Every now and then you get lucky enough to witness a little bit of magic. If you’re really lucky, it happens in your backyard.

Last night was the beginning of something special – and I think pretty magical. In our backyard, in a dead-end street on top of Ruckers Hill, thirty people squeezed themselves in around our pot plants, munched on pizza and sipped punch and listened to Jess Ribiero play and sing as the summer sun disappeared behind the skyline. Boom. Magic.

What is it about listening to live music that is so wonderful?

Moreover, what is it about listening to live music in your home that leaves you feeling so elated?

We had invited a bunch of friends to this inaugural gig, some that knew each other, many that didn’t. We’d rearranged the backyard to make some seating, shuffled some pot plants, hung fairy lights over the hills hoist, got things ready to make some pizzas on the fly.

Small things really. 

Then the music starts and you can watch all the faces in the crowd listening. Really listening. The intimacy is unreal. It’s magical.

This is what Parlour is all about.

So many thank yous for this first and wonderful evening:

Jess; self-effacing, sultry, beautiful, crazy-talented woman that she is, was perfect.  Thank you Jess! We had a wee PA system that Matt had borrowed from the dudes of Hello Morning (thank you!)

Next Parlour gig is on the 22nd January with the marvelous Brendon Welch. Listen to his cover of Robyn's Dancing on My Own and you'll hear why we're really excited about this one. 

Email Matt at if you want to come along.

Parlour is a web-platform that facilitates the organisation of house concerts like this one. Full site to be launched soon.(!).

Music is coming back into the home.

Get ready for the magic.