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Ben Somers String Band

String Band at The London Remixed Festival

So tonight we’re very excited to play the London Remixed Festival’s Folk Ghetto. Along with Myself, Dorian and Evan we have the fantastic Niles Krieger  joining us for the first time on fiddle. We’ll be there checking out all the great music beforehand, but our set will be at 22oo.

The Ben Somers String Band ‘Live at De Melkbus’

String Band ‘Live in The Netherlands’

Today is the release of my new live album. The album features my brothers in music Evan Davies on mandolin, Dorian Ricaux on guitar and Marius Pibarot on fiddle. The album was recorded live at De Melkbus in Dordrecht  in The Netherlands by the brilliant Marc Burger . 

We’ve got a few gigs coming up over the next few months. February 2nd at The North Nineteen in Archway, London, February 3rd at London Remixed Festival.

You can find the album here

Here’s a video from our gig in Barcelona this summer. We’re on our way over to Paris to record the new album. We’ll be playing two gigs whilst out there. Wednesday 29th November at Lou Pascalou in Paris and on December 2nd we’ll be at La Maradreire in Gravigny, Normandy.



The Ben Somers String Band Euro Tour Sept/Oct 2017

We’ll be getting together to trek across Europe once more beginning in London on September 30th at The Green Note . We’ll then be heading over to The Netherlands, Belgium, France and Spain. Catch us at one of the gigs listed below.


30th – The Green Note. Camden, London


3rd – Matrix . Rotterdam, Netherlands.

4th – Dordrecht, Netherlands

5th – Gitanes. Antwerp, Belgium.

6th – Cowboy Up Steakhouse Waardamme, Belgium.

8th – La Peniche Anako Paris, France. (6pm show)

9th – Cevennes TBC

10 – TBC

11 – Le Trinque Fougasse Montpellier, France.

12th – La Sonora de Gràcia Barcelona, Spain.

13th – El Barn D’en Greg Rubi (nr Barcelona), Spain.

14th – Toulouse TBC

Fasiken – BS String Band

So we played the 2017 London Fiddle Convention where we heard this Norwegian fiddle tune by Annlaug Børsheim for the first time. Thanks to master fiddler Sam Proctor for introducing us to such great music.



The Ben Somers String Band

Original and traditional , bluegrass, old time and modern acoustic music. The band comprises four musicians from around Europe and is led by London based musician Ben Somers who has worked with the likes of Seal, Dr John, Dizzee Rascal, Bruce Molsky, Taylor Swift, Dirk Powell and more.

Ben Somers – double bass/sax/vocals- London
Evan Davies – Mandolin/Vocals-Leeds
Marius Pibarot – Fiddle/Vocals-Paris
Dorian Ricaux – Guitar/Vocals -Lyons


BS Bluegrass 1

“Good Boy”-London Rehearsal

The Ben Somers String Band- 24/02/17 – Fun being back with friends from up north and across the pond. Off to Farnham in Kent tomorrow and London Monday .


Ben Somers String Band First Tour Rehearsal

So Marius and Dorian arrived via the ferry this evening to join Evan and I for food, drinks and catch up before our first (late) rehearsal. We’ll be playing our first gig on Saturday night in Farnham, Kent then The Harrison in London Monday night.


The Ben Somers String Band UK Tour

The Ben Somers String Band UK tour begins Feb 24th. 25/02/17 – The Sands Room Farnham, Kent. 27/02/17 – The Harrison , London. 28/02/17 – Soundout, Resonance FM. 01/03/17 – The Canteen Bristol. 02/03/17 – The Lord Nelson Inn Brighton. 03/03/17 – The 3 Horseshoes Towersey, Oxfordshire. 04/03/17 -Village Hall Catsfiled, SussexSee gigs page for tickets/details

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