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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, & 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 yrs old & we have a thrilling selection of concerts on offer in the Blue Mountains & Beyond.

We look forward to continuing our unique concert series AFTERNOON DELIGHTS, designed for adventurous audiences DOWNSTAIRS at the Avalon Restaurant Katoomba, usually on the first Sat of the Month. 

 

We are partnering with our Mountains's state of the arts venue, The BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE again with performances by Caribé- May 7 and Baby et Lulu -June 11.

 

We've also joined the LIVE AT THE VILLAGE production team for their twice rescheduled third time lucky day-long excellent MUSIC FESTIVAL on 27TH August also at The Blue Mountains Theatre.

Rescheduled to 16/17/18 Sept, we're touring CARIBÉ- Music and dance ensemble to the countryside; Kandos Community Hall, Wellington Civic Centre and Prince of Wales Opera House, Gulgong. Fancy a weekend away? 

Coming up at The Clarendon, Katoomba 4-6pm, Sunday 22nd May we have a first nations musician Glenn Skuthorpe and his band. 4-6pm Sunday 31st July at Clarendon we present twice ARIA nominated Eishan Ensemble. 

 

Last year Music Hunter tossed soul sustaining lifelines to musicians and audiences with the Afternoon Delights series after the first covid restrictions lifted. We delivered 45 shows to warm appreciative yet restricted audiences. Then there were the house concerts, events at Kindlehill Performance Space plus the popular Wanderlust Series at the Hub. We've been involved in 60 covidsafe live music events in 2020-21. We supply musicians for your private events or house concerts too. 

With most of the shows SELLING OUT it's a top tip to BOOK EARLY.

Cheers Meg Benson

Founder of Music Hunter.

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Afternoon Delights Series

Saturday, 2nd July 

2pm-4.30pm. 

 

DOWNSTAIRS at Avalon 

18 Katoomba St

1st set starts 2.30pm

Tickets $30/ Intimate venue

Dine and Discover vouchers accepted.

Craft beers, local wines +

sweet & savoury dishes. 

They're folk that resemble everything else- With captivating originals, entertaining stories and incredible energy, they pack punches but have songs to heal your scars.

 

Featuring a foot-stomping Kiwi girl and a Riverina country boy, We Mavericks make music that sounds more than the sum of it’s parts. Lindsay Martin’s masterful strings and vocal meets Victoria Vigenser’s mesmerising voice, with driving rhythms and a connection you have to hear to believe. 

 

The trademark tightness and strangely gritty, evocative performances have seen them on a steep and fast rise to festivals and shows in both home countries; Nominated Australian Folk Music Awards "Artists of the Year, Best Duo/ Group/Ensemble" 2021, nominated “Best Folk Artist 2020” in the Aotearoa (NZ) Music Awards and recipients of the 2020 Troubadour Foundation Award, We Mavericks’ organic blend of lyrical pop and acoustic folk vibes has echoes of soulful Americana and Celtic roots amongst the harmonies. 

 

Now with their keenly-awaited duo debut album “Grief’s a Gardener” they bring connected and grounding original songs in the sort of show that’s sure to leave your tank topped up.

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Sunday 31st July 4-6pm

The Clarendon 

68 Lurline S,t Katoomba.

(Doors open 3.30pm)  

Tix $36 / Conc $32

 

“Eishan Ensemble is a rare attempt in fusing contemporary Persian classical music with modern jazz. While being seemingly disparate traditions, the modal systems of both allows for a flawless combination, as evidenced by the fine compositions on this debut recording.”

Songlines”  UK ★★★★

“casts a spell all its own… astonishing power and convulsive impact…” 

John Shand, SMH★★★★½

 

Led by acclaimed Persian-Australian tar player and composer, Hamed Sadeghi, the twice ARIA nominated Eishan Ensemble draws on contemporary and classical music traditions of both East and West.

Eishan’s repertoire consists predominantly of Sadeghi’s original compositions with diverse improvisatory idioms featured powerfully. Variously described as “Persian chamber jazz” and “Middle-Eastern jazz fusion”, Eishan defies neat labels.

Sadeghi’s psychedelic virtuosity is joined by the individual talents of Michael Avgenicos on saxophone, Adem Yilmaz on percussions, Pedram Layegh on guitar and Maximillian Alduca on double bass to create the layered and sophisticated soundscapes of Eishan.

Formed in 2016 and currently based in Sydney - Australia, Eishan has toured internationally and nationally for numerous times and performed at the most well-known festivals and concert halls. They have been nominated for ARIA Awards and APRA Art Music Awards 2021.

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& the Wild Things

Afternoon Delights Series

Saturday, 6th August

2.30pm-4.30pm. 

 

DOWNSTAIRS at Avalon

18 Katoomba St.

Doors 2pm

Tickets$40/ Intimate venue/ 5 musicians

Dine and Discover vouchers accepted.

Craft beers, local wines +

sweet & savoury dishes. 

Enter a world without labels, where songs and instrumental explorations tenderly stroke your senses. Here one finds intricate, relevant lyrics of weight and beauty, underpinned by profound but constantly fresh acoustic and electric worlds. 

Emily-Rose and the Wild Things will be presenting songs from their newly released album ‘Upon These Open Skins’ as well as some new gems. 

It’s no wonder Emily-Rose’s music has such diverse influences. From performing classical piano in French cathedrals and klezmer accordion across Poland, to playing tango in Buenos Aires and funk keyboards and synths at the infamous Pineapple Lounge, Woodfordia, there isn’t much music Emily-Rose hasn’t explored. You may know her from working world music magic with ARIA nominated group Chaika, singing songs with her duo Little Clouds or improvising solo piano landscapes as ‘Slow Streams’. 

Emily-Rose Sarkova - piano, voice, synths 

Chris Stone - violin

Luke Chapman - guitar

Nick Henderson - bass

Abby Constable - drums

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Afternoon Delights Series

Saturday, 3rd September

2pm-4.30pm. 

 

DOWNSTAIRS at Avalon Restaurant 18 Katoomba St

1st set starts 2.30pm

Tickets $35/ Intimate venue

Dine and Discover vouchers accepted, if booked before June.

Craft beers, local wines +

sweet & savoury dishes. 

The Ben Daley Trio perform improvised jazz music with roots in the folk tradition of storytelling through melody and song. Playing an eclectic mix of iconic music.

known (and some more obscure) jazz standards filtered through the lens of deep communication Reimagined well with improvisation.

Jazz guitarist Ben Daley has been part of the Sydney jazz scene for over 20 years and has performed under his own name and with many other high-profile jazz artists both in Australia and internationally, including John Poche, Judy Baily, Dave Panichi, Jeff Duff among others.

 

Appearing at Wangaratta, Manly and Thredbo jazz festivals, Standon Calling (UK), Shout Festival (Italy) and many more. Ben is a graduate of Australia’s most prestigious music university; The Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he completed a Bachelor of Music majoring in jazz guitar (2005). Ben has recently

been on hiatus from performing while teaching, practising and working relentlessly on music. Ben is a highly skilled guitarist and improviser and will take you on a musical journey not to be missed.

The trio is made up of Sydney based musicians Sam Dobson (acoustic bass) and Tim Geldens (drums). The trio will perform the music of composers ranging from Tom Waits and Stevie Wonder through to songs from the animated 1973 Disney movie Charlotte’s Web along with well known jazz

standards.


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RESCHEDULED FROM MARCH TO SEPT 

Enthusiastic Afro-Cuban music & dance ensemble bring a spectacular collision of memories & multiculturalism, set against original Latin jazz. Caribé tours with their trademark high energy music and dance. 

Immersive stage lighting, classic Cuban rhythms paired with impressive choreography by Adrian Medina plus compositions by saxophonist Gai Bryant, "a bright light in Australian women’s jazz."  Together they combine to present a show of spectacular artistry in this 11-piece ensemble's tour which is supported by Create NSW. 

 

The 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.

 

With NSW covid restrictions eased, the band will invite the audience to dance for specific sets of songs. 

Book now for Caribé

$32-Adults / $27-Concessions

$17- under 18s

Select a ticket link in pink below from your choice of the event dates.

Buy tix for Fri 16 Sept 

Kandos Community Hall.

Or  at Number 47 Luee St Rylstone.

Buy tix for Sat 17 Sept

Wellington Civic Centre.

or at Wellington Arts Gallery

Buy tix for Sun 18 Sept

Prince of Wales Opera House, Gulgong.

or at Gulgong Post Office

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Afternoon Delights Series 

Saturday, ​5th November

2.30pm-4.30pm (doors 2pm)

DOWNSTAIRS at Avalon,

18 Katoomba St, Katoomba.

Tickets $38/ Intimate venue

Dine & Discover vouchers accepted.

Craft beers, local wines +

sweet & savoury dishes. 

Set Me Free is an album collaboration between 9 years imprisoned refugee poet-artist Jalal Mahamede and Australian Art Music Award finalist Keyna Wilkins, working via zoom from his prison cell, with many special guests. It is a musical setting of 12 of his poems around themes of justice and freedom with 19 guest musicians.  In 2021,

Jalal has been in detention for 9 years UNTIL THE END OF LAST YEAR, when he was SET FREE!. It took 9 years until he was offered a trial and verified as a genuine refugee.  Doctors Without Borders described conditions in Nauru refugee camps as "beyond desperate", UNHCR described it as "some of the worst conditions seen" and Amnesty International describes them as "cruel and extreme".

Jalal is a refugee who has committed no crime,   Through this immense pain of encountering 9 years of uncertainty, he has come to an understanding of tragedy, humanity and compassion. His poems are evocative, soulful and beautiful. This is his story set to music.

More info about the music project here 

For more info about Jalal see here.

LISTEN TO A PODCAST OF AN INTERVIEW WITH KEYNA WILKINS hosted by Meg Benson.

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Afternoon Delights Series

Saturday, 3rd Dec 

2pm-4.30pm. 

 

DOWNSTAIRS at Avalon Restaurant 18 Katoomba St

1st set starts 2.30pm

Tickets $35/ Intimate venue

Craft beers, local wines +

sweet & savoury dishes. 

African influences blend seamlessly with blues-infused melodies and soaring vocal harmonies in the music by Sydney singer song-writer, Miriam Lieberman. Her albums are soulful collections of stories, beautifully told through strings, African kora and Lieberman’s unmistakable voice.

 

Amongst the themes, the songs relate a love for the natural world, stories of transformation, motherhood, love, loss and the power of imagination. The music is coloured by Miriam's journeys - from Guinea and Mali, where she studied kora  (West African harp)  to India and Latin America. These places have left an imprint on Lieberman’s musical style which she unifies with a catchiness and contemporary tone that is entirely her own.

 

Performing alongside Miriam as a duo is formidable musician Lara Goodridge (FourPlay String quartet, Baby et Lulu).  Adding luscious vocal harmonies and soaring violin arrangements, together they offer a powerful and uplifting soundscape.

Not since Deborah Conway crooned “it’s only the beginning “ has an Australian singer made optimism sound so dizzyingly effortless. In a year that was short on both hope and travel, Mirian Lieberman's sixth album is a sonic reminder that the world keeps turning - all lilting folk tunes overlaid with sprightly Kora (West African harp) playful strings and dreamy three part harmonies as though Joni Mitchel and Paul Simon had convened in a Bamako back street. Children come into the world (Song for Lior - a heart melting lullaby to her newborn son others face their final chapter ( the title track Just Transforming) and the open road beckons ( the exultant Last Night) 

- Janine Israel

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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.

 

 

 

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Confucius 

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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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