With three albums, three EPs and even a vinyl single to his name, David has a body of work to match the – literally – thousands of gigs he’s done from Wollongong to Perth, Edinburgh to Dunedin.
David began his music career at the Illawarra Hotel’s dollar-middy student nights in 1989.
His bands The Culprits and The Merry Widows both experienced success in the Triple J National Campus band competition, with the Widows finishing runners-up in 1992.
The Merry Widows signed management and record deals, toured with everyone from Yothu Yindi to Bob Geldof and released the EP Waltz in 1994.
David released the seminal Gen-X folk disc Port, his first solo album, in 1997 and became a regular on the national folk scene, playing the huge Woodford, Port Fairy and National folk festivals.
The EP UnAustralian Folk Songs followed in 1998, an unashamedly political statement against the government of the day.
David Beniuk’s Infotainment Lifestyle Album was released in 2000 and cemented his reputation as a songwriter of national significance, scoring a five-star review in The Australian and four in The Sydney Morning Herald.
“Few artists successfully wed cerebral lyrics with melting melodies. Beniuk does and levitates into the Paul Kelly, Michael Thomas, Tim Rogers, Neil Finn group of bloody good songwriters. Not only highly recommended, this is – to date – Australian album of the year,” The Australian said.
In 2002, David and his guitar travelled overland from Paris to Saigon via the Mediterranean coast, Eastern Europe, Russia and China. He rates the late-night jams with throat-singing driver Gana in Mongolia among the highlights of his musical life.
David released his last album, The Inland Sea, in June 2005 after working with producers Mick Thomas, from Weddings Parties Anything, and Icehouse bassist Steve Bull.
With a huge reputation as a songwriters’ songwriter, his works have been covered by, among others, Paul Greene, Raoul Graf and Chloe and Jason Roweth, who made his song Like Limerick a folk circuit favourite.
David moved to Tasmania in 2011 to continue his work as a journalist and will release a new album later in 2014 produced by Lindsay Martin.