The 6 week run of Shakespeare’s ‘Two Noble Kinsmen’ has finally ended. I was lucky enough to stand in on double bass for several shows and even luckier to get to wear this ‘hip medieval get up’ and tread the boards The music was a lot of fun to play, I’ve been a fan of Eliza Carthy’s playing and music for awhile so it was great to hang out with her and play some of her music.
I’m very excited about the launch of my new album ‘Poor Stuart’. With the help of All About PR it’ll be released late August and we’ll be touring it starting at the Didmarton Bluegrass Festival on September 2nd. Along with myself, Evan & Dorian will be the amazing Lena Jonsson from Sweden , joining us on fiddle. I met Lena a few years ago when we shared a bill during a tour she was doing with the wonderful Brittany Haas. If you haven’t checked Lena out then find her new album ‘Places’.
Here is the title track from the new album ‘Poor Stuart’
Wow, what a great time we had in Norway. We were shown great hospitality and friendship and played a couple of burning gigs. Here’s a video from our show at The Slabberasset Festival.
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
Really happy to have been asked to be part of this project. Darwish is a very inspired musician and composer from London, he’s also alright to hang out with! I had a great time composing, arranging and playing all the sax parts on his album ‘Reclamation’ . We’re doing some gigs around the UK over the next few months. You can find details on my gigs page or you visit his FB.
We had a great gig on The Folkestone Harbour Arm last Saturday. It’s a beautiful setting and there will be gigs and concerts there throughout the summer. Here’s a clip from our gig.