From 2008-2015, Nerida ran a monthly gathering for musicians, poets and listeners. Held at Taste Canowindra in Ferguson St from 4-6pm; each session included a quality feature act, along with an open mic session – which made for a fantastic variety of performers. Folk@Canowindra was founded by Nerida, who performed there monthly along with the vice president of the Australian Bush Poets society, Frank Daniel: a great friend and partner in folk!
Feature acts included fabulous poets like Blue the Shearer, Robyn Sykes & Andrew Hull; and a great range of musicians – world music experts Kim Cunio and Heather Lee, November Shorn, Christina Mimmochi, Rob & Olya Willis, Mike McCarthy, Jason & Chloe Roweth, Christine Wheeler, Jon Wilby & Genni Kane (of Flying Emus fame), Denis McKay & the Half-Montys, ‘watch-this-space’ singer/songwriter Hannah Sunderland, and many more!
Performers have often remarked on the warm & deeply appreciative audience — which deeply rewards all of their efforts! Like a warm fire on a frosty evening, folk@canowindra has become a creative hub for people from all over the region.
Col Wilson (Blue the Shearer) wrote of Folk@Canowindra:
“Your endeavours with the Folk Movement in Canowindra over the last few years have been quite inspirational. I have had the pleasure of performing in the folk club at the Taste Canowindra cafe, a number of times since I first heard about it; and apart from the interest you have fostered in a supportive audience, your enthusiasm and talent has encouraged the emergence of many local artists in all forms of entertainment. Having been involved in a wide variety of Folk events over the years, the most rewarding times have been where new voices find a place to perform. I’m sure you know yourself that encouragement and advice to new performers is vital to keeping the culture of ‘Folk’ alive and thriving. I fully support folk@canowindra in their endeavours to bring cultural enrichment to the Central West.”