The Yarra Sessions, Episode 2: Scott Cook @ The Yarra Hotel

I first heard Scott Cook at one of Rhea Caldwell’s Dear Monday sessions at the Retreat Hotel on Sydney Road in Brunswick. He played on the bill with Mary Webb, and everyone melted. I bought his fourth album One More Time Around. Since then he’s gained a big following around Australia, and is widely loved for his incredible jam sessions and mesmerising stage presence.

Scott had only one or two days in Melbourne on this tour, and it’s a happy chance that we could get him for episode 2 of  An Otherwise Quiet Room.

The Yarra Sessions, Episode 1: Bonnie Love @ Some Velvet Morning

Bonnie Love (AKA Sara Yael) is our first featured songwriter. She used to be part of rakish dance band Rapskallion, and also authors a beautiful line in sparkling costumes. You might find her association with global sensation Gabriella Cohen, if you look closely.

The Furze Brothers (SVM owners/managers) kindly gave permission to shoot the first episode, and film student Aaryn Robinson joined the team to film the series. Bonnie Love had been working behind the jump and it seemed right to ask her to be part of the series: And so the first Episode was born.

An Otherwise Quiet Room is a Melbourne-based video series placing artists (songwriters) in local social spaces, creating shared moments where artists, venue managers, and the host can swap songs and stories in an intimate and relaxed setting. Episodes feature interviews and duets between the featured songwriter and host / creator Mandy Connell. Mandy and her…