Totally Biased Fan Review: Songwriters at Petersham Bowling Club: Michael Bryers, Rose Carleo, Mick Adkins and Lyn Taylor


I love songwriters’ sessions. I love hearing how songs came about, I love even more hearing original music from the artists who created them. When I heard that Michael Bryers was making the trip to Sydney from up north, I was very excited, despite the fact that he didn’t pass up any opportunity during the evening to mention who beat whom in the State of Origin match. We don’t get to hear and see Michael much down here, so it was a given that I was going to be there. Along with Michael, Rose Carleo, a favourite country rock chick, and her fiancé, Mick Adkins, and Lyn Taylor from Dear Orphans completed the artists line up. Emma Beau was sick so Lyn filled in for her. While it was sad that Emma wasn’t there, Lyn did a great job, introducing most of the crowd and me to some new music. Her fellow Orphan, Nick Payne, joined her on a song in the second half.

The crowd was not as big as usual, possibly due to Jetty Road and Luke Dickens appearing down the road at Newtown. Sydney doesn’t get that many country gigs, it is a shame that they were on the same night.

Michael’s album (see earlier review on Sideshow), was released this year, much to the relief and joy to all of his fans and no doubt, Michael!  It is lovely hearing Michael LIVE and he was at his cheeky best, even without his partner in crime, Luke O’Shea.

These nights work best when their music styles are different and their personalities mesh. Such was the case last night. They all love to talk as much as they love to play. Mick let his guitar playing do the talking, and oh boy, how that guitar could talk.

Rose was in good form, mainly singing songs off her new album (see review of Time is Now). Her voice is as powerful and as soulful as ever.

Lyn was a surprise. I knew of Dear Orphans, but I wasn’t very familiar with their music. Lyn stepped in at the last minute when Emma couldn’t make it and she did a fine job. Her songs were sad and meaningful and her voice has a great range.

With these sessions, you don’t just get to know their music and the origins of their music, you get to know a little bit more about the people themselves and sometimes you get to meet new musicians to your world and open up a whole new can of music.

I have seen and heard some wonderful performers on these nights. They are held once a month on a Thursday at Petersham Bowlo. For $10, you will have a ripper of a night.


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