Benji and the Saltwater Sound System

The coconut wireless has relayed the message that Ben Fowler has just returned to his mother country Australia to kick start a new musical project, Benji and the Saltwater Sound System. After a year of village living in remote Solomon Islands this musical excursionist has some new material for Australian audiences, as well as his newly acquired village nickname, Benji.

 

Luckily the islander grit found in Benji’s rice bag swag of the fresh musical produce has cleared customs and has already began to stir up the interest of big name festivals and venues. In response to this interest Benji has conjured up mix of awe inspiring musicians under the guise of the Saltwater Sound System to evolve his humble songs into fully realised pieces of work.

 

Benji and the Saltwater Sound System draws upon Benji’s recent immersion in islander flavours and fuses these with the jazz, reggae and African roots of its members past musical projects to create hypnotic soundscapes underpinned by painfully catchy melodies. Add to this the beautifully poignant lyrics that Benji has become known for and you can't help but expect something special from this line-up.

 

The artists in Benji and the Saltwater Sound System have had the honour of playing at a number of acclaimed festivals, venues and events. These include Woodford, the National Folk Festival, the Dreaming Festival, Granite Town, Peak Festival, Palm Creek Folk Festival, Summer Rhythm, Sydney Blues Festival, and Illawarra Folk Festival just to name a few.

Pic: Jade Rosskelly

Pic: Jade Rosskelly

Artwork: Paul Summerfield

Artwork: Paul Summerfield

Pic: Paul Freeman

Pic: Paul Freeman