs with The Central West All Stars Big Band and Ray Vanderby’s Central West Jazz Quartet.
Thanks to funding provided through this year’s Country Arts Support Program, via Artsoutwest, folk@canowindra will be hosting two other events in our special concerts series this year. The first will be on May 25, when we will be thrilled to host “Sing Canowindra”: a choral workshop based on songs from our region, led by the gifted choir leader and singer/songwriter, Christina Mimmocchi. The workshop will lead on to a performance at our regular gathering, along with a feature act by Christina.
If you are interested in more information, in performing in this month’s open mic session, or in taking part in the choral workshop, please contact Nerida Cuddy (0429 048 603, firstname.lastname@example.org).