Great Southern Nights at The Friendly Inn

Benji and the Saltwater Sound System

Since their formation in summer 2016/17, Benji and the Saltwater Sound System have hit the shore running. The groups original tunes have matured quickly after being exposed to audiences at a snowballing number of live shows and high profile festivals slots. The group has selected a handful of these songs to form the bands first EP titled Coming Up for Water, which was released in Winter 2018.


Benji and the SSS fuse pacific flavours with the raw sounds of the Australian East Coast. Add to this beautifully poignant lyrics and skillfully blurred genres and you have a sonic snapshot of the current South Coast NSW coastal lifestyle.

The artists in Benji and the Saltwater Sound System have had the honour of playing at acclaimed festivals including; Woodford, the National Folk Festival, Mitchell Creek Rock N’ Blues, the Dreaming Festival, Granite Town, Peak Festival, Palm Creek, Sydney Blues Festival, and Illawarra Folk Festival just to name a few.

Latest Video

Benji and the Saltwater Sound System - Top Bunk Trait (Official Video)

Twelve Months in the South Pacific

The Coming Up for Water EP and the bands wider music draws upon front man Ben Fowler’s recent 12-month stint living in the remote reaches of the Solomon Islands.

Benji and the SSS meld these indigenous rythms with the jazz, reggae, world folk 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 Ben has become known for and you can’t help but expect something special from this new line-up.


Benji and the SSS next vinyl Ripples of Thunder - Available for pre-purchase at big cartel

Latest Album - Ripples of Thunder, Ready For Release

High quality 180 gram 33 rpm pressed vinyl copy of our new EP Ripples of Thunder. The vinyl is due to arrive at your shipping address by early/mid December depending on how COVID regulations continue to impact on the company completing the pressing.

Ripples of Thunder has been crafted for vinyl format. For this reason we recommend anyone with a record player and enough expendable income to listen in this format.

All vinyl purchases will include a free digital download of the EP

In The Press

Excerpt from artslab.com.au. See the full article here.

You might remember local south coast lad Ben Fowler and his previous band Southerly Change played at Upper River Hall as part of our first artist residency in 2014. Since then Ben has spent some time in the Solomon Islands and come back with a rice bag swag of fresh musical produce. He formed Benji and the Saltwater Sound System in the summer of 2017.

This is a band of six incredibly talented musicians. They are wonderful to listen to, inspiring to watch and fun to dance to! Fusing summery pacific flavours with jazz, reggae, world folk and African roots, Benji and the Saltwater Sound System create original hypnotic soundscapes underpinned by catchy melodies. You can find out more and hear some of their music at www.benjiandthesss.com


Benji & SSS are Headlining Great Southern Nights Kangaroo Valley 21 Nov!


  • Ben Fowler A.K.A. Benji, describes his new band as "A World Group from Australia".
  • Based in Nowra, Ben has toured extensively these past few years through the remote Solomon Islands.
  • The unique fusion of Pacific, Reggae, Africa and Lyrical mastery is sure to capture you as they headline our event.

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