What is music hunter ?
Based in the Blue Mountains on the Western edge of Sydney, Music Hunter is more than a booking agency and different from a traditional promoter. Music Hunter has a unique approach to showcasing live music.
We are grounded in a commitment to bring incredible musicians to brave, curious audiences. We are creating a community of people who care about music, who dare to venture beyond the mainstream, and who enjoy the thrill of discovery and that warm, tingly connected feeling you share with a pack of music lovers at a live performance.
Live music is good for your health. We've known this anecdotally for ages, & now the scientists have weighed in. Listening to live music promotes mental & physical health & wellbeing.
Musicians need audiences and audiences need music.
It's not just a transaction, it's a very special thing. Music Hunter is about nurturing the connection between us.
Making a contribution feels good. So does being a part of something big.
Volunteer to crew or help out. Music Hunter gigs are built on community inclusion.
gigs +& Tix
Award winning Music Hunter is now 12.5 yrs old & has presented a great selection of concerts this year in the Blue Mountains & Beyond.
We are going to miss your company at our concluded AFTERNOON DELIGHTS series after 50 thrilling concerts of exceptional live music designed for adventurous audiences DOWNSTAIRS at the Avalon.
We loved being involved with the LIVE AT THE VILLAGE Festival on the 27TH August at The Blue Mountains Theatre.The presentation of music reflected a global celebration of original contemporary musical fusions.
Fancy a weekend away?
16/17/18 September 2022 we're touring CARIBÉ- Music and dance ensemble to the countryside; Kandos Community Hall, Wellington Civic Centre and Prince of Wales Opera House, Gulgong. Scroll down to buy tickets.
We are keeping the slate clear to show up and support the twice cancelled and once rescheduled Blue Mountains Music Festival in October.
We've delivered constant music presentations over the last tough years, and we think we've earned a phase to rest, rejuvenate and reimagine.
Cheers Meg Benson
Founder of Music Hunter.
SCROLL DOWN + GET YOUR TICKETS TO UPCOMING GIGS.
16 SEP- KANDOS
18 SEP- GULGONG
Enthusiastic Afro-Cuban music & dance ensemble bring their trademark high energy original Latin jazz. and dance steps to festive halls in Regional NSW.
Immersive stage lighting and classic Cuban rhythms are paired with impressive choreography. Compositions are by band leader saxophonist Gai Bryant, "a bright light in Australian women’s jazz..
Together they combine to present a show of spectacular artistry in this 9-piece ensemble's tour which is supported by Create NSW.
Dancers exude unmatched elegance, exoticism & Cubanissimo, while the band share recollections and anecdotes of their cultural stories. With crisp audio, all is set against a backdrop of film footage taking you straight to the heart of Cuba.
The band will invite the audience to dance.
Select a ticket link in pink below from your choice of the tour dates.
Kandos Community Hall.
Or at Number 47 Luee St Rylstone.
Wellington Civic Centre.
or at Wellington Arts Gallery
Prince of Wales Opera House, Gulgong.
or at Gulgong Post Office
The kinds of musicians who play Music Hunter gigs aren't your mainstream FM-friendly joes. These people are virtuosos from the Blue Mountains, around Australia and around the world.
Some of them play rare instruments, even instruments they have made themselves.
Or they might play rarely performed styles, or blend traditional and contemporary forms to create something unique. They might be well known or not so well known, but they will always be extraordinary musicians who perform at the fringes and on the edges.
Whatever the case, the musicians who play Music Hunter gigs are deeply talented people who care about the music they play and the audiences they play to.
Music Hunter audiences are made up of adventurous souls who dare to go beyond the classics and the safe territory of the charts. Our audiences are curious explorers. They like to take a chance on something they've never heard before. That's how you experience the joy of discovery. And once they've experienced a Music Hunter concert, they always come back.
Music Hunter is all about building a community of music lovers. It's a team effort, this task. We've been able to do it because of the support of some amazing people and partners whom we'd like very much to acknowledge.
Cheers to Kindlehill Performance Space for the use of their magnificent cob and timber hall. This warm, intimate space is where magic happens. Thumbs up to Blue Mountains Theatre, The Metropole, The Carrington, Hotel Gearin & Scenic World for being champion partners. Since Covid restrictions lifted mid 2020, we've had a home base DOWNSTAIRS at Avalon Restaurant, providing employment every week for musicians.
And, of course, cheers to the many volunteers who crew, shoot photographs and stick up posters and do the not-so-glamourous behind-the-scenes stuff that keeps Music Hunter cracking on.
Our community gives to us and we like to give back. Not everyone has the dosh to go to concerts, which is why we will happily exchange tickets for some mucking in. There are many ways you can volunteer to help Music Hunter by contributing skills and time and heavy lifting.
Big Love to our talented photographers;
If you fancy helping out, sling Meg an email.
custom music hunting
Weddings, parties, functions, whatever. It's not always easy to find the right musicians that suit the mood and the crowd for your do. So who do you call?
Music Hunter founder Meg Benson loves nothing better than tracking down the exactly right brilliant musos to play at your do. With 27 years experience living and playing in the MTNS music scene, Meg knows a huge number of musos in the mountains, Sydney and beyond - musos who can play in all sorts of genres and styles, and who can cater to a mixed audience of still listeners and irrepressible dancers.
FYI Meg can also artfully dress your space in a style befitting the audience and occasion. You give her the brief - elegant or quirky or playful or outrageous - whatever you need, Meg delivers.