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Fri, 01 Sept


The Bootlegger Bar

The Bootlegger Bar, Katoomba

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Time & Location

01 Sept 2023, 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The Bootlegger Bar, 92 Bathurst Rd, Katoomba NSW 2780, Australia

About the event

WHO: Ben Connor & The Butterman WHAT: FREE Live Music! WHERE: Bootlegger Bar 2nd Floor 92 Bathurst Rd, Katoomba NSW 2780 WHEN: FRI 01/09/23 9pm-11pm (2 sets)

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Soul-driven blues, folk, rock singer-songwriter, Ben Connor, has been described as the musical love child of Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave and David Gray. His cohort, multi-instrumentalist Stuart Christie (‘The Butterman’), has entertained audiences around the nation and across the seas as a musician and physical theatre and circus performer with companies such as Circus Oz, Strut and Fret, Dislocate and Kage.

Together, Katoomba locals, Ben Connor & The Butterman combine the evocative lyrics, compelling melodies and warm well-worn vocal cords of a seasoned singer-songwriter with the style and theatrics of a professional circus performer.

As a solo artist, Ben has been writing songs for a little over two decades. Always the perfectionist, despite significant bouts of performing, large portions of that time have been spent behind closed doors. In early 2017, that changed as Ben started performing regularly, both solo and with The Butterman, in the Blue Mountains and beyond. A dynamic performance with the Butterman on the main stage of Katoomba's Winter Magic Festival in 2017, in particular, has been lauded, while multicam videos of the show have received an enthusiastic response on social media.

Ben Connor & The Butterman is the reunification of the two founding members of Double Helix, a musical collaboration from the inner west of Sydney that came to an end in the early naughties when Stuart literally ran away to join the circus. This time round it's different, however. True to his circus training, The Butterman entertains both musically and physically, generating sounds that range from the subtle to immersive as he pats, taps, whacks and even wields a chain over his less than conventional drum kit, often while simultaneously picking, strumming, and occasionally even drumming, his guitars or making his clarinet sound like a cooing baby predator. And Ben has now honed his song writing craft, with one reviewer stating, ‘Ben Connor has a mastery of song craft and a truly unique style and approach that could someday propel him to a place of prominence in the singer songwriter pantheon.


Bootlegger Bar Katoomba is a place of good old fashioned fun where people can eat, meet and greet and be human again. Fully licensed bar offering a large selection of Wines, Beers, Whisky, Gin, Cocktails & Good Food - low and slow and vegetarian & vegan options available. 2 intimate floors and a secret beer garden await you!

The FREE LIVE MUSIC for this event will be on the ground floor.

Bookings are advised to avoid disappointment: Please make a note at the time of booking tables online that you are there for the live music in the special request box so that your reservation can be allocated to the same level

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