Ben Harper and his band are returning to Bluesfest this Easter, much to the delight of our Festival Director, Peter Noble;
“There is something about Ben and Bluesfest that cannot be put into words….to hear him perform at the Festival which discovered him is almost an experience approaching mysticism….it is transcendental…you have been warned”
Ben Harper…Bluesfest favourite…. Multi Instrumentalist…Artist…Activist, the list goes on. Whether it’s through the soul of Southern Gospel, 70’s funk, blues, reggae or rock and roll, Ben and his trademark Weissenborn guitar wows audiences across the globe with his provoking live performances, poignant lyrics and timeless songwriting.
Ben has been well received in Australia since the beginning with song such as “Waiting on An Angel”, “Mama’s Got a Girlfriend Now” and “Pleasure and Pain” off his debut album Welcome to the Cruel World (1994) being widely played on Australian airwaves. His latest effort Give till it’s gone (2011)is no exception, it debuted at no. 15 on The Billboard 200 and was hailed by The Rolling Stone as “his most searing personal album”.
Ben has performed with a never ending list of prolific Artists from Ringo Starr, Jackson Browne to Pearl Jam. His collaboration with The Blind Boys of Alabama There will be light earned two Grammy Awards for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album in 2005.
To celebrate his stellar career, Ben will be releasing By My Side later this year – a selection of his favorite ballads including “Diamonds On The Inside”, “Forever” and “Waiting On An Angel”, Ben will also include his new ballad “ Crazy Amazing”.
We are thrilled to have Ben Harper and his band back this Easter to deliver yet another life changing live performance… don’t miss it.