Warm Sporran gearing up for Coota's Got Talent

From busking in the streets of Harden and Cootamundra, to staging traditional pub sessions, Eden MacKenzie is all about sharing his love of music.

Eden has started his campaign, close to home, making music with wife Naomi and three children, Dougal, Una and Ethne.

The multi instrumentalist and seasoned musician now leads the family band, Warm Sporran.

Warm Sporran's Dougal MacKenzie plays banjo, mandolin and bouzouki with father  Eden on guitar, vocals, banjo, mandolin and bagpipes, mum  Naomi on guitar and vocals, and sisters Ethne on guitar and Una on bass. The family band will be one of the groups showcased at Coota's got Talent, this Saturday night.

Warm Sporran's Dougal MacKenzie plays banjo, mandolin and bouzouki with father Eden on guitar, vocals, banjo, mandolin and bagpipes, mum Naomi on guitar and vocals, and sisters Ethne on guitar and Una on bass. The family band will be one of the groups showcased at Coota's got Talent, this Saturday night.

Since moving to Cootamundra from Portland, Eden has made it his mission to flush out the closet musicians of the district with sessions at the Albion Hotel in Coota and the Barnes Store in Harden.

Warm Sporran's Dougal MacKenzie.

Warm Sporran's Dougal MacKenzie.

A mechanic by trade, he can also sometimes be found playing the bagpipes in his lunch break in the main street of Harden.

Making music in the family way is not a new concept to Eden, who’s family is firmly rooted in Scottish heritage.

“My dad was a bagpipe teacher and jazz musician, and my mother was a folk singer and guitarist,” he said.

“We want people to come along and join our sessions.  If you can play a few chords, come along and play, if you can sing, sing, and if you can clap, just clap!” 

The band plays a wide range of traditional Celtic music, often with a contemporary twist.

Warm Sporran is one of 20 acts performing at Coota’s got Talent on Saturday, May 19 at the Ex-Service Club.

The showcase of local musicians is a fundraising night for the Southern Cross Care Auxilliary.

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