The Garden Of Unearthly Delights’ Aurora Spiegeltent, Thu Mar 12
Sometimes life feels incredibly fast-paced – overwhelming, even. We are constantly being bombarded with words and images; information, opinions, heart-breaking headlines… and sometimes, the best thing to do is to just stop – even if it’s only for an hour or two.
Tonight, an almost-packed out audience in the Aurora Spiegeltent were given an opportunity to do exactly that, and it was all thanks to the beautiful and exceptionally talented Laura Hill (and her equally wonderful band). Hill and her ‘collection’ of musicians; Tim “Squid Fingers” Bennett on bass, Tom Richardson on lap steel guitar, Juzzie Smith on harmonica, percussion and acrobatics (sidenote; go and check out Juzzie’s show before the Fringe finishes) and Tim Irrang on drums – helped the crowd to relax. They took us on a journey around Australia and they made us laugh and smile and clap and sing along.
The whole experience was made even more special by the beautiful photographs taken by Laura Hill’s husband (and equally talented), Darren Longbottom. The images moved across a projector screen and like many of the songs being performed, occasionally took my breath away.
After such a hectic festival, The Songbird Sessions was an absolutely perfect way to wind down and to say goodbye to the Fringe for another year.
Image courtesy of Darren Longbottom