Picture this: It’s a Sunday afternoon and you’ve had a very long and exhausting booze fuelled weekend. The glaring sun is starting to set beneath the trees and a warm breeze blows through your hair reminding you that summer is only two days away. Bodies begin to gather around you on beanbags and pillows, and voices chatter happily as do clinking glasses and bottles. You’re lying across a gigantic colourful rug with a bottle of Hither and Yon red wine alongside your lovely friends and strangers all in the name of folk music. What better way to spend your Sunday than with The Porch Sessions.
Hidden in the backyard of a home in Black Forest, a suburb that lives up to its name with beautiful big trees, chirping birds and a never-ending forest-like landscape, was the second instalment of The Porch Sessions. The Porch Sessions are a series of wonderful folk shows hosted across South Australia in the backyards of willing home owners. Presented by the brilliant Sharni Honor who never fails to make a crowd laugh, was a lineup of local, national and international talent.
Dressed in her signature black turtleneck, South Australian’s very own Paige Renee Court opened the show with a set of original catchy tunes. Kicking off with last year's single Tinder’s Flame, Paige’s creative story telling and lyrics full of heartbreak and buried anger for past lovers quickly won over the porch goers. With A-grade banter, she had the crowd in giggles promoting her EP with a guarantee that buyers would help secure new tyre’s for her car, and finished her set with the tune Bitter, dedicated to her older brothers EX-wife.
Byron Bay’s very own Luke Morris was next, and the crowd sat in complete silence captivated by his husky and gentle voice. Channeling serious Damien Rice vibes, his track Mexico was a stand out and his soothing tunes nailed the relaxing surroundings of the night. Admittedly, I missed a portion of his set whilst lining up for the delicious tacos from cat lovin’ mexican gurus Taco Cat, but returned just in time to catch his stunning song Lessons. This moving number was dedicated to his late and much beloved Uncle which almost had the crowd in tears.
Hailing from the land of the long white cloud, the incredible Louis Baker was the first international act to grace the stage (or porch?) of The Porch Sessions. Finishing up a series of Australian shows including the Queenscliff Festival in VIC, it immediately became evident that Louis was a seasoned performer as he played a set of original music that was first and foremost - flawless. Inviting Adelaidian saxophone extraordinaire Adam Page onstage, the two played some fun lovin’ tunes paired with clapping hands and singing from the crowd. Undoubtedly, the highlight of the night was the chorus of voices that sang along to Louis’ seamless cover of Marvin Gaye’s Lets Get It On.
Like any event, theres always a downside. Porch goers were joined by hundreds of blood-thirsty mosquitos, gigantic flying Christmas bugs (a month too early) and spiders that dodged swatting flip flops. The Porch Sessions are full of positive vibes, friendly people and magical experiences.
To give your Sundays meaning, visit The Porch Sessions website or chuck them a like on Facebook to keep up to date with all their upcoming events. Remember, they sell out fast so be in the know or you’ll miss out.
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