Sunday night saw the first of seven porch sessions hit a secret garden location in Hyde Park and boy, was it full of musical greatness.
The garden setting for The Porch Session was picture perfect, with the lawn laid with rugs, a row of All Decked Out deck-chairs for the derrière, lovely lace dreamcatchers, fantastic fairy-lights and an abundance of brilliant bunting. There was a delicious food van offering up pulled pork buns, home-made slaw and mash, whilst the bar provided punters with a selection of Hither & Yon wines, Dr. Pilkington's Miracle Ciders and Vale Ale readily on hand. For the non-alcoholic bunch, pink lemonade was the drink of choice, served in the cutest of mason jars with the cutest of mini-umbrellas perched on top (oooooh how tropical, I hear you say). Dessert came in the form of choc-covered oreos and a selection of deliciously delectable cupcakes from the lovely lass at Belle Torte. But seriously, we had three... Each.
The night began with Tim Moore, a gifted storyteller who encapsulated the audience with his beautiful acoustic set. Tim's laid-back, folky tunes set the mood for what was to come later in the evening, with his witty banter, wonderful vocals and all-round nice guy vibe. His lyrics were captivating, and his instrumentation - brilliant. The Porch Crew really couldn't have picked a better guy to open the session (right on, guys!).
Following Mr Moore were the lovely ladies from Juno, an Adelaide based girl-band who are easing themselves back into the music scene after a little break they've taken recently. It may have been their first show back into the swing of things, but goodness, they were incredible.
The ladies had the audience hanging off every lyric, every chord, and every violin note, thanks to their choice of combining acoustic guitar, raw vocals, violin and percussion. Between each song, there was a little bit-o-banter with the audience which was fun, before choosing to cover Ben Howard's Depth Over Distance as their final song. Completely 'unplugged', the girls showcased their talents in the rawest of ways, playing without the assistance of amps and mics (with the small exception of the singer). As a long term fan of Benny H, we were expecting big things - and gosh darn, did they deliver.
Finally to end the magical evening, Al Parkinson graced the stage (yes, we were expecting a guy called Al, but what we got was much, much better). Al turned out to be a funny little babin' being from Victoria, who immediately captured the audience's attention with her charming wit, hilarious anecdotes and onstage banter.
Her music was magnificent, showcasing an old school blues vibe, paired with some refreshingly honest lyrics about her bad-luck in love. After a few solo songs with her and her G-tar, Al invited her three backing babes on to the porch, who turned out to be equally as talented as Parkinson herself. Two violins, a ukelele and four amazing vocalists later, the harmonies were out-of-this-world good.
All in all, the first Porch Sessions of the season was a real good time, with magnificent music, intimate setting and eclectic, chilled vibe. We are so bloody excited for session 2 with Winterbourne (NSW), Delia Obst (SA) and special guests, it 'aint funny.
Tickets to session 2 are already sold out, but get your tickets for session 3 here before they all sell out... A little birdy told us there are only 20 left!
All images via The Porch Sessions