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Songlines- “an extraordinary acoustic album”

Thanks to Songlines magazine for a great review of my album ‘Poor Stuart’

London Album Launch Review

Click here to read Laura Cooney’s review of our album launch gig at The Green Note in London.

BBC Celtic Heartbeat

Thanks to Frank Hennesey for playing tracks from my recent album on BBC Celtic Heartbeat.

Listen to the show here.

‘Squirrel Hunters’

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

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.

London Fiddle Convention 2018

Over the past few years I’ve become a regular member of the London Fiddle Convention. This year along with convention organisers Chris Haigh and Pete Cooper. We were joined by the wonderful young fiddler Tom Moore. Here are some highlights from the concert.

Review “Ben Somers Live at De Melkbus”

A glowing review of the String Band’s recent live album. Thanks to Chris Couregan at The Brewgrass Chronicle for featuring in his blog and also reviewing for The British Bluegrass Music Association.

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.

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’

https://player.believe.fr/v2/3614979718261

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