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Folking.com – Ben Somers Tour Dates

Thanks to folking.com for this feature on my new album. Click here for the full article and tour dates.

Two Noble Kinsmen @ Shakespeare’s Globe

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.

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Ben Somers Album Launch & Tour

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’

The Ben Somers String Band – Poor Stuart (Live) from Bobby Williams on Vimeo.

 

Ben Somers String Band New Album/September Tour

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.

Ben Somers String Band in Norway

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.

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.

Sept

30th – The Green Note. Camden, London

Oct

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

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