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Live Highlights/Poor Stuart

Poor Stuart by Ben Somers available now.

“Somers’ voice oozes country charisma” – Maverick Magazine

“A joy to behold….boy can he come up with a tune” – Folk Radio UK 

“Wonderful” Thank Folk For That. 

“Exquisite!” Nick Baraclough,-  BBC Radio

Steve & Ben New Album Session

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London Album Launch Review

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

Interview/New Album

Really enjoyed speaking to Laura Cooney at Entertainment Focus about my new album Poor Stuart, work and music. Click HERE to read the full interview.

Entertainment Focus Interview/Album Feature

Thanks to Laura Cooney form Entertainment Focus for the feature on my forthcoming album. Had a nice time chatting and the interview will be online soon. Click here to read the whole piece.

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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.

 

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.

 

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.

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