I am a composer, musician and educator. My primary instruments are Double Bass, Saxophone and Voice. I play across the genres of Jazz, Folk and Roots music with specialist interests in Bluegrass, New Orleans Jazz, Old Time, Alpine Folk, Western Swing and Celtic Folk.

The commonalities between these musical styles are collaborative musicianship and community tradition. I am drawn to music that is both immediate and complex: joyful and compelling to audiences, without compromising on artistic expression and nuance. I have created four ensembles through which to explore my interests, composing original music for each as well as celebrating traditional repertoire.

My compositions require musicians to listen and interact closely with one another whilst bringing their own voice and influences to the performance. As an educator I aim to develop musicians as both sympathetic and individual; encouraging students to find their own unique sound as well as an understanding of how to sit and blend with their fellow players.

In the last few years I’ve been lucky enough to work with some of my heroes such as Dr John, Dirk Powell,  Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky , The Time-Jumpers and a few others, other credits include Taylor Swift , Seal, Jonathon Edwards  and more.  I’ve also developed some new heroes amongst my peers. My main passion in life is to make music with others who take it as seriously and love it as much as I do.

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DISCOGRAPHY

2018

The Ben Somers String Band ‘ Live at De Melkbus’

Darwish – ‘Reclamation

2017

The Coalminers Brass Band –  “Time To Move

Tad Sargent & Loic Blejean – ‘Loic Blejean & Tad Sargent’

Honeyjack – ‘8 Track

2016

Steve & Ben Somers – ‘The Highway Is My Home

The Peregrines – ‘Introducing

2015

Ben Somers – ‘Brass Hysteria‘ 

Tolka – ‘One House

The Brothers Ignatius – ‘Stackin Up

Dub Colossus – ‘Dub Me Tender

Aar Manna – ‘Daadaar

2014

Jason Titley – ‘Still Rollin’

2013

Dub Colossus – ‘Dub Don’t Live Here Anymore

The Wagon Tales – ‘Introducing

2012

Awale – ‘Just Have To Grow

2011

Leon Hunt Ntet – ‘Farewell Blues

The Coalminers – ‘Who’s Ready

Dub Colossus – ‘Addis Through The Looking Glass

The Kate Williams Septet – ‘Made Up

Marcus Foster ‘Rushes & Reeds

2010

Paddy Milner – ‘Based On A True Story

Dub Colossus’ – ‘Satta Masagana’

2008

Earl Thomas/Paddy Milner & The Big Sounds 

2007

Paddy Milner – Walking On Eggshells

Dizzee Rascal – ‘Tongue ‘N Cheek”

Mama’s Gun – ‘Pots Of Gold’

The Will Collier Septet – ‘Porcelain Frogs’

The Will Collier Septet – ‘Everybody Loves’

2006

The Go-Team

2005

The Pipettes 

The Outsiders feat.Chris Watson