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This Sat 2nd April, iconic Australian soul/pop duo Melanie Oxley and Chris Abrahams perform in Katoomba

Posted: 31 Mar 2022
Aria nominated Melanie Oxley and Chris Abrahams music gently unfolds before you as classic. Lyrically thoughtful, playful and clever, musically deceptively simple. Abrahams extraordinary talent reveals itself in every facet of every song while Oxley's voice continues to uplift and beguile. Extraordinary.

Meg Benson from Music Hunter events, invited them back after their first sold out concert during last years successful post cover rescue series,  Afternoon Delights, when Melanie remarked "we had a great time, loved the receptive audience, and the sound in the venue  and are happy to returning in the future". The two have graced Australia's most prestigious stages, and hold a firm respect for rare intimate performance opportunities, especially in settings such as this with a "focussed listening audience".  During her  interview this week on Radio Blue Mountains  Earthly Delights show, Oxley was asked how she feels about the vast differences in venue sizes she's performed on considering the huge popularity they have enjoyed over time across huge and tiny spaces, " Chris and I both tend to get completely absorbed in the music, so with that immersion we can hold that intimacy on stages of any size, and just because you are on a big stage does not mean you have to shout everything out. It's definitely more challenging to perform in an intimate space though, because everyone is right there in front of you, though it was amazing in your series, my husband has been to loads of gigs over the years, and he said it was one of our best gigs" Melanie said on 89.1FM. So be sure to catch them this sat on their return visit.

Although they have played together since 89, live performances are rare. Mel and Chris have been in the studio recording over the last year and are currently mixing their new album….so be ready for lots of new music from these two amazing musicians.

Melanie Oxley is an Australian musician, singer-songwriter and primary school teacher and assistant principle. Oxley was a member of the dance pop group, The Sparklers (from 1985 to 1989), Since 1989 Oxley teamed with keyboardist, Chris Abrahams (ex-Benders, The Sparklers), to perform and record as a soul pop duo, Melanie Oxley & Chris Abrahams.
They have released four studio albums, Welcome to Violet (1992), Coal (1994), Jerusalem Bay (1998) and Blood Oranges (2003). At the ARIA Music Awards of 1993 Welcome to Violet was nominated for Best Independent Release.

Chris Abrahams is a New Zealand born Australian resident and pianist, best known for his jazz work incl many solo albums. Abrahams has been a member of the Benders, Laughing Clowns, and performs nationally and internationally with The Necks since 1987  

  • Experimenta
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  • jazz 
  • minimalist 
  • krautrock- (German for Cosmic music)  With band members Tony Buck and Lloyd Swanton. 
  • In 2020, The Necks was listed at number 49 in Rolling Stone Australia's "50 Greatest Australian Artists of All Time" issue 52.

The location is DOWNSTAIRS at Avalon restaurant, 18 Katoomba St, Katoomba, with just 35 seats.
Dine & Discover vouchers are accepted. Craft beers, local wines plus sweet & savoury dishes are available.
Disabled access is possible downstairs with assistance because it is technically on the ground floor.
Parking at the Katoomba Railway commuters car park, Disabled toilets on the railway station platform
 
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