Sydney’s Undiscovered Roots Venue Returns

by | 18 Feb, 2009

The Orphanage Sessions – returns with The Blue Preachers + The Orphans

Sydney’s undiscovered country/roots venue – The Orphanage Sessions – returns on Saturday 21st February with music from the sessions’ hosts, The Orphans, and their guests The Blues Preachers.

Founded in 2008, The Orphanage Sessions run on the third Saturday of every month from February through November and feature original, Australian, country/roots music. The nights are hosted by the alt-country duo plus pedal steel outfit The Orphans and features a different guest every month ranging from acoustic, finger-style blues through folk, traditional bluegrass and country rock.

The sessions run upstairs at the Mars Hill Café on Church Street in Parramatta. This intimate performance space features wooden floor boards and old lounges creating the perfect atmosphere in which to enjoy live music and to participate directly with those creating it. Those present can also grab a meal or enjoy ethical coffee from the café below.

The first session of the year kicks off with The Orphans playing a set followed by their guests The Blues Preachers playing authentic pre-war blues. The Blues Preachers features Brother John Morris on finger style and slide guitar with Captain Bluetongue (aka Doug Lyons) on numerous harmonicas. These guys have just returned from the Goulburn Blues Festival and are gearing up to tour as support for Diesel on his upcoming Project Blues Tours.

In coming months The Orphanage Sessions will feature Lucie Thorne, Karl Broadie, Caitlin Harnett, Lianna Rose, Nick & Liesl, Racz ‘n Waters, Heather Mandich & Southern Alliance, Ange Takats and Ronni Rae Rivers as guests.

To find out more about The Orphanage Sessions visit The Orphanage website