The Banana Sessions
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The Banana Sessions

Band Folk Acoustic




"Some Dudes On A Train (Nov 08)"

We're on the last train home, and it's mobbed. It's Sunday night. Some have been at Kanye West, some have been at TV On The Radio, some have been at Fucked Up, all are very tired. There's a dude sitting on the floor with a guitar, another with a bongo, another with a flute, and a lady is sitting, singing: Jump by Van Halen, Toxic by Britney Spears, Girls & Boys by Blur, No Limit by 2 Unlimited, and more. There's a part of me, the gnarly curmudgeonly part, that wants to be cynical, wants to deride them as hippy bloody students; but can't. An older gentleman is sitting behind them, loving it. 'I've misjudged the youth of today,' he thinks, 'because they get in my way and annoy me - but look at this!' Someone says "better than that support band!", and everyone agrees, no sarcasm in sight. Sure, we could all be pithy and dismissive, but why ruin the vibe? They give us a sticker, it says The Banana Sessions. How appropriate for a guerilla gig, boom tish. Check them out. - The Skinny


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If The Banana Sessions were a day, they would be a Sunday…

Chilled out, easy going, plenty of cuppas and some good banter. Everything a good Sunday should be. Not to say that you shouldn’t enjoy them every day of they week. Indeed, they provide one of your five a day fruit and veg. Probably.

The love of the good chat over a cup of tea (and a banana or three) led to guitar-wielding folkie and producer Calum Wood and soulful vocalist/DJ/pirate Roberta Pia writing some songs, starting off with the tale of a monkey (called Steve) who fell out of a tree.

Songs of sunshine, caterpillars, brews, pirates (of course) and stranger encounters soon followed, and the inevitable mission to bring these smiles to the unsuspecting public began.

Somewhere along the lines they found a flute player by the name of Tom Pickles, on the run from his classical background, who later produced a whistle and a melodica - all in the name of variety. He was joined by the somewhat legendary local jazz drummer Calum McIntyre who brought his djembe to spice up the brew, but keep things acoustic too.

Their blend of styles and influences make The Banana Sessions a little hard to categorise, at least without beginning to sound like a shopping list. ‘Tropical progressive anti-folk’, perhaps? Not sure what that even means, but it sounds good.

Just like The Banana Sessions.

The band have been rapidly gaining a reputation as purveyors of quality musicianship with equal quantities of fun in Edinburgh and beyond, curating their own ’Unpeeled’ acoustic nights, being given a late night residency at the ever-eclectic Jazz Bar, and entertaining the patrons of several festivals on acoustic, cabaret and headline stages , plus around many campfires, including at the legendary Knockengorroch ‘Hairth’ festival in Dumfriesshire. They were even spotted by Scottish music paper The Skinny playing for an enthusiastic crowd aboard a train from Glasgow to Edinburgh late one Sunday night, gaining a 4 star review for their efforts…