BRILLIANT MUSO'S,  ADVENTUROUS AUDIENCES

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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, 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, for a LIVE performance by brilliant musicians.

Downstairs at Avalon is at 18 Katoomba Street, near the train station. 
Tickets are $50pp and are strictly limited to 19 guests at each performance and from the 1st Dec, we'll be welcoming 26 people.  A menu of wine, craft beer & small plates will also be available.

Mataya and Micky

Afternoon Delights, DOWNSTAIRS at Avalon

November 27, 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 Mataya (vocasl/keys) and Micky (Saxophones)

They will perform two special sets, selecting from their diverse repertoire of originals and classic songs.From R&B/soul and jazz, to hip-hop and electronic dance bangers, there is nothing this multi-dimensional musician Mataya can’t do. However, the real magic is in her solo work. Honest and authentic, this music isn’t trying to be anything other than raw. Creating music that is layered, sonically and technically, yet still understandable for any listener, Mataya treads the line in between complexity and digestibility perfectly. If her first few releases are anything to go by, it is exciting to see what’s ahead for this young powerhouse as her solo career begins to take flight. https://mataya.com.au/Sydney, Australia: Triple J Hottest 100 featured artist Mataya releases her second single 'You' ._ Her silky vocals infused with jazz and R&B overtones make for a fresh contemporary sound. Mataya hails from a small town located at the peak of the misty Blue Mountains in NSW, which is not only a famous tourist location but also synonymous with producing some of Australia’s most successful home grown talent.The Blue Mountains has bred the likes of nationally recognised bands and artists such as Hiatus Kaiyote, Urthboy, Hermitude, Thundamentals, and plenty more exciting independent talent.Growing up in a musical family Mataya has been performing on stage with her father, Michael Young, since she was 10-years-old.A multi-instrumentalist, mainly known for her vocal abilities, Mataya chooses to demonstrate her othertalents as a keyboard player and violinist when recording. Her latest single ‘You’ showcases her well recognised vocal sound intertwined with subtle yet complex vocal harmonies, paying tribute to her music education and background in jazz studies. Production by A2 aka The Brown Wunda and executive production by gold record holder PON CHO brings this old school Eryka Badu-esque sound into the 21st century with a brilliant mix of young and old.

Join us each Sat at 3pm, in the charming Avalon DOWNSTAIRS lounge, and enjoy a two set LIVE performance by brilliant musicians.


Tickets are $50pp & includes $15 credit off your individual bill. 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

John Stuart and James Greening

Afternoon Delights, DOWNSTAIRS at Avalon

December 04, 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 John Stuart on guitar and James Greening on trombones.

 

James Greening and John Stuart have been involved in music together for many years, whether it be recording film scores at Paradise Studios or playing scorching nights with Jackie Orszaczky at the Rose of Australia.

 

Afternoon Delights find these two in relaxed duo mode. The unusual combination of trombone and guitar proves surprisingly mellifluous and exciting.

 

James and John play songs. The main criteria is that the tunes are strong. Composers range from Duke Ellington to Jimmy Webb, Harold Arlen to Lennon and Macartney.

 

Come along and listen as these two fabulous musicians explore these lovely melodies.

John Stuart is a session musician and Live musician known for his playing in the Three Handed Beat Bandits, Snake Town Rattlers, Rachel Hannan duo, The Field, Babalu, and for his

Sound Heaven Studios, a premier boutique recording studio

based in the Blue Mountains. Some of the artists that have used the studio include Hermitude, Thundamentals, Urthboy, Pugsley Buzzard, Kate Rowe and Rachel Brady.

 

Search JAMES GREENING - TROMBONE and a plethora of projects past and present will hit the screen. James Greening has been a leading voice in the music scene in Sydney and Australia for more than thirty years. Trombones, pocket trumpet, slide trumpet, tuba, sousaphone and diddly bow bass add to James' diversity as a performer. His roots are in any music that grooves, expressed more often in jazz as a founding member of seminal Australian jazz bands such as Ten Part Invention, Wanderlust, the catholics, the Umbrellas and the Australian Art Orchestra.

 

“I can’t think of anyone in the entire country who touched so many different musicians in so many different ways” – John Shand The Sydney Morning Herald.

 

https://www.jamesgreening.net

Join us each Sat at 3pm, in the charming Avalon DOWNSTAIRS lounge, and enjoy a two set LIVE performance by brilliant musicians.


Tickets are $50pp & includes $15 credit off your individual bill. 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

Craig Walters and Gary Daley

Afternoon Delights, DOWNSTAIRS at Avalon

December 11, 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 Craig Walters and Gary Daley 

Craig  and Gary will perform two special sets. They have a long association going back to the 1990’s, they will be performing jazz standards from the "American Song Book" and some original pieces from Craig. Their music has an emphasis on improvising that is intimate and melodic. Craig and Gary have performed together in many different situations, particularly Gary’s own band “Heavy Weather” which recorded several albums.

​Craig Walters has worked as a professional musician in Sydney since 1985, during that time he has been a much sought after soloist in many bands, he has worked with everyone from James Morrison to Marcia Hynes, Bob Mintzer, Michael Bublè, Don Rader Quintet, Mike Nock Quartet, Dave McCrae Quartet, Mark Isaacs Quartet, Sydney All Star Big Band, Sydney Jazz Orchestra and many others.

Craig Walters trio
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCchOD5yVShBZIc2mzpwdL

Danny Charmichael Big Band
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCchOD5yVShBZIc2mzpwdL

Gary Daley is best known as a musician playing in some of the elite bands of Australian jazz; currently James Greening’s band Greening from Ear to Ear and the jazz-world music band The catholics. He leads the quartet Bungarribee which features his own compositions and interpretations from the classical repertoire. Gary plays acoustic and electric piano, organ and also the piano accordion. Another side to Gary is his appearances week days on the ABC TV children’s channel in the pre-school show Lah Lah’s Adventures.
http://garydaley.com.au

Join us each Sat at 3pm, in the charming Avalon DOWNSTAIRS lounge, and enjoy a two set LIVE performance by brilliant musicians.


Tickets are $50pp & includes $15 credit off your individual bill. 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. Since Covid restrictions lifted mid 2020, we've had a home base DOWNSTAIRS at Avalon Restaurant, providing employment every week for musicians. 

 

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

 

Our pristine listening experiences are enabled by BM Audio, Crisp 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.
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