Cafe on the verge of Nashville

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An enterprising local musician aims to turn a family-run Frankton eatery into a little corner of Nashville. 

Lisa Cruickshank-Ulrich, who lived in America’s country music capital for seven years, tomorrow hosts an evening called ‘Songwriters In The Round’ at the On The Verge Cafe. 

The idea is for Wakatipu talent to showcase self-penned material in an intimate setting. 

“I got the inspiration from Nashville’s famous Bluebird Cafe, where a lot of aspiring writers have been discovered,” Cruickshank-Ulrich says. 

“It would be great to get a similar vibe going in Queenstown and that would also give local musicians a platform for their music.” 

Starting at 6.30pm, the debut event features Cruickshank-Ulrich, Thomas Brinsley and reggae singer Peti Seiuli. Entry costs $5. 

“We’ll set up in the middle of the room and keep rotating the performers every so often,” Cruickshank-Ulrich says. 

“For the first part of the evening people will do their own material then we’ll have an open mic session where anyone who comes along is welcome to get up and show what they can do. 

“It’s all going to be pretty relaxed and if everything goes well I’ll be looking to do something similar on a monthly basis.”