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Music Hunter

BRILLIANT MUSO'S,  ADVENTUROUS AUDIENCES

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.  

 

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Live music is good for your health. We've known this anecdotally for ages, and now the scientists have weighed in. Listening to live music promotes mental health and 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 

Afternoon Delights

DOWNSTAIRS at Avalon

July 03, 2020

MUSIC HUNTER PRESENTS AFTERNOON DELIGHTS- A SEASON OF INTIMATE MUSICAL PERFORMANCES, CURATED FOR ADVENTUROUS AUDIENCES.

Join us each Sat at 3pm, in the charming Avalon DOWNSTAIRS lounge, with a COMPLIMENTARY MULLED WINE on arrival, before enjoying a two set LIVE performance by brilliant musicians.

18 Katoomba Street

Tickets are $50pp and are strictly limited to 19 guests at each performance. As well as the complimentary mulled wine on arrival, a menu of wine, craft beer & small plates will also be available.

 

*Coming soon*
Vazesh: Lloyd Swanton, Hamed Sadeghi & Jeremy Rose
Gai Bryant and Ed Goyer,  Yulugi, Matt Tonks,  Elsen Price, Miriam Lieberman.

Deta and Rob from The Beez

Afternoon Delights, DOWNSTAIRS at Avalon

October 30, 2020

It's a Sat, 3-5pm

(Please arrive 2.45pm-3pm for a 3.10pm start).

Music Hunter presents Afternoon Delights - a season of intimate musical performances for Adventurous audiences, every sat and on this occasion we feature Deta and Rob from The Beez

The Beez are a yodellin´, thigh slappin’, lederhosen wettin´ fest of German music featuring Deta C. Rayner (accordion,vocals) and Rob Rayner (guitar, vocals). You´ll thrill to comic classics from the likes of Rammstein and Kraftwerk; you´ll tear off that dirndl and shake a Teutonic Tailfeather when you catch a glimpse of Nena´s 99 Red Balloons; you´ll swoon to Marlene Dietrich´s Lili Marlene but, most of all, you´ll be entertained-and that´s an order!

But wait! That´s not all! You´ll also experience the „Germafied“ canon of Oz Rock in all its Polka glory. Cover your ears as the likes of Barnsey and Farnsy are blitzed into polka oblivion. In The Beez own words- “If you´re not a polka fan it´s looking really bad, ´cause this might be the longest evening you have ever had”. The Last Plane Out of Sydney´s almost gone but, regrettably, The Beez are not on board.

Join us each Sat at 3pm, in the charming Avalon DOWNSTAIRS lounge, with a complementary drink on arrival, before enjoying a two set LIVE performance by brilliant musicians.


Tickets are $50pp & includes a complimentary drink. Avalon Restaurant 18, Katoomba St, Katoomba 2780.

Capacity is limited to 19 guests at each performance and people are appropriately distanced. A menu of wine, craft beer & small plates are also available.

Dee (aka Andie)

Afternoon Delights, DOWNSTAIRS at Avalon

November 06, 2020

It's a Sat, 3-5pm

(Please arrive 2.45pm-3pm for a 3.10pm start).

Music Hunter presents Afternoon Delights - a season of intimate musical performances for Adventurous audiences every Sat and on this occasion we feature Dee, aka Andie.


Previously known as Andie, DEE has chosen to rebrand herself amidst a new stage in life.

DEE has made a shift from accompanying herself on electric guitar towards nylon string guitars, to convey the somber and epic nature of her current soulful folk songwriting.

Standing at 4’11 and half, with steel lungs, infectious laughs and a totally DIY kitted out school bus as a house, DEE is synonymous with her raw lyricism and relatable energy.

Join us each Sat at 3pm, in the charming Avalon DOWNSTAIRS lounge, with a complementary drink on arrival, before enjoying a two set LIVE performance by brilliant musicians.


Tickets are $50pp & includes a complimentary drink. Avalon Restaurant 18, Katoomba St, Katoomba 2780.

Capacity is limited to 19 guests at each performance and people are appropriately distanced. A menu of wine, craft beer & small plates are also available

Dreams of Falling 

Afternoon Delights, DOWNSTAIRS at Avalon

November 13, 2020

It's a Sat, 3-5pm

(Please arrive 2.45pm-3pm for a 3.10pm start).

Music Hunter presents Afternoon Delights - a season of intimate musical performances for Adventurous Audiences every Sat and on this occasion we feature Dreams of Falling. John Shand- on spoken word and percussion, Rebecca Daniel- violin and vocals and Martyn Cook on Irish harp.

Dreams of Falling creates diaphanous music both as an end in itself and to frame the poetry of Walkley Award-winning writer John Shand. This new incarnation of the group comprises acclaimed violinist Rebecca Daniel, Celtic harpist Martyn Cook and John on percussion and words. The music variously draws on English and Celtic folk traditions, or consists of improvised soundscapes and dialogues. When combined with poetry that can be meditative, searing, humorous, erotic or surreal, the upshot is a series of sonic dreams in which to forget a more prosaic world.

 

Join us each Sat at 3pm, in the charming Avalon DOWNSTAIRS lounge, with a complementary drink on arrival, before enjoying a two set LIVE performance by brilliant musicians.


Tickets are $50pp & includes a complimentary drink. Avalon Restaurant 18, Katoomba St, Katoomba 2780.

Capacity is limited to 19 guests at each performance and people are appropriately distanced. A menu of wine, craft beer & small plates are also available

Close to Forever

Afternoon Delights, DOWNSTAIRS at Avalon

November 20, 2020

It's a Sat, 3-5pm

(Please arrive 2.45pm-3pm for a 3.10pm start).

Music Hunter presents Afternoon Delights - a season of intimate musical performances for Adventurous Audiences every Sat and on this occasion we feature Close to Forever. 

 

They will perform two special sets, selecting from their very diverse repertoire of originals and classic songs of love and loss, death and desire.

 

DALE CALDWELL-vocals ( Voices from the Vacant Lot, Martenitsa)

BEN FINK- guitar- effects-vocals (The Whitlams, King Clam)

CHRIS ABRAHAMS-piano and organ (The Necks)

PETER HOLLO- cello (Tangents, Fourplay)

Sharing their handcrafted interpretations of songs of love, loss, sorrow and joy, the listener will be transported to a world of lush harmonies, beautiful silences and timeless melodies. Armed with just their voices, one guitar, haunting atmospheric effects and the deep resonance of Peter Hollo

on cello, they will share original works and favourite rarities including pieces by Nina Simone, Tim Buckley and traditional laments.

 

Their eponymous debut EP was launched in 2014 and their forthcoming CD, featuring the full band, is mixed and in the process of being mastered.

This will definitely be worth the wait when it’s unleashed on the world in the next few months.

Join us each Sat at 3pm, in the charming Avalon DOWNSTAIRS lounge, with a complementary drink on arrival, before enjoying a two set LIVE performance by brilliant musicians.


Tickets are $50pp & includes a complimentary drink. Avalon Restaurant 18, Katoomba St, Katoomba 2780.

Capacity is limited to 19 guests at each performance and people are appropriately distanced. A menu of wine, craft beer & small plates are also available

Earthly Delights, Radio Blue Mountains

Listen in to 89.1 FM 5-7pm every Monday-music, art, community & conversation.

May 19, 2019

Meg Benson hosts Earthly Delights, a show that takes a look under the creative rug of Katoomba and the Greater Blue Mountains, giving an occasional nod to our inspiring natural surrounds, and at times the latests current affairs. 

 

As one of the Mountain's imaginative and enduring music event organisers over the last decade, and longer still with her work in the community sector, Meg has an insight into the what, who, where and why of the Blue Mountains. Come and taste the flavour of your community.

Listen to Meg's interview on Disaster recovery via podcast with Blue Mountains representatives, Susan Templeman, Mark Greenhill and Trish Doyle. They each chose a song too! 

Art Of Lunch

Music Hunter is the Musical Matchmaker for Art of Lunch.

May 30, 2020

There is an art to lunch, and in 2019 it was a delight to engage loads of visual artists and musicians over a 6 month season.

Due to Corona postpona we look forward to bringing you the ultimate sensory feast again in 2021.

Art of Lunch events include creative cuisines,  arts & engaging performances. Meet the artist, with an interview facilitated by Meg Benson. All artworks are for sale. 

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THE MUSICIANS

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. 

THE AUDIENCE

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. 

THE COMMUNITY

 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 GearinScenic World for being champion partners. 

 

Many thanks too to Daz's  Blissbeat Curry for catering many of our gigs with delicious soup, chai and cake.  

 

Our pristine listening experiences are enabled by BM Audio,  or KFM media. 

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; 

Look Sharp, Inertia,  Brigitte Grant,  Sue Daley,  David Brazil Photography.

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.

 

 

 

Join the Music Hunter community

'Music produces a kind of pleasure ​which human nature cannot do without.'
Confucius 
 
 
Music Hunter is a supporter of The Haze Mag and is a Network Partner of the Blue Mountains Creative Arts Network.
Music Hunter is proud to bank with Bendigo Bank, who give back significant funds to the community.
Music Hunter is a member of  TOOLO & supports the share economy.
Meg Benson of Music Hunter hosts a regular radio show on Mondays 5-7pm  called Earthly Delights 89.1 FM, Radio Blue Mountains, rbm.org.au. 
Thanks also to the work of Brad from Blue Mountains Live in his efforts to celebrate live music in the Mountains.
Earthly Delights with Meg Benson on 89.1FM
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Giving back funds to out community.
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