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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 20 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.

 

4/7/20: James Greening & Gary Daley
11/07/20: Horse&Wood
18/07/20 Llew & Mara Kiek

25/07/20 Paco Lara
*Coming soon*
Varesh: Lloyd Swanton, Hamed Sadeghi & Jeremy Rose
Gai Bryant Duo, Elsen Price, Miriam Lieberman.

Daley & Greening at Afternoon Delights

DOWNSTAIRS at Avalon

July 03, 2020

James Greening (Trombone/ Trumpet) & Gary Daley (Keys) have performed together in multiple musical settings for many years. Most notably, The catholics.

 

They have, however, discovered a unique connection playing as a duo. Sharing a deep love for improvisation and a wide ranging repertoire these highly respected musicians will take you on a beautiful and at times energetic journey. 

 

Tickets $50 -Includes complimentary drink

3-5pm ( Please arrive no more than 5 mins early- set starts 3.20pm) 

Downstairs at Avalon Restaurant 18, Katoomba St, Katoomba 2780.

Bar and event menu on offer, mulled wine and hot toddies recommended.

Horse & Wood at Afternoon Delights

DOWNSTAIRS at Avalon

July 10, 2020

Music Hunter presents Afternoon Delights - a season of intimate musical performances. Horse & Wood are Bukhu Ganburged and John Robinson who play – Mongolian Horse Head fiddle (Morin Khuur) and al’ Oud (“the wood” in Arabic) combine in a unique fusion of galloping Mongolian rhythms, sparkling harmonic singing, and the warm, evocative nuances of the oud, and other exotic strings.

 

Tickets $50 -Includes complimentary drink

3-5pm ( Please arrive no more than 5 mins early- set starts 3.20pm) 

Downstairs at Avalon Restaurant 18, Katoomba St, Katoomba 2780.

Bar and event menu on offer, mulled wine and hot toddies recommended.

Llew and Mara Kiek at Afternoon Delights

DOWNSTAIRS at Avalon

July 17, 2020

Music Hunter presents Afternoon Delights - a season of intimate musical performances. Llew and Mara Kiek are best known for playing play folk/jazz fusion in their their Aria award winning sensational band Mara! Their duo perform traditional and original music based on several European, Middle Eastern and early music traditions.

Having worked with each other musically for over 40 years and been a couple just a couple of years short of that, they were invited to star in the SOLD OUT Music Hunter concept and production VALENTINES DUETS, a concert with 3 couples and a counsellor at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre. 

Tickets $50 -Includes complimentary drink

3-5pm ( Please arrive no more than 5 mins early- set starts 3.20pm) 

Downstairs at Avalon Restaurant 18, Katoomba St, Katoomba 2780.

Bar and event menu on offer, mulled wine and hot toddies recommended.

Paco Lara at Afternoon Delights

DOWNSTAIRS at Avalon

July 24, 2020

Music Hunter presents Afternoon Delights - a season of intimate musical performances.

 

Embodying the unmistakeable Jerez style of flamenco guitar playing, in all its authenticity, culture and artistry. Acclaimed Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco Lara presents his new album “ THE ANDALUSIAN GUITAR “

Tickets $50 -Includes complimentary drink

3-5pm ( Please arrive no more than 5 mins early- set starts 3.20pm) 

Downstairs at Avalon Restaurant 18, Katoomba St, Katoomba 2780.

Bar and event menu on offer, mulled wine and hot toddies recommended.

Gai Bryant and Ed Goyer at Afternoon Delights

DOWNSTAIRS at Avalon

July 31, 2020

Music Hunter presents Afternoon Delights - a season of intimate musical performances.

A montage of improvisations, textural explorations, spontaneous inventions, free verse and new dreams. Inspired by jazz standards, latin rhythms, new themes and the air of Avalon.

Tickets $50 -Includes complimentary drink

3-5pm ( Please arrive no more than 5 mins early- set starts 3.20pm) 

Downstairs at Avalon Restaurant 18, Katoomba St, Katoomba 2780.

Bar and event menu on offer, mulled wine and hot toddies recommended.

Bandaluzia Flamenco

THIS SHOW HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL 2021- TBA

August 28, 2020

*This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled due to Covid-19. We will update you in the future*

Doors open 7.30pm for 8.30pm start.

Venue: Blue Mountains Theatre
106 Macquarie Road Springwood NSW

Tickets are $36 and $33 concession $3.30 BF applies

Bar service and light snacks will be open.

Bandaluzia Flamenco are  renowned for their powerful performances, unique sound and explosive displays of dazzling musicianship and virtuosity, Bandaluzia Flamenco will ignite the senses with the grace of flamenco.

This acclaimed modern flamenco ensemble is led by Australian guitarist Damian Wright and features award-winning flamenco dancer Jessica Statham.

Caribé

Traditional Cuban dance and music with a modern jazz aesthetic.

February 26, 2021

***Due to COVID19 this event has been rescheduled from May 16th 2020 until 27th February 2021***

Doors open 7.30pm

Free Dance Workshop 7.35pm

Band 8.00pm Start

Venue: Wentworth Falls School of Arts

217 GWH Wentworth Falls

Tickets are $30 and $25 concession

Under 18's $15

Group bookings of 6, 7 or 8 @ $25

Delicious Food and 🍷available on site from 7:30pm

Caribé presents a fast-paced show with seamless transitions from the acrobatic to the elegant. Their performances provide an opportunity for everyone to enjoy Caribbean flair and skill.They're  a melding of 8 musicians and dancers from Sydney’s Cuban, jazz and Latin communities.

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. 

 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.

THE COMMUNITY

 

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 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 hosts a monthly segment on ARTHouse 89.1FM
as well as a regular show on Earthly Delights 89.1 FM both on Radio Blue Mountains.

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