Irish band delight Perth commuters with free train concert on Midland and Fremantle lines
MOST commuters on Perth trains are accustomed to scrolling through their phones or head down in a book when they travel - so there was a pleasant surprise in store for them on Monday.
Because when passengers boarded the Midland line from Maylands yesterday afternoon, little did they know they were about to be treated to a free concert.
As per their normal routine, high energy, traditional Irish band The Broken Pokers caught the train on their way to a gig in Cottesloe.
And proving they’re up for the craic, pulled out they’re instruments for a jam.
“We’re on the train, we just pulled into Mount Lawley, we’re on the last carriage, so if you want to come join us for some tunes on the train, check out the last carriage and we’ll see you at Perth at 3.30.” said band manager Derrick Buckley.
Among those on the train was Niamh Campbell, who pulled out her phone to capture it for it Facebook.
The video has since gone viral - viewed by more than 80,000 people.
Speaking about the eventful train journey Ms Campbell said it made a pleasant change from your ordinary commute.
“Usually people are head down concentrating on Facebook on their phones, so it was great to see everyone enjoying a bit of music and having a good time,” she said.
“Because the Royal Show was on at the Showgrounds there was a very big crowd by the end of it and everyone was getting into the spirit of it.”
Unlike some of the more unsuspecting passengers Ms Campbell said she knew the unusual concert was on the cards.
“Often when they have a gig in Cottesloe they will announce on Facebook that they will be on the train and will play a few songs.
“There were other people who weren’t in the band who brought their instruments along, jumped on the train, and joined in.
“I didn’t realise that quite so many people would watch the video though... I just wish I had uploaded it to my business page!”
And it wasn’t just the regulars who got behind the cheap gig.
Many took to Ms Campbell’s Facebook post to praise the entertainment.
“Irish music ... the only way to travel.” One user wrote.
“I love all the funky stuff that happens on our trains. I’m proud to be a West Aussie,” said another.