Sydney’s musical landscape is broad and dynamic. #SheSociety was taken to one of Sydney’s favourite boutique music venues, Camelot Lounge, Cnr Marrickville Rd & 103 Railway Pde, Marrickvile NSW.
Like many old industrial buildings converted into popular venues, it flourishes with its quirky character and has multi-generational space to entertain young and old. Their music is dynamic with outstanding world class acts, singer songwriters from diverse ethnicity, jazz, folk, blues, cabaret, comedy and much more.
They have two intimate rooms with two stages Camelot and Django and private bookings are available.
We sat upstairs in the low lit Camelot retro room where I was introduce to “lots of camel” figurines, all shapes and sizes, and Klezmer music, a musical tradition of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe. It has a gypsy quality about it most likely due to its stylistic origins coming from Romania, Greece, Ukraine, Poland, Hungary and Turkey.
The band Monsieur Camembert was formed in 1997 and have won three ARIA Music Awards. They took the audience on a magical musical journey to many of the eastern countries, at times infused us with the influence of Leonard Cohen’s music.
What an magnificent live versatile band. For our evening we were indulged with seven spirited musicians. From pianist come accordionists to a saxophonist who also played the clarinet, flute, piccolo, double base, violinist, acoustic guitar, drummer, lead singer & rhythm guitarist. Needless to say I purchased one of their CD’s as I prefer to support local bands on site.
Everything there wooed me, even their home baked pizzas and apple strudel. If I was a local it would be my favourite hang out, but certainly a ‘must go to place’ when staying in Sydney.
As they say at the Camelot Lounge it is “where the music is curated to showcase the most wonderful acts from around the world”.
www.camelotlounge.com (02) 9550 3777
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