Ben was raised by musical parents who exposed him to lots of their favourite records from singer-songwriter artists from the 1960s and 1970s, such as Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan, which were a big influence on him.
After attending Torquay Boys' Grammar School and then a short stint in journalism, Ben decided to focus on making music full time, making melodic rootsy folk music, with progressively darker lyrics. He began to build up a reputation not just around Devon, but elsewhere in the UK as well. After a month of sold out dates across Europe and the UK Ben was eventually asked to sign to Island Records, won over by a particularly enthusiastic crowd response at a gig in London.
Thrilled by the label's history of famous UK folk singers, including Nick Drake and John Martyn, Ben decided to sign. With singles "Old Pine", and "The Wolves" released already in 2011, he has recorded an album entitled 'Every Kingdom' for the label, due out on 3 October.
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