I was digging through my old Iphone recordings yesterday and discovered a little thing of me blowing over the standard “East of the Sun”. It’s amazing that how easy it is to record things but then forget them straight away due to the over abundance of recordings. As a result I’m not 100% who is in the rhythm section as it was Feb 2015. None the less they are killing and it’s been a nice trip for me to rediscover some music that I love but don’t play so much anymore.



New Album Release :: ARROW – NAVIGATOR

We recorded this album at the end of 2013 at the Sound Lounge with help from Sydney Improvised Music Association.

New Release from Alluvium Records :: ARROW – NAVIGATOR
Featuring :: Ben Hauptmann – Guitar, Eamon Dilworth – Trumpet, Thomas Botting – Bass & Paul Derricott- Drums

A sonic exploration of grooves, folk & improvisation.

—Buy now through the link below—


Back in Sydney show @ 505

Hey Everyone,

The last few months have been very eventful crossing more borders and timezones than I can count playing music anywhere and everywhere. I started in Amsterdam with Caravana Sun and making our way our the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Austria and Portugal, including performing during teh Australia vs Netherlands game in Einhoven (Netherlands) to a bunch of unruly Dutch people. I was in Munich to watch Germany win the final and since returning to Sydney found myself in Perth for a week and now have just completed an 8 day tour of NZ with my jazz group Tiny Hearts. Where am I now? A brief pause lands me back in Sydney for 8 days (with a quick overnight in Brisbane). 
I have a performance (all-ages) next Thursday 28th August at Sydney’s great jazz club Venue 505. The opportunity to perform in Sydney is becoming rare as I’m finding myself feeling more and more a local in so many different places around the world.
For this performance on the 28th, I’m joined by my comrades from Tiny Hearts and 505 is one of my favourite venues in Sydney. We are performing music from our album “Alluvium” and also new compositions that are soon to be released on a live EP recorded and filmed in Christchurch NZ. We are fresh from undertaking an 8 day New Zealand tour and in peak form.
I’d love to see you down there at the gig, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen a lot of you and I’d love to catch up and see whats happening in your world.
Here’s the deets:
What: Tiny Hearts
Where: 505 (corner of Cleveland and Perry Streets Surry Hills (280 Cleveland Street)
Time: Doors from 6:30pm and Performance begins 8:30pm
Cost: $15 Adult / $10 Concession
505 has great food and a fine selection of craft beers, wines and whiskeys.
Hope to see you soon,

TH: Alluvium Review by John Shand

Tiny Hearts
One of the wonders of collective music making is the way a composition conceived by one person in isolation is interpreted, filtered and transformed by the assembled pool of sounds, experiences, muscles, emotions, imagination, expertise and aesthetic sense. It happens in rock bands and orchestras, but the process is magnified when improvisation is extensively involved. All five members of Sydney’s Tiny Hearts have contributed pieces to this debut album, yet what hits home is not so much the diversity of compositional approaches as the cohesion of the group interplay in realising them. Aiding the cause is the distinctiveness of Eamon Dilworth’s trumpet which, unlike most jazz-oriented players, sometimes carries a blast of the raucous vibrancy associated with Balkan Gypsies or Spanish bullfight bands. Other members are saxophonist Dave Jackson, pianist Steve Barry, bassist Tom Botting and drummer Paul Derricott: all musicians whose improvisation deepens the colour of a composition rather than just decorating it. Hear them at Venue 505 on August 28. JOHN SHAND

TH: 4 Star Review in The Weekend Australian

Jazz review from Weekend Australian Sat May 3:



Tiny Hearts

LABEL: Alluvium Records

RATING: 4 stars

SYDNEY trumpeter Eamon Dilworth is a highly active musician. His quintet the Dilworths released their debut album in 2009, and then his Gypsy ska quartet Caravana Sun album had its debut in 2011, with a second album arriving last year. Between times, Dilworth has toured extensively in Europe and studied and played in the US, Australia and New Zealand, winning numerous awards in the process. Not bad for someone who has just turned 27.

Now Dilworth, together with drummer Paul Derricott, has formed a new quintet, Tiny Hearts, releasing a debut album of compositions by each band member. These pieces are described as “tales of travel, searching, thinking of the cosmos, loss and identity”.

Five of the 11 pieces are by the leader, including the opener, Brief Stint, which begins with a series of solo trumpet downward cadences, taken up by Dave Jackson’s alto as the ensemble arrives to slow things down, flatten out and then erupt into a raucous free-sounding sequence with accentuating drums.

Pianist Steve Barry’s original, Kanji, is a sumptuously pensive number carried by muted trumpet and alto with gracefully flowing piano ornamentation.

There’s a vaguely familiar lullaby-style melody to Derricott’s Big Sea Reprise, featuring wordless vocals from a trio of Elana Stone, Brian Campeau and the composer. Bassist Tom Botting wrote Balclutha, with an infectious tock-tock offbeat and stately harmonics.

Cosmontology by Jackson is a post-bop piece — a term that applies to most tracks — with a long-note theme against jabbing rhythms adding the composer’s driving solo and an imaginative, tension-building piano sequence.

John McBeath

Next TH gig: Foundry616 22nd May 2014

I’ve had a busy day finishing and printing posters for the next TH gig.
The band is making its debut at Foundry616 but I’ve played a few gigs there previously with Dale Barlow and presented many gigs as part of the Jazzgroove Association.

I’m excited because it is a purpose built jazz venue with a club feel, great sound and a good piano. These sort of things are becoming a bit more of a luxury these days. It’s gonna be fun!

Opening the night is Good ‘Evans which is 4 extremely talented younger guys playing a few standards and own compositions. I’m really excited to see their set as every time I see Evan Harris, Oli Nelson, Oli Thorpe and Noel Mason I’m blown away. Makes me wish I practised more when i was younger!

Here’s the link to buy tickets on the night :
Tickets for Tiny Hearts at Foundry616

Hope to see a few friendly faces!




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