If you happen to be one of the unlucky ones who didn’t manage to get your paws on a ticket to the latest instalment of The Porch Sessions, I’m sorry to have to say it, but boy did you miss out! Sunday’s delicious serving of porchy goodness, starring the supremely talented Alice Haddy, Halfway to Forth, and headliner Shaun Kirk, succeeded in delivering yet another musical feast for the senses, as a part of The Porch Sessions' wildly successful 2014/2015 season.
Sharni and her team of kickass legends once again took a perfectly fine looking porch, and turned it into the wonderful hippy oasis that is the Porch Sessions Secret Garden. With some strategically placed bunting, a couple comfy Persians, and just a dash of fairy dust, the lovely and generous porch owner’s garden went from a fairly standard six out of ten, to a majestic eleven.
As always, every porchling’s need or want was taken care of. The sun was shining, the pink lemonade was flowing (in mason jars, of course) and the good vibes were in the air. Our tummies were filled with the phucking phenomenal Phat Buddha Rolls, ft. Four Seeds' life changing Peanut Butter Brownies. And for those who were lucky enough not to be driving, the beautiful people from Hither and Yon had the alcoholic bevvies covered.
Now... Let’s talk about the music. First up, to get the crowd nice and warm was the gorgeous Alice Haddy. Looking every bit the musical goddess, Alice gave us a peak into her quirky and wonderful life, serenading us with acoustic tunes about her little blue car, single gal pals, and travel stories. In terms of her sound, think Julia Stone with a bit of Gossling thrown in. Her beautifully charming and calming voice, and cheerful guitar skills make for a sound that is truly and uniquely all her own. To sum it up in three words? What a beb.
Next cab off the rank was the Tasmanian twosome, Halfway to Forth. Armed with a banjo, a super cool metal slide guitar, and a pretty sleek man bun, Halfway to Forth took things to the next level. Hailing from Davenport, brothers Dan and Kyle delivered an honest performance featuring toe tappingly tight banjo driven ballads, and catchy melodies with perfect harmonies. Humble yet intensely joyful, Halfway to Forth provided the eagerly attentive porchlings with good bluesy vibes from the country. Basically, they killed it.
For the succulent main course? Shaun Kirk, ladies and gentlemen! What an entertainer.
Proving to be the world’s most talented multitasker, Shaun captivated the secret garden with his multi-instrumental musical stylings. Full of personality and enthusiasm, Shaun’s big and bluesy tunes lifted the vibes to an all time high, hitting us with bits of acoustic guitar, harmonica, and percussion. Topped off with some pretty impressive vocals, including some notes which were held for so long we were sure someone would need to call an ambulance, Shaun took us on beautiful roller-coaster ride, which no one wanted to get off. We’re also 99 per cent sure that by the second song, everyone in the audience was madly in love with Mr Kirk. And then, when our hearts broke as the set came to a close, Shaun delivered a bloody fantastic acoustic encore, with a sing along tune about trying to find a good woman. Shaun, if you’re reading this, I find it pretty hard to believe you would ever have a hard time trying to find a lady... and if you are indeed looking for a lady, please look no further.
Thanks again to the deadest legends at The Porch Sessions for a top night, you’re incredible!
All images via The Porch Sessions