Found this recording from a session I threw together a couple of years ago. I’d been listening to a lot of John Hartford and wondered how he might’ve used horns on his music if he’d had the chance. https://soundcloud.com/bensomers/squirrell-hunters-mix3
Very excited about the release of the new album, the whole experience of making it at Tonehouse in Paris with Jean-Etienne Loose was wonderful. The guys in the string band Marius, Evan and Dorian truly made the music come alive and I’m newly inspired every time I listen to it. Along with the guys there are some guest appearances from the old man Steve Somers and Burning Salt‘s Hannah Hull. The vocals were produced and recorded by my good friend and bandmate Bobby Williams and then the final magic was woven by Josh Clark at Get Real Audio. I’m looking at releasing in a couple of months and am currently programming our September tour. We’ll be at The Didmarton Festival September 2nd, The Bank in Eye on the 5th and Norwich Sept 6th. Details on my gigs page and more dates to follow.
Heres the title track from the album ‘Poor Stuart’ taken from our tour of Europe last Summer.
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.