Little May
Seymour Centre & The Festivalists present

Courtyard Sessions 2014

17 January - 28 March

Courtyard Sessions brings you Sydney’s best emerging live bands, playing in the dappled sunshine of the Seymour Centre Courtyard every Friday night this summer – and it’s all for free!

 

The 3rd annual season of the popular outdoor gig series, Courtyard Sessions, runs every Friday 6pm-9pm from January 17 to March 28, in the courtyard of the Seymour Centre.

It’s time to reclaim Sydney’s reputation as a hotbed for live music, one Summer sunset gig at time!

Showcasing Sydney’s most talented up-and-coming musicians, the free sunset gigs are a great way to usher in each weekend this summer, a chance to discover a new band… maybe even the next big thing (Courtyard Sessions alumni include Donny Benet, Panama, Jenny Broke The Window and Sures). The performance space, nestled under the trees in the dappled sunshine, comes with its own pop-up bar, gourmet BBQ, roaming performers and vintage games.

 

Courtyard Sessions is kid and pooch friendly. We ask that parents keep an eye on their children and note that alcohol is served at this venue. Dogs must be kept on leads at all times, and cleaned up after. The Seymour Courtyard is fully licensed. No BYO food or alcohol allowed.

 

City of Sydney

 

28 March - Little May

Forming mid 2012, Little May is a Sydney-based indie/folk band featuring Hannah Field, Liz Drummond and Annie Hamilton; three friends whose love for music and songwriting brought them together after leaving school.

As self-taught musicians, the girls’ approach to writing music in instinctive and natural. Recently playing at Secret Garden Festival 2013 and the Australian Music Price PRE-AMP function, the girls have received a reputation for capturing audiences with defining harmonies, guitar driven melodies and skillful songwriting. They have each inherited a love of music from their parents and are influenced by the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Mumford & Sons and Local Natives.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/littlemaymusic

17 January - Twin Lakes

Good music grasps your attention. But incredible, timeless music pulls you inside it. The songs of Twin Lakes are an absorbing volume of emotional depth.

In their year together, Twin Lakes have played throughout Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong, permeating the music scene with their layers of folk and rock.

Website: www.twinlakesband.com.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/twinlakesmusic

24 January - Christo Jones

Christo Jones uses a towering self-built rig overflowing with guitars, keyboards, samplers and pedals to perform beautifully twisted symphonic-pop tunes.

“The intricacies of his music and performance are nothing short of spellbinding and dare I say – unique.” - The [AU] Review

“Christo Jones has an extraordinary ear for sounds from different eras and manages to melt them together seamlessly.” - Drum Media / The Music

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheChristoJones

31 January - VCS

VCS is an Australian R&B Electro outfit that blends the nostalgia of 90s R&B with ambient electro soundscapes. Starting out as a co-production between brothers Vinay (vocalist) and Sarath Seeth, VCS released its debut album earlier this year.

Quickly gaining tread and recruiting David K (guitarist), Chris H (Drums) and Jerel D (Keyboard) they are delivering dynamic live sets as a four piece. Featured in ‘InTheMix’ as one of the five next big things in Australian Dance Music as picked by Elizabeth Rose, VCS is bound to entertain.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/VCSmusic

7 February - Pear Shape

After a big year in 2013 supporting Best Coast & Wampire come join Pear Shape as they play songs from there fourth coming EP due out soon!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pearshapemusic

14 February - Goldsmith

True to their name, Goldsmith are in the business of crafting gold, albeit in a more figurative sense: their precious metals are instead exuberant tunes engineered to elicit a smile, a finger click, an irrepressible desire to move in time to their vintage pop.

Fresh from writing and recording in their basement Goldsmith are now on a journey to showcase their music live along the east coast of Australia and beyond.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/goldsmithband

21 February - Bears With Guns

Making the move from their hometown of Parkes was a big decision for Bears With Guns, heading to Sydney in 2010 to hone their live show and refine their folk-rock sound. Using a near encyclopedia of instruments including cajon, djembe, mandolin and ukulele, topped off with warm husky vocals and harmonies, the band create a soundscape that’s equal parts rock, pop and folk.

Bears With Guns’ debut EP was released last year through one of Australia’s newest record labels, Highway 125 (owned by iconic Trackdown Studios), creating a loyal fan base that has stayed with the band leading up to their release, “Only the Quick and the Hungry.”

Website: www.bearswithguns.com.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bearswithgunsmusic

28 February - Green Mohair Suits

They may have formed for a Gram Parsons tribute night in 2006, but the sweeping, expansive clatter and twang the Green Mohair Suits pedal these days pushes their country, folk and bluegrass roots as much as it respects them.

Occupying a broad musical landscape between influences like Beck, Fleet Foxes, Hank Williams, Tom Waits, Portishead & Gram Parsons, Campeau labels their music “Garage-grass”, adding fans should “expect sad songs and waltzes.” He forgets to add that they should also prepare themselves for a harmonious blur of booze-soaked good times, mixed with schooner-loads of emotion and energy.

Website: www.greenmohairsuits.bandcamp.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thegreenmohairsuits

7 March - Forster Anderson

Forster Anderson grew up behind the iconic Hopetoun Hotel in Surry Hills, Sydney. Exposed to a grungy Rock & Roll music scene from a young age, it was somewhat inevitable that Forster would follow in the footsteps of many in the artistic suburb and eventually become a musician himself.

He writes music that is self-described as Rock & Roll with a touch of country and pop. With autobiographically detailed lyrics, Forster Anderson’s life is summed up in a punchy and catchy set list of songs. After writing literally hundreds of songs over the past 5 years, he is now preparing to record his debut album in early 2014.

14 March - Daughters of Dynamite

Picture a rusty wire cutting a delicate piece of flowing satin and you are close to imagining the sound of Sydney’s cat on a hot tin roof, Emma Deans, now launching her much-anticipated solo career as Daughter of Dynamite.

Emma is no newcomer to the scene, having toured Australia at 14 performing African and gospel songs. She is best known for her songwriting and for five years touring with nationally acclaimed acapella group, Kaya.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DaughterofDynamite

21 March - Christo Jones

Christo Jones uses a towering self-built rig overflowing with guitars, keyboards, samplers and pedals to perform beautifully twisted symphonic-pop tunes.

“The intricacies of his music and performance are nothing short of spellbinding and dare I say – unique.” - The [AU] Review

“Christo Jones has an extraordinary ear for sounds from different eras and manages to melt them together seamlessly.” - Drum Media / The Music

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheChristoJones