Seasoned campaigner from the Sunshine state
By LACHLAN BRYAN
Queensland’s Ben Salter describes himself as a “seasoned campaigner” but there are numerous other titles that might be more apt. ‘Quiet achiever’ is one, for Salter is no household name, yet he has been nominated for an ARIA and collaborated with the likes of Mick Thomas (Weddings, Parties, Anything), Gareth Liddiard (The Drones) and Tim Rogers (YouAmI) and founded at least three bands – The Gin Club, Giants of Science and The Wilson Pickers – all of which have achieved cult followings.
Salter brings a little punk rock to the worlds of folk, country and blues. His disheveled stage presence and laconic vocal delivery mask the fact that he writes clever, engaging pop songs. It’s little wonder that fellow musicians, and particularly song-writers are amongst the most loyal Ben Salter fans – they appreciate the subtlety of his work.
On 6th May, Salter plays Music on the Hill (aka MOTH) at The Red Hill Pavillion with Melbourne songstress Leah Senior. Once a month the pavilion is transformed into an intimate listening-room style music venue, with pristine sound and seating for around one hundred people.
Tickets are available now from www.musiconthehill.com.au.
Salter’s new album, The Stars My Destination, is out now through ABC Music.