Bird In Hand Winery has to be one of the most beautiful places in Australia and provided the perfect backdrop for Julia Stone to perform songs off her new album ‘By The Horns’ on Sunday.
It’s a great feeling when an artist manages to surprise you. I felt that Julia Stone displayed a talent that wasn’t always evident during previous albums with her brother Angus.
The ARIA award winning brother-sister duo (who have gone their separate ways this year to release solo albums) have proven to be just as powerful separately as they are together.
Julia genuinely looked like she was enjoying herself as she took to the stage among the beautiful oak barrels of the Barrell Hall.
Julia has certainly stuck to her indie/folk roots with her solo album, but let’s be honest, you don’t get much more indie/folk than Angus and Julia Stone.
While the crowds began to pour into the Adelaide Hills winery as early as 5pm, it was worth the 3 and a half hour wait to see Julia if only to watch the sun go down over the vineyards.
Local band Wild Oats opened the show and if I had on criticism, it would be that there could have been bands playing the whole afternoon to remind people that this was a concert, not just an excuse to drink amazing wine!
Julia didn’t disappoint, playing old favourites from her albums with Angus like ‘All The Boys’ and covers from Fleetwood Mac and Grease.
She was down to earth, funny and above all very talented and entertaining.
Bird In Hand Winery is quickly establishing itself as one of Adelaide’s premium concert venues.
They’ve managed to host some of Australia’s leading musical talent like Megan Washington, The Audreys and Sarah McLeod, carving out a niche market which will surely guarantee that South Australia no longer misses out on the national tours of some of these amazing artists.
The winery is perfect for the concertgoer who wants a relaxed, classy vibe and a day of amazing gourmet food and premium wine.
I can only imagine that the winery will be an even more amazing venue in Summer under the stars!