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The Cellar Door Sessions ft. Banjo Jackson and Emilee South


The Cellar Door Sessions ft. Banjo Jackson and Emilee South

Amy Clark

It’s official. Just when you thought the crew from The Porch Sessions couldn’t get any more legendary, they step it up another notch and blow your minds. That notch would come in the form of The Cellar Door Sessions. On the cold, dark and drizzly Friday evening that was May the 8th, hearts and souls were well and truly warmed in Willunga by an intimate showcase of live music, wood oven pizzas, and good vibes. That warm and fuzzy feeling in our bellies might have had something to do with the wine.


Hosted in the cosy and inviting Hither and Yon Cellar Door, Friday night’s magical offering of local treats was the second of five instalments in The Cellar Door Sessions line-up. The lucky few who managed to get their paws on the coveted tickets were greeted by the Porch Governess herself, Sharni Honor, and warmly welcomed into the cellar door, which had been transformed into the hipster winter hideaway of your dreams. Think scattered soy candles, DIY fabric bunting, mismatched cushions and love seats, and of course, beautiful Hither and Yon wine bottles (we have the feeling that Sharn and co. may have taken one for the team and emptied these prior to the show in the name of authentic decorating; for that, we thank you).


After picking a comfy looking seat of some kind, the next priority was wine. As an added bonus, the first drop was included in the ticket, so guests were able to get a bit of a taster before committing to a bottle — the 2015 Rosé was absolutely sensational. With a wineglass in hand, and priorities in order, the next stop was a delicious pizza from the guys behind Pizza Kneads. And if that wasn’t enough, From Humble Grounds were on call for all our hot beverage and sweet treat needs. Once equipped with all one could ever want in life, it was time to enjoy the music.


First up was Adelaidian Banjo Jackson. And boy, are we proud to call him our own! A natural storyteller, Banjo’s heady tones and emotive lyrics took us on a journey of love and discovery. Accomplished with the guitar and harmonica, Banjo is something of a one-man band, capturing the audience with his raw and laidback performance style. After a couple of solo numbers, Banjo’s wingman Tom was invited to the stage, bringing with him some depth to the sound with both a violin and a mandolin. These guys have some serious talent; it was a perfect way to start the evening’s musical delights.


Then came Emilee South. Hailing from our much-loved neighbour, Melbourne, Emilee is one seriously cool chick. With a style all her own, she serenaded us with a performance that was both truly unique, and all class. For someone who admittedly is ‘horrible at stage banter’, Emilee had us all clinging to her every word as she charmed us with her ramblings. Her performance included some intriguing original tunes about love, loss, and being a boss lady, a couple of pretty amazing blues guitar riffs, and a crazy insane vocal range.


Although the talent and greatness shone bright from both musical performers, it has to be said that the real stars of the show were slightly more pint sized. Banjo’s adorable daughter, Ivy, and an unidentified lil man who insisted on carrying a wine bottle (empty, of course) around with him at all times and showing every member of the audience, stole our hearts, and gave us a giggle.


To sum it up, The Cellar Door Sessions: Part Two was a huge success. But let’s be honest; does this come as a surprise to anyone? With a stellar combo of wine, pizza, a cosy atmosphere, great music, and cute kids, it’s a guaranteed winner.

For those who missed out, here's a lil glimpse of the night that was...just to rub it in a bit more!

For more on The Cellar Door Sessions, check out The Porch Sessions Facebook page.

All images and media via The Porch Sessions.