Iconic Music - Benjamin Folke Thomas news
2015 saw Swedish countryrock/Americana star Benjamin Folke Thomas tour the UK extensively with his band and appear solo at numerous festivals. Their visits included recording a session for 'Whispering' Bob Harris's BBC Radio 2 Sunday show and an appearance on the BBC Radio 4 conversation and music pot pourri 'Loose Ends'
They promised '...we will be back...' and now we are delighted to announce the first confirmed gigs in April 2016.
Check out the Gigs link on the left or see below for a full list of dates booked so far.
We still have a number of dates available, so if you are a promoter looking for an exciting act to play your venue then do get in touch.
Below is a video from one of the shows Ben and his band played this autumn. The gig was at the Convent, an unusual and characterful venue near Stroud in Gloucestershire. Check out the Convent's YouTube Channel
Story published 1 Dec 2015
We'd like to introduce singer-songwriter Benjamin Folke Thomas to you.
Five years ago Ben left his native Sweden to perform on the London live music circuit. He quickly made his mark, gaining a loyal following with his explosive brand of alt-country and Americana.
Described as 'Robert Johnson and Leadbelly meet Warren Zevon, Leonard Cohen and early Dylan', Ben is a mature songwriter, highly accomplished guitarist and inspired vocalist. Above all, he is an electrifying performer - the jaded London audiences hardly knew what had hit them at his shows. Ben went on to delight festival crowds at Glastonbury, Green Man, Larmer Tree and Cropredy among others.
We are not the only ones keen to introduce Ben to wider audiences. Bob Harris (a connoisseur of alt-country if ever there was one) chose Ben as one of the three 'BBC Introducing' acts who will accompany him to Nashville for the 2014 Americanas.
Ben performs as a soloist, duo or - primarily - leading his four-piece band. His show is tailored to venues holding between 100 and 300 people but we can offer show formats for smaller or larger capacities.
Ben is currently based in Sweden but he returns regularly to Britain. His next UK touring period will be the second half of April 2015. Dates are filling fast so don't miss out - to book Ben email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us on 01926 632946 / 07879 844397
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You can listen to Ben's album 'Too Close To Here' on Soundcloud:
You can also check out these YouTube videos:
Benjamin Folke Thomas live at Fairport's Cropredy Convention, August 2014:
Benjamin Folke Thomas at Bob Harris's 'Under The Appletree Session' ('Play It All Night Long'):
Benjamin Folke Thomas at Bob Harris's 'Under The Appletree Session' ('Blues For You'):
"Ben's instrumental virtuosity, sophisticated songwriting, and powerful passionate vocals add up to Americana at its very best." Bob Harris
"Stunning playing… his finger-picking is the best you will hear” Q Magazine
"Stands out like Oliver Reed at an AA meeting” The Guardian
"Thomas is a wordsmith, pure and simple, a conjurer of tales … one of the finest young talents out there.” Folk Radio UK
"A supremely confident and brazen display of talent…” Americana UK
"If you like Nick Drake, John Martyn, Van Morrison, ‘Blood On The Tracks’ Dylan, then you will love Benjamin Folke Thomas.” Simon Raymonde, Bella Union Records
"Ben was the surprise sensation at our Cropredy festival this year. He's a great guitarist and singer and the 15,000 people he played to loved his music." Dave Pegg
Story published 17 Sep 2014