Hailed as “easily one of the best songwriters in the country” by Drum Media, Wollongong-bred David Beniuk has performed thousands of gigs around the world since kicking off his music career back in 1989. His uni bands The Culprits and The Merry Widows both enjoyed success in the National Campus Band Competition, with the Widows finishing runners-up in 1992 and going on to tour with the likes of Bob Geldof and Yothu Yindi.
Beniuk released his first solo album, Port, in 1997 and became a regular on the national folk festival circuit. The UnAustralian Folk Songs EP followed in 1998, before Beniuk cemented his reputation as a nationally significant songwriter in 2000 with the release of his Infotainment Lifestyle Album, which scored a five-star review in The Australian, which called it“to date, the Australian album of the year” and compared Beniuk’s songwriting to Paul Kelly, Mick Thomas, Tim Rogers and Neil Finn. Beniuk’s priorities changed after releasing The Inland Sea in 2005, with music taking a back seat as he dedicated his time to fatherhood and journalism — an occupation which in 2011 brought him to Hobart to live and work.