Push aside winter blues

July 24, 2017

The Winter Sessions continue to entertain and provide a showcase for local talent.

After another sell-out event, Shepparton’s Winter Sessions continue to go from strength to strength, showcasing local musical talent.

Five acts defied icy temperatures outside to serenade an audience of more than 100 with Alannah, Aleesha and Gabe opening the night at The Vault in Shepparton.

Event organiser Jamie Lea said artists Natalie King and Cameron Canobie followed with covers of classics, including Wicked Game, and a mash up of songs from artists such as Goo Goo Dolls, Fuel and Oasis.

‘‘Braden Pullen returned to Shepparton for his second performance at the Winter Sessions after being an audience favourite last year and took the opportunity to debut some new music,’’ Ms Lea said.

‘‘Rach Howard and Matt Head’s sublime duets with keyboards and drums kept the crowd enraptured, while Jessica Lorraine finished the night with voice, a guitar and a loop pedal.’’

Ms Lea was excited to see the events continue to grow.

‘‘Hugh Drum (and I) put a lot of effort into these nights, but we’d be nothing without the volunteers that back us up and help us out every single event,’’ she said.

‘‘When winter rolls around everyone tends to stay indoors and rug up, but we want people to get out there and be part of the community and see the amazing talent we’ve got in the region.’’

Ms Lea said due to popular demand and tickets selling out, three more dates had been added to the program.

She said it was mind-blowing to see such support for the events.

‘‘Every time we sell out a show we have to pinch ourselves; it’s amazing and so heart-warming to see the community get behind local music and appreciate the musical haven we have done our best to create.

‘‘Some of our artists are pretty new to this so its really exciting to give them a platform to sing in front of 100-plus people.

‘‘It’s so important that we embrace the talent we have here in the Goulburn Valley.’’

Winter Sessions events are on Friday, August 11, Friday, September 1, and Friday, September 22. Tickets are available from www.thewintersessions.com/tickets

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