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  • Writer's pictureMeg Benson

Afternoon Delights

Music Hunter presents Afternoon Delights- a season of intimate musical performances curated for adventurous audiences. Join us each Sat at 3pm-5pm, in the charming Avalon downstairs lounge, with a complimentary mulled wine on arrival, before enjoying a two-set live performance by exceptional musicians. The first set starts at 3.15pm, so arriving at 2.55pm is quite ok. A menu of wine, craft beer & small plates will also be available including table service. Numbers are strictly limited to 20.

Here's is a chance to set three birds free with one hand. Contribute to musicians pay at Industry rates, cooperate with current NSW Health restrictions per square meter and feed your soul with LIVE music.

The season opened last week with a SOLD OUT show with James Greening & Gary Daley on 4/7/20 who performed together with a shared love for improvisation, both having played in some of the elite bands of Australian jazz. such as James Greening’s band "Greening from Ear to Ear" and the jazz-world music band "the Catholics".

The second concert in the new Saturday arvo series features Horse & Wood on 11/07/20. Innovative musicians Bukhu Ganburged and John Robinson explore a range of musical possibilities including Mongolian/Turkish/bluegrass. 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. Bukhu has performed at TEDx and recently starred on the voice. John and Bukhu are also known for their dynamic 4-piece band, Equus. "at a stroke the pair shrink about 8,000 kilometres of the vast expanse of Asia to nothing, and in the process invent a whole new sonic colour combination that arguably could only have happened in Australia". John Shand, Sydney morning herald. Book the last 2 tickets here

Llew and Mara Kiek feature on 18/07/20 and are known for their sensational band Mara! whom with they play folk/jazz fusion. Their duo performs traditional and original music based on several European, Middle Eastern and early music traditions. Book Now

Maestro, Paco Lara, is from the south of Spain and now a resident of Australia and features on Saturday 25//7/20. 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".

On 1/8/20 we are treated to Gai Bryant band leader of Caribé on saxophone and Ed Goyer on piano, vibraphone, marimba-kat. They'll play 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. Book Now

Tickets to be released shortly for the following,

Damien Wright known from his from his aria nominated festival favourite Bandaluzia, he performs his contemporary Flamenco Guitar style on on 15/08/20 presenting music from his brand new album "Shifting Sands".

Miriam Lieberman Trio emerge from isolation with new songs & soaring harmonies and perform on 22/8/20 with Lara Goodridge & Susie Bishop on strings and vocals. Miriam is a singer songwriter known not only for her unmistakable voice and songwriting, but for playing the 21 string West African harp - the kora.

On 29/8/20 Vazesh perform long-form improvisations inspired by the Persian Radif and renowned Iranian tar player Hamed Sadeghi's (Eishan Ensemble) music. Featuring Sadeghi alongside award-winning jazz saxophonist Jeremy Rose (The Earshift Orchestra, The Vampires, The Strides) and bassist Lloyd Swanton (The Necks, the catholics), this is an exciting collaboration driven by an exploration of musical discovery. In Persian, Vasesh means “blowing softly”. With inspiration from Anouar Brahem, Spiritual Jazz, Evan Parker, John Surman, and The Necks, their music draws from many influences and yet sounds uniquely their own.

5/9/20 Devi Mamak​ -piano and Colin Berryman​- sitar

24/10/20 Elsen Price​- double bass and Kenya Wilkins -flute and piano


After nearly 40 years lying dormant, the team behind the iconic Avalon restaurant and cocktail bar have revived the charming historic art deco theatre foyer, to create a unique social lounge and event space. check it out

Meg Benson of Music Hunter says "live music is a social vaccine against isolation, not just for audiences, but also for muso's. It's about those moments of magic between musicians and audiences, a special relationship that simply must continue in today's world. Music Hunter is proud to guarantee musicians a fee at industry rates and thrilled to call downstairs at Avalon "home" for this weekly series of Afternoon Delights for limited numbers of adventurous listeners each week". Meg recommends the mulled wine, the exceptional spring rolls and the cheese and walnut plates and of course assures you that there will be table service while you sip your mulled wine to take orders upon arrival by 3.15pm for serving in the break. A discreet wave of the hand to the friendly bar staff will be ok on occasions between songs, during the sets.

Tickets $50 -Includes complimentary mulled wine.

3-5pm (Please arrive no more than 10 mins early- set starts 3.15pm)

Sets are generally 40 mins duration.

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

Bar and event menu on offer,

Pre-Bookings highly advised, for more info


15 Warm Walnut and Blue Cheese Dip with toast (v). 14 Paprika and Parmesan Polenta Chips with sweet chilli mayo dip (v) 18 Pulled Beef Croquettes with dijon and seeded mustards 16 Homemade Spring Rolls with chicken, feta, pine nuts & rice vermicelli, served with a sweet chilli & coriander dip 16 Halloumi and Spinach Cigars served with a cucumber and mint yoghurt (v) 28 Oven-Baked Camembert topped with a walnut, almond, cranberry, pistachio crumble, served with caramelised onion jam and toast (v, gfR) 16 House-made Hummus with za’atar, olive oil, lemon and flatbread (vg) 9 Hand-Cut Potato Wedges with sour cream and sweet chilli sauce 9 Warm Marinated Mixed Olives with feta cheese (v) DESSERTS 15 Chocolate Truffle Cake with chocolate sauce and ice cream (gf) 15 House Made Meringue with berries and cream (gf) 17 Baked Creamy Licorice Cheesecake with berries and ice cream 17 Banana Caramel Tart topped with grated chocolate and ice cream 17 Lemon Myrtle Cheesecake with macadamia praline and cream 17 Date and Apricot Pudding with warm caramel sauce and ice cream 15 Baked Lemon Tart with berries and cream 15 Strawberries Romanoff fresh strawberries topped with ice cream, with a splash of orange juice and Grand Marnier (gf, vg) FEATURED CRAFT BEER 9 Mountain Culture Lager Katoomba, NSW 9 Little Creatures Pilsner Fremantle, WA 10 Moo Brew Pilsner Hobart, TAS 9 Mountain Culture Kittens Mittens, Katoomba, NSW 9 Pioneer Brewing Co. Cargo Gold Orange, NSW 9 Little Creatures Pale Ale, Fremantle, WA 10 Mountain Culture Imperial Pale Ale, Katoomba, NSW 10 Lord Nelson Brewing ‘Three Sheets’ Ale, Sydney, NSW 10 Moo Brew Pale Ale, Hobart, TAS 9 Pioneer Brewing Co. Amber Ale, Orange, NSW 10 Mountain Culture Status Quo NEPA,Katoomba, NSW 10 Mountain Culture Double Red IPA,Katoomba, NSW 10 Lord Nelson Old Admiral Ale,Sydney, NSW 10 White Rabbit Dark Ale,Geelong, VIC 10 Mountain Culture Moon Dust Stout, Katoomba, NSW FEATURED WINE 10 | 42 Cooks Lot Riesling Orange, NSW 12 | 45 The Gardener by Phillip Shaw Pinot Gris Orange, NSW 10 | 42 Brangayne of Orange Sauvignon Blanc Orange, NSW 10 | 42 Skimstone Estate Chardonnay Mudgee, NSW 10 | 42 See Saw Pinot Noir Orange, NSW 10 | 42 Robert Stein 'Farm Series' Merlot Mudgee, NSW 12 | 45 The Idiot Shiraz by Phillip Shaw Orange, NSW 12 | 45 Manners Tempranillo Hilltops, NSW 10 | 39 Cargo Road Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc Orange, NSW 10 | 42 Bunnamagoo Pinot Noir Chardonnay Mudgee, NSW 10 | 42 First Ridge Prosecco Mudgee, NSW

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