I dreamt I was reviewing a vinyl that was unlike anything I'd reviewed before. No title, tracks or musicians were listed on either the swirling orange or the disc, and the music itself was shrouded in further mystery, arriving in a haze of electronic effects, before multiple guitars, a bass and a piano emerged. But even then, the enigma seemed to linger, and when the drums joined, the total sound was massive, as though real instruments were in the room, imparting those jolts to the central nervous system that only real instruments usually can do.

In my dream I knew the record was by Ben Hauptmann and that the music's obliteration of lines between idioms has been a hallmark of the guitarist's storied career....'  John Shand SMH

Ben Hauptmann is one of Australia's most sought after guitarists, having played with Gurrumul Yunupingu, Paul Kelly, Donny Benet, Jack Ladder, Lior, Micheline Van Hautem and currently touring with Katie Noonan and also Vika and Linda Bull. Ben is a Freedman Fellow and also a winner of the National Jazz Competition at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival.

We're thrilled to have Ben Hauptmann perform for the Starfish Club for his new Album release 'The One With Singing On It'

The band on the night features Justine Clarke, Arne Hanna, Sean Van Doornum, Harry Sutherland, Ollie Thorpe, Ben Kidson, and the Starfish Rhythm section of Hamish Stuart and Jonathan Zwartz.

Ben and his band will play songs from his new album.

The opening set will be  music from Sean van Doornum’s latest release that Ben help produce and engineer - "eüsh"


Doors from 6pm, music from 7pm. The Starfish kitchen will be open, from 6.15pm







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There was no greater champion of the Starfish Club than Mauricio de Souza (Mori) who passed away at the height of Covid on Good Friday 2021,  from a long illness that he had determinedly kept at bay with his trademark indefatigable zest for life. Positive to the end, Mori defied and outlived all expectations.

We loved Mori at the Starfish, having first met him at the legendary Bronte cafe that he started with his partner Fiona Baxter.

We miss Mori and are now taking the opportunity to acknowledge him with a program of music celebrating his Brazilian roots and his general love of good music.

We have put together a line up of fantastic musicians  - Vocalists Tiago de Lucca, Virna Sanzone and Magdelena Mira will be joined by Miro Bukovsky on trumpet and James Greening on trombone, along with Marcello Maio on keys, Fabian Hevia on percussion, Jonathan Zwartz on double bass and Hamish Stuart on drums and percussion.

For our last Starfish Concert of 2023 we present a 'very Mori Christmas' featuring songs from Brazil, to do him proud.

Doors at 6pm with food available then, music starts at 7pm.

The Starfish Kitchen will be open - We can't even attempt to make his famous chicken pies but Wendy will have her nearly famous green chicken curry on the menu.

Come and join us as we give Mori's memory a blast of good music.