folk @ canowindra … 26th October

Folk@Canowindra has presented a wide range of quality music this year, both in our feature acts and our open mic spots.  Last month included some very enjoyable music from the likes of J-L Rathbone, Sophie Payten, Sophie’s young cousin Leo Payten (another exciting up and coming musician from the Payten family) and more!  This coming Sunday, Oct 26th, 4-6pm, we will get together at taste Canowindra for our second last gathering of the year.  Everyone is welcome, entry is by donation, and any enquiries or open mic acts should contact Nerida Cuddy on 0429 048 603.

We are so happy to be able to officially welcome a couple of new musicians to this area, by enjoying their talents as our feature act this Sunday.  They have moved to a small town outside of Canowindra from the north coast of NSW.   Original song writer Blair Gough met ukelele player Simone D’Elboux quite some time back, and now after ten years of marriage and two children, they are performing as “Chalk n Chestnuts”.  Desire, big dreams, anguish, betrayal, love, hope and forgiveness, are some of the themes of Chalk n Chestnuts’ originals, featuring acoustic guitar, ukelele, harmonica and percussion. Blair and Simone, both of former bands, love playing their heartfelt originals to music lovers.  Organic fresh from the farm to you!

folk @ canowindra … 28 september 2014


Last month’s CASP-funded concert at folk@canowindra was a great success.  Musical duo Oscar and Marigold performed an impressive array of music from across the ages as well as around the world.  The audience were treated to a very special musical experience; as were most of Canowindra’s school students the next day.  This month, we are back to our regular format of an open mic session, together with a feature act.  Accoustic musicians and poets are invited to bring a song/poem or two to share with our warm and appreciative audience.  The session is held at taste Canowindra on the last Sunday of the month, from 4-6:15pm. 
Folk@canowindra is pleased to be presenting singer/songwriter J-L Rathbone as our feature act this Sunday, 28th September.  J-L grew up in the Blue Mountains, listening to and watching many guitarists, studying and rehearsing their techniques like every other schoolboy/bedroom hero.  However, as he grew he developed a love for writing and the spoken word.  Combining these two passions, J-L discovered and began to pursue his passion for expression through the art of songwriting.  A somewhat divided young individual, J-L spent many years pursuing his sporting ability in cycling.  This, however, had its limitations in the personal expression department, and he became tired of chasing a dream that didn’t feel natural.  After some dramatic lifestyle and personal changes, J-L finally committed to pursuing his lifetime love of music.
As wine is extracted from a grape or rich honey-like coffee from a crushed bean, it is evident that pressure extracts emotions from a battered heart.  Most certainly audible through J-L’s recently released EP entitled “All for you”, J-L is a lover of soul and blues as well as folk tunes.  For him there is never a tune that is too honest or too heartfelt.  “It’s about authenticity”, the songwriter says, “It’s about being real and sharing your heart with the world…”.  J-L’s honest approach to his songwriting cuts to the heart of issues that surround the lives of those in the 21st century western world.
Performers and listeners of all ages are welcome at folk@canowindra.  The venue is family friendly, and entry is by donation. All enquiries to Nerida Cuddy (0429 048 603).

Glimpses … Sophie Tosh’s first solo art exhibition!

Sophie’s exhibition – featuring beautiful paintings on old suitcases – opened this weekend in Dubbo.  It was an instant hit with those who attended the opening … you can read about it in the Dubbo Weekender.

Sophie’s exhibition is open until September 6th … make sure you see it if you can!


folk@canowindra … 24th August – a special event!


We are privileged to be welcoming lauded composer Kim Cunio and award-winning singer and soloist Heather Lee, performing as “Oscar and Marigold”, to folk@canowindra this Sunday, thanks to the help of a CASP grant through Artsoutwest.  The grant application by folk@canowindra, known as “Opportunities Extended”, was intended to extend the contribution and impact of the folk club into the wider community during 2014.  The vocal workshop, Sing Canowindra, in May, was the first event in the project.  This time, the musicians will be performing for most of Canowindra’s school (and pre-school) children and teens the following day, which is a brilliant opportunity to expose the students to music and instruments from all over the world.

Oscar and Marigold are a captivating music duo, who are Sydney-based, but perform overseas regularly, and who have an established musical reputation for excellence. Comfortable in many languages and styles, Heather has one of the purest voices of our time, while Kim sings in velvety bass and plays a myriad of forgotten and rare instruments.

In this special concert, we will hear how medieval, celtic and folk musics come together. Repertoire will include the amazing Cantigas de Santa Maria, medieval Spanish song, and heart warming Irish ballads from Ireland and Scotland, even with a little contemporary Australian folk. Rare instruments will also be played including the hurdy gurdy, psaltery, saz and oud. See why Oscar and Marigold are a favourite at the Woodford Folk Festival.

This is an amazing and rare opportunity to hear such gifted musicians perform some of the world’s most beautiful music, and to broaden the musical horizons of all listeners.  The concert will take place at taste Canowindra (Ferguson St) on Sunday August 24, from 4-6pm, with entry by donation.  Come early to ensure a good seat.  All enquiries to Nerida Cuddy 0429 048 603.

PS. Here is some extra information about the duo, in case you want more …

“Moments of rhapsodic beauty” – Sydney Morning Herald

“A metaphor for the future of Australian culture” – The Australian

“A standard rarely equaled” – The Age

Heather Lee

Does Heather Lee possess Australia’s purest voice? This is a question many listeners have asked after hearing her in concert or recording. Heather has sung at the Whitehouse and United Nations, the Sydney 2000 Olympics, been the recorded voice for major events including the Asian Games and Winter Olympics, as well as major cultural events such as the touring of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Khalili collection of Islamic Art and the Maharajah of Jodhpur’s Sacred Art collection. With an ability to sing in many languages and styles, Heather (MCA Voice) has focused on both sacred traditional music and western classical music in her career. Heather has a longstanding commitment to singing the sacred, and has taken many listeners to the spiritual heights in her recordings and concerts. She has made a number of discs for the ABC including The Sacred Fire, music of Hildegard of Bingen Sweet Dreams, lullabies from around the world, and Under Eastern Skies.

Kim Cunio

Kim Cunio, PhD Composition, Masters in Music Composition, Bachelor of Music, is a composer, music historian, instrumentalist and singer who is equally at home in reconstructive, contemporary & classical music forms. Kim lectures at the QLD conservatorium as well as being active as a performer and composer. Kim has been commissioned to write opera, for the concert arena, and in a variety of other contexts including CDs, major events, festivals, installations, galleries, television and radio. Last year Kim completed a major work on Swami Vivekananda for the Sydney Opera House; this year his first opera is being premiered as well as the start of a multi disc project with the Gyuto Monks of Tibet.


2nd Annual Youth Event for Folk@Canowindra … 27th July

It is a great pleasure to announce another youth event for folk@canowindra, and to invite young people from across the region to perform accoustic music or poetry this Sunday 27th July.  This will be held from 4-6pm at taste Canowindra (Ferguson St).  The event is family friendly, entry is by donation, and there is delicious food & drink available at the venue.  Last year’s event was a great opportunity for the singers and players who came and had the chance to share their music in front of a warm and friendly audience.   This is such an important part of developing as a young performer, and is a great opportunity to meet other like-minded people, and hear what they are doing as well.

The feature act will be Gabrielle Flanagan (15) from Wellington and Josh Maynard (16) from Cowra, who have been performing together for about six months, and in such a short time have entertained people in a range of venues across the Central West.

These two young artists met in the semi finals of Junior Entertainers where they both advanced to the Finals. Both are successful performers in their own right and also perform separately.  Josh and Gabrielle are both winners and place setters in a range of music competitions, including the Henry Lawson Busking Competition (Josh 2013, Gabrielle 2014), NSW Junior Entertainers, Parkes Country Music, M&M Battle Of The Voices and the Canowindra Balloon Festival. Regulars to the Cow & Calf in Wellington and Taste Canowindra, both performers would like to make music their career and many great local venues are helping them achieve this.  They perform a range of genres from Folk to Rock. Josh’s influences are Shane Howard, Missy Higgins and John Butler. Gabrielle’s influences include artists like Taylor Swift, John Mayer and Ed Sheeran.

If you are interested in performing, please contact Nerida Cuddy (0429 048 603) before the day to secure an open mic spot.  Everyone is welcome to come and listen: to encourage the next generation of musicians and poets in our region, and to enjoy the considerable talents of Gabrielle and Josh.

folk @ canowindra … 29 june 2014

Start the school holidays with Music!

This Sunday, June 29, is a great chance to fill yourself up with live music and creativity, at folk@canowindra!  From 4-6:15pm, at taste Canowindra (Ferguson St), you can while away the first Sunday of the hols with music and poetry from across the region.  Entry is by donation (to provide for the main act), and the event is family friendly.  We meet on the last Sunday of the month to enjoy the talents of a feature act, surrounded by open mic acts. 

“Autumn Leaves” is our feature act for June, which is Cilla Kinross (guitar), Tony McKenzie (viola, keyboard), Tom Sawyer (guitar, wannabe bazouki), Nick King (flute, guitar); all sing, sometimes in extreme circumstances, in four-part harmony.    This group fits nicely into the ‘Exhumed’ category as exemplified by the ABC competition for rekindled musicians last year, although that delight awaits.   The group plays a rich and unusual mixture of folk, jazz standards, chorus songs, French chanson, quirk (Tom Lehrer/Jake Thackeray) and some classical guitar/flute/viola pieces (very hard to find, you’ll be glad to hear!).   The group’s base is the Orange Dirt Music club which meets monthly in Orange and welcomes all comers to its acoustic sessions.  Nick also plays in the bushband Tenpenny Bit, Cilla sings in two choirs and Tony sings and plays in everything he can get his hands on…(meanwhile Tom relaxes by the fire and occasionally tunes the bazouki).  

Please note that our next folk@canowindra event is a special opportunity for high school aged and young adult performers, on July 27.  Please be talking to those musical (or poetic) young people you know who would benefit from meeting other musicians and having the chance to perform in front of a very friendly audience.

All enquiries to Nerida Cuddy 0429 048 603.

Bendigo Regional Muster … 27-29 June 2014

Sing Canowindra!

Living life in sync … a 6-week experience from 12th May!

Cornerstone Canowindra Open Week 2014