Musician Salter returning for Crown Hotel show


Ben Salter’s love affair with Aotearoa continues this summer with his third trip over the Ditch in four years.
A powerful singer and mesmerising performer, Salter will perform at the Crown Hotel on Waitangi Day, February 6, with support from Robert Scott (The Clean, The Bats).
Salter is known in Australia through his work with a diverse array of bands and projects. He has released more than 20 albums with bands such as The Gin Club, Giants of Science, three-time ARIA award nominees The Wilson Pickers, Vandemonian Lags, The Young Liberals and Hownowmer.
However, he is most commonly found pushing his esoteric folk-rock solo schtick on people across Australia and the wider world. He has released two critically acclaimed solo albums and his third, Back Yourself, is due for release later this year.
A genre-hopping songwriter, Salter has written, recorded and performed alongside artists such as Gareth Liddiard (The Drones), Mick Thomas (Weddings Parties Anything), Tim Rogers (You Am I) and Bernard Fanning (Powderfinger). He has supported acts including Cat Power, J Mascis, Built to Spill,
Counting Crows and Iron & Wine.
Salter is no stranger to New Zealand either, having toured here five times in the past 10 years. He has toured with Auckland’s hip-hop poet extraordinaire Tourettes, a.k.a. Dominic Hoey, whom he met in a remote Icelandic fishing village, and has performed with local hero Marlon Williams, both as support
and a band member. He also once bested Liam Finn in a rap battle.
On record, Salter’s music spans a wide range of genres, from progressive, layered rock tracks to sparse string embellished ballads. He sometimes performs with a band but usually it’s just him, a guitar and some pedals, performing what he describes as esoteric folk music. He sings pretty well too.