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Ben Salter (Aus) And Dan Kelly (Aus)

Thu Jul 21st, 2016

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My name is Ben Salter and I'm a Melbourne­based songwriter and performer. I'm writing
because I'm coming over to Aotearoa in July for a nine­date tour ​with fellow Australian
singer/songwriter and good friend Dan Kelly​. Both Dan and I have reasonably high profiles here in Australia ­ our full bios are attached below, but between us we've released dozens of albums with various bands and been nominated for a swag of​Australian music awards.


Dan and I have both been labouring at the coal­face of the salt mine of the​Australian music industry​for some twenty years apiece ­ that’s a total of forty years​. We’ve each
cris­crossed​Australia and the globe numerous times, both as solo performers as well as
members of numerous bands, outfits and groups ­​Dan plays guitar for legendary
Australian entertainer Paul Kelly ​and has performed with The Drones​and Augie March,​
while I am a founding member of well respected Australian acts such as The Gin Club,
Giants of Science ​and the twice ARIA award nominated Wilson Pickers. ​Dan's most
recent album, Leisure Panic​was short­listed for the Australian Music Prize whilst my most
recent album The Stars My Destination​was nominated for best album in the Age Victoria
Music Awards. Both albums received a bunch of great reviews in the national press in
Australia. Anyway read the bios if you’re super­interested.


As I mentioned I've toured around NZ a couple of times, both with my band The Gin Club as well as solo. I last visited in 2014 with the aforementioned Dominic Hoey aka Tourettes,​
who I met in Iceland. I also played bass in Marlon Williams'​band here in Australia for a tour supporting Justin Townes Earle, and more recently I opened for Marlon on his national tour.

Finally, I have performed with Liam Finn​a number of times and once beat him in a rap
battle​. I have read all the Footrot Flats​books. As previously mentioned, Dan is also no
stranger to New Zealand eithe, having played guitar for Paul Kelly and Neil Finn on their joint tour, as well as touring with Bic Runga​.


Both of us will be playing solo, as well as doing a few songs together. We each have an
array of noise machines and brightly coloured trinkets,​as well as questionable taste in
clothes/coiffure, to keep things interesting.. Dan's more upbeat party tunes​and dream
ballads​are a great foil to my more introspective, folky, wanky​material. I think we make a
pretty good combo. Dan uses both electric and acoustic guitars.. I mainly stick to acoustic.


Anyway we’re looking forward to coming over to New Zealand to play some shows, in
between spending long hours gazing​out of the window of our hire car at the
embarrassment of natural riches your country has on offer. I was going to insert a cynical
comment about Australia there but I should keep it ‘up­vibe’​.

acoustic/solo, country/folk, pop

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