Fri, 18 Aug|
Zoe's - Ben Connor & The Butterman with Davor Opacak
Time & Location
18 Aug 2023, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Blackheath, 35 Govetts Leap Rd, Blackheath NSW 2785, Australia
About the event
BEN CONNOR & THE BUTTERMAN with DAVOR OPACAK // Friday 18th, August 2023 // Entry: FREE Venue: Zoe’s Blackheath: Mexican Restaurant & Cocktail Bar, 35 Govetts Leap Rd, Blackheath NSW 2785
/ BEN CONNOR /
Soul-driven blues, folk, rock singer songwriter Ben Connor has been described as the musical lovechild of Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave and David Gray.
His debut album, 'Stone Fields', was released on 2nd February 2023.
Dark, with splashes of light, layered with instrumental palates and propelled by his special brand of husky baritone vocals, Stone Fields’s finely crafted songs journey through love, fatherhood, contemplations on mortality, majestic and mythical landscapes and more. And through it all Ben’s formidable guitar playing features, giving texture and tone and lilting and roller-coaster melodies as it croons, coos, screeches and screams to the accompaniment of a flawless rhythm section.
'Stone Fields' received positive reviews from publications such as popular online music and culture magazine Happy Mag and was syndicated across the country on the Blues, Roots N Boots show with John De Laurence. Australian music industry legend Stuart Coupe also premiered the song 'Sailor' from 'Stone Fields' on his show Dirt Music while other tracks from the album featured on community radio stations in the Central Coast, Byron Bay and South Australia's Limestone Coast.
Ben performs solo, with a full band, as a trio, and with his duo, Ben Connor & The Butterman.
For this gig, Ben will perform a set of songs from his debut album, ‘Stone Fields’, as a trio, with Davor Opacak on bass and Stuart Christie (The Butterman) on drums and second guitar, and set of old tunes with his duo, Ben Connor & The Butterman.
Ben Connor & The Butterman (Duo)
Ben's 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. 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.
Together, this dynamic duo 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