“Howard’s songs seem to cascade from his fingers, gathering words and melodies as they go, carrying his reedy, tremulous voice as their crescendos surge.” – NY TIMES
We think Ben Howard is going to fit in very well here in Byron Bay this Bluesfest, a keen surfer and raised by musical parents with his mother being “a bit of a hippie”, the British born troubadour will be bringing his blend of rootsy and folk arrangements and homespun harmonies to the Bluesfest stage for the first time this Easter.
Although it can be argued that the folk-pop genre has taken over our airwaves and stages in recent years, Ben brings something different to the genre. Perhaps it is how he has grown up listening to his parents’ record collection, all the classic 60s and 70s singer-songwriters from Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan to Van Morrison and Richie Havens, or it could be his mastery of the guitar, there is certainly something that makes him stand out from the sea of folksters
“Uniquely brilliant. A rich, full voice pitched somewhere between Ray LaMontagne and a young John Martyn.” – SUNDAY TIMES
His 2011 album Every Kingdom was nominated for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize for Album Of The Year, alongside prestigious contemporaries such as Alt-J, The Maccabees, Richard Hawley, Django Django, Jessie Ware and fellow Bluesfest 2013 performer Michael Kiwanuka. The album was produced by drummer, Chris, Ben says of his involvement;. "Nobody knows the music like we do. Chris is brilliant at capturing a mood and an atmosphere so we kept close to what we know so well. I am really proud that we did." . Since the release of the album,Ben has conquered his homeland, toured the US (including SXSW and Austin City Limits performances), had a synch on House and featured on Later...with Jools Holland, Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel.
With a brand new EP of material, The Burgh Island EP, released in December 2012 finds him ditching his acoustic guitar and taking things electric. The EP coincides with Ben’s biggest, sold-out UK tour to date.
At the age of 25, we think the future is looking mighty bright for Ben Howard, and we can’t wait to see him shine at Bluesfest.