Of all the free events that have taken place over the summer, and lean towards the indie vibe, Summer Sessions has to be the one I've been most looking forward to. Unashamedly artisan, the free sessions of music, art and culture look just that bit nicer with my money safely in my pocket.
I've been excited about the mac's end of summer offering because it sounds like home. Although my grandparents are Jamaican born and bred, my grandfather used to always listen to a mixture of reggae and country blues - the original records that scratched a little as he played them. Mellow Peaches are a prime example of the music I remember so vividly, and every time I hear the deep blues with a rough vocal I always hark back to the countless times my grandparents would dance around the living room when my sisters and I came over.
Mellow Peaches provide what my grandparents called 'real music', and I couldn't agree more. 'Real' music doesn't have a price, and the crowd just bob along, or at least I tend to at these sort of events.
Abie's Miracle Tonic, although similar, are a shift from the sounds of MP, but nonetheless exciting. If you're into off-the-cuff music like Scroobius Pip then you'll like this. Thankfully they only lean ever so slightly in Pip's direction, and are mostly a faster, contemporary interpretation of folk music. Personally, it's the swing, country sounds like I prefer, but if that's your thing they're on for an hour.
While MP seem to have my heart, I've no doubt I'll be jigging along with those who may have read this article. Time to put your easy going hat on, and start tapping your foot.