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It’s nice to be understood…

Very occasionally, without any prompting, someone writes about your music in a way that you always hoped. Thanks to Danny Neill at Folk Radio UK for a lovely review.

My favourite quote from the review:

Well, the cover images show him to be a heads up, can-do sort of chap. The kind of house guest who wouldn’t mind helping with the washing up.”

Read the full review here.

Darwish – ‘Reclamation’

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.

 

Brass Hysteria – Music For Change

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.

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.

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

String Band ‘Live in The Netherlands’

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 

 

 

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

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.

 

 

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