Sunday sessions proving to be a musical success

Strumming tunes on a Sunday afternoon has become a tradition at the Ceduna Foreshore Hotel and organisers say the music sessions are continuing to grow.

The open mic ‘Ceduna Sunday Sessions’ take place on the first Sunday of each month, with the amps turned off for the final time in 2018 last Sunday.

What started five years ago as a small group of musicians having a jam has morphed into a great day of music for the community.

Originally organised by James Taylor and Makenzi Harrison, the crew has grown to now include Bugi Weaver, Marcus Tanke and Ben Chandler. 

Mr Weaver said sessions were a free-for-all affair depending on numbers present and what people felt like playing.

“It’s whatever goes on any given day,” he said.

“We have acoustic and electric guitars, bass, drum kits and you will get bands or solo artists playing – you may have somebody on an acoustic and then someone could joins on the drums.

“You get an eclectic mix at these sessions.”

Mr Weaver said there were more musicians involved these days and it generated a larger crowd following.

“It has come a long way since the inception and is definitely growing,” he said.

“When it started only a few would rock up and play guitar, but it has grown, especially with the crowd where you have the regulars rock up and others who come past too.

“It is a family-friendly day too, I take my kids down there and I have a song that me and my kids play – they sing – and there is always something for the beginner kids, for example we have had a few learning an instrument who have a go.”

Whether blues, country or rock n’ roll, Mr Weaver said you could hear many styles throughout a session.

He estimated there was about 15 to 20 different musical acts performing during any given session and was a chance for local musicians to “get out of their bedrooms”.

“There are so many out there who can play an instrument but don’t have an outlet to network with other musicians, so this is a good way for people of diverse backgrounds to come together,” Mr Weaver said.

“People who wouldn’t normally associate get a chance to meet and play together, and you get tourists staying at the pub who might hear the music and come and play too.

“The crowd always loves the day and it has a bit of a following now.”

Mr Weaver said the sessions, which run from 3pm to about 8.30pm, would be back in 2019.

The sessions are free to watch, while performers get a free drink.