Folked up! is a new monthly event held at The Lass O’Gowrie. The inaugural run was a showcase of talented singer/songwriters, but future events have the potential to offer everything from music to arts & craft stalls, to live performances. It’s humble beginnings for this event, but with an opening night like this, it’s got a fantastic future.
Boots Porter opened up the show, hiding in the shade from the afternoon sun. Punters relaxed on the lounges and benches as Porter ripped through a set that featured both covers and originals. Porter’s voice needs to be heard to be believed; capable of both tender and powerful moments, with a truly impressive range.
Festival organizer Jack Lundie rips through a set of story-driven songs, but followed suit with the casual afternoon atmosphere by throwing a few covers in. He played through all the tracks on his recently released Split EP Home Is Where Your Mates Live as well as a few soon-to-be-released tracks.
Rachel Maria Cox swaps their regular piano for an acoustic guitar, laying down number heart-on-their-sleeve ballads as the day turns to night. Cox has a powerful voice, and when paired with their heartbreaking songs they have the ability to really bring the audience in. Cox changes the mood up at the last minute, closing the set with a cover of Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘I Really Really Really Like You’.
Isaac Graham’s turn came as the dinner orders rolled out, Graham was far from background music however, as all eyes were planted firmly on him. The Sydney-sider busted through songs from across his releases, as well as a few new songs from his Calander Year project. The set quickly turned into a request set, with audience members suggesting some of their favourite songs, including the one-two set highlight of ‘When I Find Gold’ and ‘The Man Who Stole The Sky’. Graham closed on the sing-a-long moment ‘Young Backs’ before wishing the crowd farewell.
Folked Up! is working on a simple formula, but it’s a winning one; fantastic performances, a casual beer garden, and a discounted beer on tap. There’s many worse ways to spend your Sunday afternoon.
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