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The Lookout House Concerts

Local and touring musicians in intimate house concert setting in Blackheath, NSW

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The Lookout House Concert series aims to provide a supportive and inclusive environment for local and touring artists to perform in intimate house concert settings. Typically on a Saturday or Sunday evening, the house concerts include a featured act, as well as floor spot opportunities, light supper/tapas and a chance to mingle with friends old and new. Entry is by a nominal donation, to support the artists.

 

Concerts will be advertised here, and via the facebook page.

Check out the shows below, and look forward to seeing you soon at The Lookout!

Bookings

Seating and capacity is limited (usually 20 max), so bookings are advised. You will receive the venue address, and any other information about the show, at the time of booking. If for any reason you need to cancel, please let the host know, so that tickets can be reallocated. For bookings, enquiries etc. please contact Craig at thelookouthouseconcerts(at)gmail.com.

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Saturday June 8th 2024 7pm-9pm The Narrownecks Trio

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The Narrownecks bring their 'old time string band down under' sound to the next instalment of the Lookout House Concert Series.

Fiddler David Hoffmann (USA) is a multi-generation old time musician, and has been surrounded by the music of the Appalachian mountains since he was in the womb. Multi-instrumentalist Harry O'Donovan (CHW) has studied music with the likes of Jody Stecher and incorporates his traditional frailing banjo style and exceptional ear to fill out the melodies. Susanne 'Skye' Evans is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist based in Katoomba, hailing from Nebraska USA. Skye brings an evocative Americana style with her emotive double bass lines and haunting vocal harmonies.

When: Saturday June 8th 6:30pm (doors), music 7pm - 9pm

Where: Blackheath - address supplied on booking

Entry: $20 suggested donation (cash, card or pre-booking link)

Bookings: thelookouthouseconcerts(at)gmail.com or via Humanitix

Artist Info: https://www.narrownecks.com

Sunday May 5th 2024 2pm-4pm Anousha Victoire Duo

Anousha Victoire is a weaver of everyday dreams, stitching together folk/world influenced melodies with bell-over-water clarity of vocal tone. The introspective singer-songwriter blends delicate ideas with a heart-aching immediacy. Her trademark fingerpicking folk guitar style and haunting vocal melodies are complemented by soaring, emotive strings and vocal harmonies, blending into folk storytelling songs that could be timeless classics. Once they discover her, her fans prove tenacious, if not downright possessive.

 

After a surprise win of an ABC Music Award for Folk for one of the first songs she wrote in the early 2000s, she went on to build a loyal local following, while the early songs gained indie and ABC radio airplay. Performance credits include the National Folk Festival,  St Albans Folk Festival, Planet Dungog, Woodford’s Women Out Front showcase, and tours of the east coast of Australia, particularly at home in intimate concerts and folk clubs.

Initial EP releases back in early 2000’s won additional awards and gaining her recognition with her song on the plight of the last asylum seeker on Nauru with “Last Man Standing“. She returned to the studio with 2020 full-length album ‘Precious Things’, and the single ‘Rather Be Your Lover (Than Your Wife)’  featuring guest bluegrass musicians Gleny Rae and Robbie Long, received airplay on Double J. 2023 heralds the launch of a brand new studio EP ‘Embers of the Night’ produced by Gareth Hudson.

“I love it when I find a young singer-songwriter who understands the tradition from which their music grows. Anousha Victoire is one such performer. She knows where her songs come from, both in form and content, and her music is the more powerful for that knowledge” (Judy Small)

When: Sunday May 5th 1:30pm (doors), music 2pm - 4pm

Where: Blackheath - address supplied on booking

Entry: $20 suggested donation (cash, card or pre-booking link)

Bookings: thelookouthouseconcerts(at)gmail.com or via Humanitix

Artist Info: https://anoushavictoiremusic.com/

February 2024 - Margaret & Bob Fagan

The Lookout House Concert series is back in 2024, with the wonderful Margaret & Bob Fagan. These Blue Mountains residents are two of Australia's most respected folk musicians with a long history both as a duo and with their family band The Fagans. They have been firm favourites at festivals all over Australia, and have toured in the UK on numerous occasions. Their work has its roots in the Anglo-Irish-Australian tradition, and is marked by political integrity and striking harmonies. Their vast repertoire includes songs of social and environmental justice, traditional ballads, and contemporary stories. And there’s often a good chorus to join in on as well.  Be transported by Margaret's beautiful voice and Bob's superb fingerpicked guitar. https://margaretbobandkatefagan.bandcamp.com

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When: Saturday February 24th 6:30pm (doors), music 7pm - 9pm

Where: Blackheath - address supplied on booking

Entry: $20 suggested donation (cash, card or pre-booking link)

Bookings: thelookouthouseconcerts(at)gmail.com

September 2023 - Valley Road (duo) and Jess Parker (Vic)

The inaugural show of the Lookout House Concert series features not one but two wonderful acts. Valley Road and Jess Parker are making their NSW debuts, fresh off the Hume Highway all the way from Central Victoria. Join us for an intimate evening of country/folk/blues-infused stories and songs. Both Valley Road and Jess Parker are celebrating the release of their latest singles and are excited to bring them to Blackheath!

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Valley Road is a folk duo of two friends, Marty Mckenna and Rebecca Jane Howell, who have been singing together for over a decade, creating a rare kind of magic when they take to the stage. Known for their heart-rending harmonies and intricate guitar playing, they weave their experiences into songs of people and place, bringing an Australian perspective to their diverse folk influences. 

https://www.facebook.com/valleyroad.duo

Summoning the dark folk spirits from her home in the Victorian Goldfields and making them dance to sweet country blues, guitar picker Jess Parker has been sharing her stories state-wide for the past 8 years. Gearing up to release her 4th album 'Wholesome Prison Blues' in autumn of 2024, Jess is thrilled to be bringing her freshest batch of stories to NSW for the very first time.

https://www.facebook.com/thetroubledwaters

https://www.jessparkermusic.bandcamp.com

When: Sunday September 17th 6:30pm (doors), music 7pm - 9pm

Entry: $15 donation

Bookings: thelookouthouseconcerts(at)gmail.com

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