Its looking like we’ll be playing a beautiful little festival in Steinkjer , North of Trondheim in Norway this June and it got me thinking about the music of Annlaug Borsheim. Here’s a medley of two tunes which will feature on the new studio album. Annlaug, from Norway wrote the second tune ‘Fasiken’, Fasiken is actually a Swedish word for……well you look it up. We filmed this video at La Sonora De Gracia in Barcelona during a tour last year.
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’
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
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
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.
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