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PHOTOS: James Taylor at a day on the green

There’s something about the crowds at a day on the green gigs that we just love, and today’s flock, who have all descended on Bimbadgen in the Hunter Valley to see James Taylor, are no different.

Everyone is in a great mood. When you take your spot on the grass, people greet you like a long-lost friend. They offer you some cheese and biscuits from the picnic they’ve packed and look after your stuff when you make a trip to the bar. It’s like a music festival without any dickheads… And we love that.

Today’s early crowd are treated to an afternoon set from the always-amazing Ella Hooper. While people are enjoying a few glasses of white wine in the sun, Ella makes her way through cuts from the Killing Heidi discography that dominated their airwaves and introduced us to Ella in the late ’90s and tracks from her 2023 deeply personal long player Small Town Temple.

Josh Pyke is up next with a late afternoon set that reminds everyone why remained a mainstay of the Australian music scene. His voice fills the grassed natural amphitheatre at Bimbadgen with songs lifted from all corners of his seven studio album catalogue with the tracks from his 2007 debut Memories & Dust kicking off a few sing-a-longs.

But everyone is here for one reason, and one reason only… To see the iconic American singer-songwriter, James Taylor.

From the moment he walks on stage the six-time Grammy Award winner has the crowd in the palm of his hand. He’s understated, at times cheeky, and at every stage a master craftsman. The headlining set features all the hits including the opener Something In The Way She Moves and life-changing performances of Sweet Baby James and Fire and Rain.

People hug their way through You’ve Got a Friend and smile from ear to ear during the covers of Carole King and Marvin Gaye.

He’s a musician’s musician and the crowd are true music lovers. It’s a match made in heaven and a show we won’t forget for a long time.