A Win for Live Music: Spotlight at the Windsor Alehouse
Spotlight returned with a bang to the Windsor Alehouse last Saturday!
Together with the guys from Last Monument, we handpick the artists and provide the platform for emerging artists in Melbourne to strut their stuff. That’s the easy part. After that our job is simply to sit back and enjoy.
Saturday the 25th November featured 3 acoustic singer-songwriters who certainly aren’t lacking in talent or personality. Having interviewed all three in the lead-up to the event, and knowing them all personally, they are all such lovely human beings (which is DEFINITELY part of the criteria.)
They are all also incredibly supportive of each other; such an underrated attribute to have in what can be a fickle music industry at times. Cheering each other on during and between sets, their positive energy is simply infectious.
Emily Hatton kicked proceedings off with her delightfully upbeat stage banter and lovely country-meets-folk vibe, with a pop sensibility to boot. Originals ‘Blame’, ‘Why’ and ‘Fatal Attraction’ tell darker tales of romantic woe while ‘Breathless’ offered some light to balance it all out.
Amanda Bier stepped it up a notch, juxtaposing her folkie originals with pub classics to keep the growing audience happy (cue Wonderwall!) It was her originals that really stood up though, with ‘Moths’ and ‘Sticks and Stones’ lulling the crowd into awestruck silence.
By the time Kiwat Kennell got on stage, he didn’t have to do much as the others had well and truly warmed the crowd up. A local legend around Melbourne, Kiwat is the master of mash-ups and extended jam sessions. The man just oozes charisma and energy.
Right from the get-go Ki-Mash (see what I did there?) brought this energy and took it to a whole new level. As one classic meshed seamlessly into another, the set felt like one continuous song, giving the Alehouse patrons plenty to sing along to.
After the final 10-minute encore, one very happy (and incoherent) customer was particularly devastated. As they say though, good things must come to an end.
Bringing emerging artists into the Spotlight and helping them thrive isn’t just a passion of mine, it’s what I do. It’s not simply a lifestyle choice but a calling that has been thrust upon me to share with the world. Emerging artists with the calibre of Emily, Amanda and Kiwat are exactly the reason why.
Want to find out more about each artist or Spotlight events? Links below!
Spotlight Events: https://www.facebook.com/spotlightmusicevents/
Kiwat Kennell: https://www.facebook.com/kiwatkennellmusic/
Amanda Bier: https://www.facebook.com/AmandaBierMusic/
Emily Hatton: https://www.facebook.com/emilyhattonmusic/