Berry Mountain, where it all began

It was several years ago in Berry, about two and a half hours south of Sydney, where we met and performed a small house concert at Jaime's in-laws' place. 

The land known as 'Boobook Mountain Cottage', is nestled among rainforest high up on Berry Mountain. 

Boobook Mountain Cottage can be rented on AirBnB

Boobook Mountain Cottage can be rented on AirBnB

One fated evening, after the sun had set and the performance was complete, a Powerful Owl flew over the stage. 

That night Marina wrote a song. "I didn't really know if we'd be coming back so I wrote the song to make sure I could keep the memory alive ... it was such a beautiful place" she says.

The song 'Berry Mountain' didn't make it onto the album but it was recorded live for the 'Love, Nourish, Flourish' CD and you can listen to it here. It starts:

"... up on Berry Mountain side, winding roads meet southern skies and wandering birds of prey in the night".

That wandering bird of prey was the Powerful Owl that became the totem for the debut album.

It all started on Berry Mountain

Well, thankfully we did decide to come back. And this year we aren't just playing a home-coming in Berry, we're also are playing a string of dates all across Australia. But Berry Mountain will always have a special place in our hearts and we are desperately looking forward to returning.  

Early bird tickets are still available until the end of this week, so make sure you head over to the website and book yours. 

See you soon!

 

TOUR DATES

Touring: Jan 2018

  • Wed 3 Jan | Magic Mountain, Merimbula NSW (Tickets)
  • Thu 4 Jan | Berry School of Arts, Berry NSW (Tickets)
  • Fri 5 Jan | Heritage Hotel, Bulli NSW (Tickets)
  • Sun 7 Jan | Mosaic Carriage, Fremantle WA (SOLD OUT)
  • Thu 11 Jan | Broome Convention Centre, Broome WA (Tickets)
  • Tue 16 Jan | Hastings Caves, Parks Tasmania, Geeveston TAS (Tickets)
  • Wed 17 Jan | Frank’s Cider Bar, Franklin TAS (Tickets)
  • Fri 19 Jan | Printers Room, Sebastiaans, Ballarat, VIC (Tickets)
  • Sat 20 Jan | Upwey Skylark Room with 3MDR, Burrinja VIC (Tickets)
  • Sun 21 Jan | Toff In Town, Melbourne VIC (Tickets)
  • Thu 25 Jan | The Mechanics Institute, Nagambie VIC (Tickets)
  • Fri 26 Jan | Star Theatre, Chiltern VIC (Tickets)
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Belle Miners - Powerful Owl - Now Available
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Belle Miners - Powerful Owl
Debut Album out NOW via MGM Distribution

Canadian/Australian trio Belle Miners release their debut album Powerful Owl on 3 November. The album was made while travelling and performing in Australia, and produced by JUNO award-winner Joby Baker at Baker Studios in British Columbia, Canada.

Life-long friends, Canadian musicians Felicia Harding and Marina Avros and Australian-based Jaime Jackett, combine exquisite harmonies and relatable stories into a 10-track upbeat sonic journey covering themes from love and loss to overcoming life-threatening illness.

'25 Years' is a beautiful ode to the strength of enduring relationships, and first single 'Fall In Love With Me' is a romantic tale of same-sex love. "It was completely by chance that the government of Australia happened to be going to the polls the very week we were planning to release our single," says Jaime. "And with the marriage equality plebiscite up and coming in Australia, we wanted to show our support for our band mate, Marina, and the LGBTQI community in Australia, and the world, by offering up our pending release for equality... it is focused on love, personal challenge and death. It's sort of the collective life story of the band, if you will."

They don't shy away from darker tales of personal hardship either, tracks 'Strange World' and 'Night Flight' are inspired by Jaime's brush with cancer. "Last year, I had a brain stem tumour removed that had been considered inoperable and benign for 11 years. After a series of events, it was my family's discovery of Dr. Charlie Teo that saw me having the 'inoperable' removed. As it turned out, it had become a cancer. I believe he saved my life. The band has helped get me through this insane period of my life... we stubbornly toured in February, despite the challenge, and followed that by recording 'Powerful Owl' after the tour... Needless to say, that experience was a huge influence on songs that I penned. Lyrics come in many ways - fully formed, smooshy syllables, painfully pulled from the ether, or magically drifting into your head. Scribbled on paper, recorded on phones, or repeated by rote so their remembered for later when a pen or phone is handy! Our muses and geniuses take many forms!"

The trio formed in Australia in 2015 and have since performed nationally, including their famed Tasmanian Caves concert, performed 100 meters underground. The band’s sunlit sound has been cultured from the love and support they’ve received from audiences down under.

With dense vocal harmonies, clever lyrics and a liberating, joyous sound, Powerful Owl has been described as “an experience, with each song extracting an emotional response... Belle Miners have a shimmering sound, and their first album takes this along with personal stories to create an awe-inspiring set of ten tracks... Powerful Owl is well worth a listen, or ten, and Belle Miners are a trio with a future career well worth following.” (4 stars, Forte Magazine).

Belle Miners will tour Australia in January 2018, taking in venues across New South Wales, Tasmania, Western Australia and a string of shows in Victoria, with further dates soon to be announced.

Australian 2018 Tour Dates:

  • Wed 3 Jan - Rocka House Stage, Merimbula Magic Mountain NSW
  • Thu 4 Jan - Berry School of Arts, Berry NSW
  • Fri 5 Jan - Heritage Hotel, Bulli NSW
  • Thu 11 Jan - Elephant Bar, Broome Convention Centre, Broome WA
  • Tue 16 Jan - Parks Tasmania, Hastings Caves, nr Geeveston TAS
  • Wed 17 Jan - Frank's Cider Bar, Franklin TAS
  • Fri 19 Jan - Printers Room, Sebastiaans, Ballarat VIC
  • Sat 20 Jan - Upwey Skylark Room, Burrinja VIC
  • Sun 21 Jan - Toff in Town, Melbourne VIC

Web: www.belleminers.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/belleminers

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Album Premiere on THEMUSIC.com.au - listen FOR FREE

Canadian-Australian folk-pop trio Belle Miners release their debut album, Powerful Owl, this week, and The Music is stoked to be premiering the sublime collection of songs today.

Comprised of Canadian musicians and long-time friends Felicia Harding and Marina Avros and Aussie singer-songwriter Jaime Jackett, Belle Miners trade in effortlessly euphonious soundscapes, drawing in their listeners with lush, soaring harmonies, strong, powerful melodies and personable lyrics set against deftly executed, acoustic-driven instrumentation.

The thematically wide-ranging release is sure to touch at least a few cornerstones for anyone who comes across it, traversing love, loss and even life-threatening illness with a bounce in their step and innate, warm hopefulness that imbues the album with an undeniably endearing quality.

Although widely relatable, the songs also possess a personal quality; first single Fall In Love With Me, for example, is a gorgeous reflection on same-sex love that, given our current climate, is particularly timely: "It was completely by chance that the government of Australia happened to be going to the polls the very week we were planning to release our single," Jackett said in a statement.

"And with the marriage equality plebiscite up and coming in Australia, we wanted to show our support for our bandmate, Marina, and the LGBTQI community in Australia, and the world, by offering up our pending release for equality ... it is focused on love, personal challenge and death. It's sort of the collective life story of the band, if you will."

In Strange World and Night Flight, the band took inspiration from Jackett's recent brush with cancer, which saw her have a brain stem tumour — which had been written off as inoperable and benign for more than a decade — removed last year.

"After a series of events, it was my family's discovery of Dr. Charlie Teo that saw me having the 'inoperable' removed," she said. "As it turned out, it had become a cancer. I believe he saved my life.

"The band has helped get me through this insane period of my life... we stubbornly toured in February, despite the challenge, and followed that by recording Powerful Owl after the tour... Needless to say, that experience was a huge influence on songs that I penned. Lyrics come in many ways — fully formed, smooshy syllables, painfully pulled from the ether, or magically drifting into your head. Scribbled on paper, recorded on phones, or repeated by rote so their remembered for later when a pen or phone is handy! Our muses and geniuses take many forms!"

Belle Miners will be taking their splendid album on the road throughout January on an extensive tour presented by The Music. They'll get under way on Wednesday 3 January in Merimbula, and roll through to Berry, Bulli, Fremantle, Broome, Geeveston, Franklin, Ballarat, Burrinja, Melbourne, Nagambie and Chiltern throughout the month.

Tickets are available now, and you can suss the full spread of dates and details over at theGuide.

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