Ben Salter is one of Australia’s most highly regarded performers and songwriters. As well as being a founding member of Giants of Science, The Gin Club and the two time ARIA nominated Wilson Pickers, he is an accomplished artist in his own right. His debut solo album The Cat established his penchant for the melodic mixed with the esoteric, whilst follow up EP European Vacation was a diverse collection of collaborations that Salter undertook whilst on a five month overseas writing mission. He has collaborated, written and performed with artists as diverse as Mick Thomas (Weddings, Parties, Anything), Tim Rogers (You Am I, The Temperance Union), Bernard Fanning (Powderfinger) and the aforementioned Gareth Liddiard (The Drones), to name a few. His second full length album The Stars My Destination is due for release May 2015 through ABC music.
Read and listen more here: http://www.bensalter.com.au/
Grawlixes are a Wellington-by-way-of-Dunedin indy-folk band intent on inserting themselves into your brain with their intelligent, infectious songs about relationships and not being invited to parties. Continuing the great lineage of artists who bring sadness to their sprightly melodies, Grawlixes’s music often deals in the melancholy with self-deprecating honesty and beautiful boy-girl harmonies, sung by co-founders Robin Cederman and Penelope Esplin.
A recent signee to Home Alone records, following an extensive European tour supporting now label-mates French for Rabbits, Grawlixes will be releasing their moderately-anticipated debut album ‘Set Free’ early 2017.
Read and listen more here: https://www.facebook.com/grawlixesdunedin/
PLUS special guests
Shane Hollands is a veteran of the New Zealand performance poetry scene. He is well-known for his innovative work with poetical music of differing genres from jazz to electronica to metal, and his efforts to give other poets a platform to perform; he established performance poetry collective The Literatti, and the NZ national celebration of beat poetry, The Kerouac Effect. He was one half of the art-music duo Beautiful Losers, infamous DJ of the ‘Dirty Wordz’ radio show and is the front-man and poet for the Wordcore band, Freaky Meat.
Freaky Meat has featured at The Oamaru Jazz Festival and The Davies Bay Music Festival, The Titirangi Festival of Music and Prana New Year’s Festival, Coromandel. They have toured extensively around NZ, playing every major city from Auckland to Invercargill and supported Canadian band Ocean Full of Fins on their north Island leg of their national tour.
The Atomic Composition of the Seeming Solid is Shane’s fourth book, released in January 2017. It is eagerly awaited by his fans, a tribute to his vast experience in delighting audiences and making poetry palatable to the masses. Described by Landfall editor David Eggleton as ‘the verbal vortex of Shane Hollands in printed form: the renegade poems of a whisky priest straight out of Beatsville.”
Simone Kaho joined the Literatti in 2011 a scholarship-winning graduate of the International Institute of Modern Letters in Wellington, who can count Eleanor Catton, Hera Lindsay Bird and Hinemoana Baker amongst their Alumni. Simone bumped heads with Shane on her return to the Auckland performance scene, she quickly stood out as a force to be recognised who takes charge of her audience weaving stories of passion and loss that evoke with a visual resonance.
She is a performer in demand – at bars like The Thirsty Dog to theatres such as Galatos, The Basement and The Mercury.
Lucky Punch, launched November 2016, is Simone’s first book. Written as a series of interlinked prose poems, Lucky Punch straddles the line between poetry and memoir. Simone gives us a window into heady scents, shameful frustrations and missed opportunities as the narrator comes of age in the rich and confusing intersection between pacific and colonial culture.
It has drawn acclaim for “Its bruising ache, its utter clarity (…) I love it” Paula Green – ‘Utterly compelling” Anne Kennedy.
About the event:
- BYO drinks and meat for the BBQ
- vegan food to buy from Tea and Happiness
- BBQ starts at 5pm
- poetry from 6pm, followed by the Grawlixes and more poetry
- main act from 9pm
$20 pre-sale at eventbrite.co.nz or Musicworks Rotorua
$25 on the door
Karin 02102381057 / Barry 0226441778