Yes! The drought has broken people!

benfink and band are very excited to be playing their first gig in many many moons

10th April 2014

at the great and wonderful Camelot Lounge in Marrickville

benfink

Come hear benfink and his most excellent band,

do their roots/soul/folk/jazz/groove sonic mix of mayhem and bliss,

this concert will be the first airing of exciting new material that's heading towards their new album


benfink - vocals and guitars

Zoe Hauptman - bass, vocals

Evan Mannell - drums

Brendan St Ledger - piano

Mark Elliot - Saxophones

Dale Caldwell - vocals

Plus special guests

Tix are $20 +bf presale or $25 on the door.

Doors – 7.00pm, show 8.00pm

Table bookings for groups of 8 or more only – email them for table reservations AFTER you have prebooked…
Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed – NO BYO

All ages welcome (but under 18′s must be accompanied by an adult)

 

 

 

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BEN FINK with the string drum band

come here, come hear
a new angle,
a few new songs,
and some re-interpreted old ones too
...jazz rhythm section + strings + songs = the string drum band

its my first gig at the legendary 505
looking forward to playing their new grand piano
its going to be a good one, hope you to see you


Ben Fink - vocals, guitar, piano
Zoe Hauptman - bas, vocals
Tim Bradley - drums
Kate Adams - cello, vocals
Angelo Berardi - violin, trumpet, melodica


at Sydney's best post-underground venue
where: 505 - 280 Cleveland st Surry Hills
when: Sat 13 Nov @ 8pm

admission: $15 / $10  
CD “continue to breathe normally …” will be on sale on the night $20.

 

 

 

 

BENFINK & CHRISTA HUGHES
Do the Adelaide Guitar Festival 25-28 Nov 2010 !!!

Ben and Christa come together to share their love for the old time blues,
to do some fingerpickin' soul stirrin' big mama blues, jazz and more.
There's lots of other amazing acts as well, so come down and make a trip of it!


where: Adelaide International Guitar Festival 2010

when: Saturday 27th November @ 7pm.
bookings: http://www.bass.net.au
admission: $25 / $30

 

 

EASTSIDE RADIO 89.7fm LAUNCHES "LIVE AT THE RESERVOIR"
9TH JUNE 2010 @ THE BASEMENT

A night of celebration to launch Eastside Radio's live CD, featuring Bob Bertles,
Susan Gai Dowling, Lily Dior and benfink

 

BEN FINK with band
Ben Fink - vocals and guitars
Jonathan Zwartz - bass
Evan Mannell - drums
Blair Greenberg - percussion
Matt McMahon - keys
Trevor Brown - saxophones
Rick Falkiner - guitar

and very special guest
Dale Caldwell - vocals

LUCINDA PETERS
Doing a solo vocal and double bass set - a rare treat not to be missed

TREVOR BROWN
Come witness the unique and wonderous talents of multi-instrumentalist Trevor Brown as he loops
and swoons you into sonic mayhem and tonal bliss nirvana all at the same time

at Sydney's best underground venue
where: Qirkz, for location email info@qirkz.com
when: Thursday 4th March @ 8pm. bookings: info@qirkz.com

admission: $25 / $20 - $15 kids under 15  
CD “continue to breathe normally …” will be on sale on the night $20.

 

 

 

 

SONGS AND JOURNEYS TOUR
Yes its finally happening, Miriam and I are touring around the East Coast and are really enoying it so far,
even though its been bit of a rollercoaster ride with plenty of highs and lows, all making it a richer experience :-)

The Qirks gig was a big success, filled to capacity with punters from all walks of life enjoying the music, the pizza and the unique and bizarre atmosphere of Qirks itself.
It was a pleasant surprise and a great start to the tour.

Then we were off to Newcastle and Canberra, two gigs that could've had a few more people there but
still somehow felt really good, probably a testament to the great musicians we had
playing with us - Toby Hall, Jonathan Zwartz, Blair Greenberg, Peter Kennard.
Both venues, the Lass'O Gowrie and the Folkus Club were great and are run by real
music lovers, amen.


Next up was the East Village Jazz Festival, at the Paddington Resevoir Gardens, a daytime concert put on by the good folks at Eastside Radio 89.7FM. It was all rather exciting because its was
broadcast live as well as being recorded to multitrack in the ABC Outside Broadcast Van.
There may be a cd later on, who knows.
Anyway the gig itself was great, the audience were great listeners and the band, Matt Mc Mahon, Greg Royal and Toby Hall, were just amazing. A real highlight was Toby's drum solo in Blessed.

Straight after that gig finished I jumped on a plane to Melbourne to perform that night at the Boite World Music Cafe with Miriam, Kate Adams and Blair Greenberg. The Boite is a special gig because its
all acoustic, so it is what it is and there's nothing to get in the way between the audience
and the performer. Its also a special gig because the audience are great listeners
and not too shabby singers either :-)

Next up is the Wesley Anne in Melbourne, with extra super special guest Liz Frencham, who
not only will open the show for us, but will also play bass with Miriam and I in both our bands.
Anyway its a big gig for us, so if you're in Melbourne or know anyone who's up for a night of
great original music, please spread the word. Also playing in the band that night will be
Blair Greenberg and Michael Iveson (drummer for LIOR).

After that its up to the mountains, down to Nowra, up to Newcastle again, down a little from
there to Gosford and then to finish off a big gig at Notes in sydney.

Hope to see you :-)

 

 


 

QIRKS
Saturday 26th September @ 8pm.

A special double bill with Miriam Lieberman at Sydneys best kept
secret underground venue, Qirkz.
I'm really really excited about this gig. Eversince I first played at Qirkz earlier this year (with Waiting for Guinness) I knew that I had to bring my band there.

Just being in the room brings a warm feeling to your soul and a smile to your face, and when the music starts it just gets better. Its so refreshing to be in a space where its all about the music and the atmosphere, unlike most venues in Sydney which are centered around selling alcohol. Not that there's anything wrong with having a few drinks, its just nice to have the main focus on the music.

Qirks is not only a venue, its Yaron Hallis' home, and what a home it is. Yaron has been collecting objets d'art and bizarre kitsch for many years, in fact he collected so much he had to move to a warehouse. And what does a musician do when he moves into a warehouse? Start an underground venue of course. However this time Yaron has created the most extraordinary place for music that I, and indeed Sydney, has ever seen.

Miriam Lieberman
is an amazing singer who also happens to play the Kora, the balaphone and the guitar.
Her music is a wonderful mix of folk melodies and african feels, and her songs tell of her journeys through Africa and life itself. Miriam has just released her latest album Wakeli and will be touring around with me for the next few months before she goes to Africa to study under Toumani Diabate.

stay tuned for details....


OPERA HOUSE GIG
in true muso style, I am telling you about one of the biggest gigs I've done
after its happened and not before. My excuse is that I was
concentrating on getting the music up to scratch so to speak.
Anyway, its true, I supported the mingus big band at the Opera house in the concert hall. It was a pretty hardcore Jazz audience, so me supporting was an adventurous
call by the producers, but I think it worked.

After all the band I had was A Mazing, Matt McMahon on piano, Toby Hall on drums and Jonathan Zwartz on double bass. They played brilliantly and I think I managed to keep up with them, just :-)
got a few hecklers, best of all was my sweetheart Sole yelling out "love ya Ben" right before the first song, broke the ice to say the least. Admittedly walking out on that stage was an awesome experience in itself, I mean we all walked on and they all clapped, as if to say congrats for getting to the concert hall. I wasn't as chatty as usually can be, I've played a lot of venues in my time,
but this gig was one of the most daunting ever.
Anyway great gig, lots of good feedback and I sold a few cds as well.

Mingus band were very intense, and had a great trombone player who sang beautifully as well, the music they played was like waves of harmony and melody washing over
the audience, sometimes pulsing and sometimes chaotic.

so whats next? Well I'm in early planning stages of planning a tour around Oz with Miriam Lieberman, my band with her band, sometime in the middle of this year.
Hopefully it will solidify in the next few weeks.
thats all for now...
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SPECIAL DOUBLE BILL WITH LUCINDA PETERS
where: the Basement , Reiby Place Circular Quay
when: Thursday 5th Feb @ 9pm. bookings: 9251 2797
tickets: $20 / $15   tickets & CD special price: $30 / $25
CD “continue to breathe normally …” will be on sale on the night $20.

with Brett Hirst, Toby Hall, Matt McMahon, Mark Eliott, Simon Barker

 

Album Launch
Tuesday 18 november
@ the Basement

Experience the breathtaking debut album by benfink live in all its musical glory with benfink’s full 14-piece band for one night only at The Basement.

An integral member of the Australian independent music scene for over a decade, benfink has left his indelible mark on acts such as The Whitlams, The Stiff Gins, Brett Hunt, Lior and King Clam, co-writing with Tim Freedman, including on the single “Best Work”, and most recently Lior’s hit “I’ll Forget You.” Now benfink is about to launch the first album under his own name…”continue to breathe normally…” an intricate musical tapestry that traverses elements of soul, folk, groove, blues and jazz, unified on a soulful journey by benfink’s unique voice.

In a stellar ensemble of some of Australia’s top jazz musicians, the album launch will feature benfink on vocals and guitar, Brett Hirst (bass), Toby Hall (drums), Matt McMahon (keys), Mark Elliott (sax), Trevor Brown (sax/flute), John Hibbard (trombone), Walter Piccolruaz (percussion), Brett Hunt (harmonica) and special guest vocalist Lucinda Peters.

Supporting will be the amazing a capella group Kaya, made up of the four exquisite voices of Emma Dean, Sally Stevens, Alexi Kaye, Juleiaah Boehm and the beatboxing talents of Chris Irvine. Joining the main set, Kaya will become the hottest vocal section in town on selected songs.

A night of exceptional, original Australian music.