7 October at 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
While studying theatre at Dartington College of Arts, Ben picked up a friend’s guitar and immediately started writing his own songs. Influenced by early 1970s British folk, Britpop and Psychedelia, Ben’s post-folk sound has melody, stories, and lyrics at its heart. Frequently likened to Nick Drake and Syd Barrett, his very personal, often introspective and melancholic songs have charmed audiences and critics alike.
He’s supported the likes of Hannah Peel, Erland & The Carnival, Smoke Fairies, St Etienne, The Divine Comedy, and Jeffrey Lewis.
‘Introspective and often melancholic vocals offer the perfect picture window to redeeming an era of sound from the likes of Nick Drake. Ben’s voice has a quirky edge that is reminiscent of a male Vashti Bunyan. Folk music served up with a splash of dark psychedelia.’ Folk Radio UK.
This date at The Old Electric is part of a tour to promote his new EP Outside/Inside.
“It’s funny being inside, innit? ‘Cause when you are inside, you’re still actually outside, aren’t ya? And then you can say, when you’re outside, you’re inside…because you’re always inside your head.”Johnny, Mike Leigh’s Naked.
Taking the nocturnal and philosophical tone of the world of Leigh’s Naked, the EP examines inside out what it is to be inside and outside.