Ben Reel live
Thursday May 3rd
BEN REEL - Since his debut album `This Is The Movie’ back in 1999, Ben has reinvented himself from album to album, influenced by different styles of music from rock, soul, blues, alt folk/Americana, country & reggae which fuses all these genres into a melting pot to create a great sound which has become his own. In a solo career which now spans almost 20 years receiving critical acclaim from radio & press from around the world with numerous high profile TV & Radio appearances like BBC & RTE, supporting names like Jools Holland, Alabama 3, The Cranberries and has collaborated musically with such names as Hal Ketchum, The Blockheads, award winning saxophonist Gilad Atzmon and co wrote and performed with some of Nashville's finest, David Olney, John Hadley, Sergio Webb, Irene Kelley. In 2011 Ben played an official showcase at Folk alliance in Memphis TN and in 2013 he toured as double bill with Tommy Womack (Nashville) in the U.S & UK & In 2014 toured with legendary American folk singer/songwriter Eric Andersen in the UK.
In November 2017 Ben was honoured to be asked to perform `On Raglan Road' at the 50th anniversary commemoration of the famous Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh. Over the last 10 years Ben has enjoyed successful tours in Ireland, UK, Europe & U.S.A, receiving rave reviews and attracting a growing loyal fan base. The band have graced big festivals such as Haarlem Jazz & Huntenpop in the Netherlands, Robin Hood folk festival in Nottinghamshire UK, Kilkenny rhythm & roots, Cork jazz festival & Ireland’s premiere music festival “Electric Picnic” and recently December 2017 the Ben Reel Band played the Musiktan festival in Bilbao, Spain.
7th Reviews `Ben is a singer-songwriter from South Armagh with a mighty band behind him, the sound is sometimes reminiscent of Dylan and The Band.' - Dai Jeffries (Folking.com) May 2015`In days of yore there used to be something called ‘good time rock ‘n’ roll’. With 7th, Ben Reel’s just reinvented it. ' **** -
Pete Whalley - Get ready to rock Sept 2015`Certainly the South Armagh man shows no sign of flagging on this self-produced 14-track set – and that goes for his impressive band as well.
Reel’s 2013 Darkness and the Light album was strong, but this is better balanced and more consistent. 'Joe Breen - The Irish Times - 4/5 stars album review of 7th/ May 2015
`Fine return from Northern Ireland’s premier exponent of American roots’Colm O’Hare- Hotpress - June 2015Previous reviews for 2013 album `Darkness & the Light’: A Stunning collection that confronts the everyday struggles of ordinary folk'.-Maverick Magazine- June 2013 Alan Cackett'Career highlight for south Armagh man, his best yet'-Hotpress- April 2013
Colm O'Hare "His energy & desire to communicate, to sing, is infectious, and the Armagh man's band rises to the challange. This is a meaty, mature, well produced album concerned with serious topics."
- Joe Breen, Irish Times July 2013 -" He's not afraid to throw in some in folk, soul, reggae vibes, which in turn call to mind John Hiatt at his best. "-R2 Magazine by John Atkin July 2013- (4/5) stars
About Ben Reel: Ben Reel is a native of Silverbridge, South Armagh. Soon after high school at the age of 17 he started his musical career in 1989 performing & songwriting with local band “Trim The Velvet”’ before going solo in the late nineties. Against the backdrop of the troubles in Northern Ireland, music became Ben’s way out. He first picked up the guitar when he was fifteen years old, inspired by the realness of the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison & Neil Young whose music struck a chord that resonated deep into Reel's psyche. This is still reflected in Ben's heart on the sleeve approach to performing and writing. Today Ben Reel performs occasionally as solo or duo with his wife Julieanne or with his Dutch band `The Haarlem Boys’ but mainly he performs with his fantastic Irish band `Ben Reel Band’. He divides his time between touring Europe and the USA and producing music for himself and other musicians. Ben Reel Band: Ben Reel: vocals acoustic guitar, harmonica. Michael Black: drums. Ronnie O’Flynn: bass. Micky McCarney: Guitar Gerry Black Jnr: Guitar Julieanne Black: backing vocals and percussion, Discography: Albums Land Of Escape (2018) 7th (2015) Darkness & The Light (2013) Time To Get Real 2009 New Horizon (2007) Sweet Victory (2004) Lost in a Haze (2001) This Is the Movie (1999) Discography: Compilations Ben Reel - '10' (1999-2009)Discography: EP’s Exorcise Me E.P. (2000) U People (2005) single GSA PR: ARTIST.M.S. - Marketing and PRMichael Schurr Tel +49 8751 84 76 50 Fax +49 8751 84 76 51Mail to: bWljaGFlbCAhIHNjaHVyciB8IGFydGlzdG1zICEgY29td3d3ICEgYXJ0aXN0bXMgISBjb21HZXJtYW55VUs=
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