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Ben Howard has announced details of his biggest UK and Ireland UK tour for later this year.
The new tour commences on the 2nd November at The Dome in Brighton, and concludes at London's O2 Academy Brixton on the 28th November, his biggest headline show to date. Support for this November tour will be Willy Mason. Ben's previously announced forthcoming UK tour is completely sold out! He then heads out to SXSW in March ahead of his debut US tour. Ben Howard releases his new single The Wolves on the 27th February. It is taken from his debut album, Every Kingdom, out now on Island Record
Ben Howard is a young acoustic troubadour who will make you feel as though he is the first young acoustic troubadour you have ever heard. He brings freshness to the form, gives it lustre, making it all seem brand new even as his songs have about them a quality of wisdom and a rootsy authenticity as old as the hills.
He is something of an acoustic guitar whiz, having mastered the art of strumming, plucking and hammering the instrument for rhythmic purposes. And he's only 23 but already - minus any of the usual army of public relations people and pluggers behind him - can sell out a 400-capacity venue, including some of the capital's coolest venues, at the drop of a plectrum, having amassed a secret society of fans via the UK's fiercely loyal surfing community that has already spread over the water to Germany, France and Holland.
Because of his parents' record collection, Ben is, he admits, "still fairy addicted"to all the classic 60s and 70s singer-songwriters, from Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan to Van Morrison and Richie Havens.
His highly acclaimed debut album, has crashed into the Top 10. It was recorded in a converted barn in Devon, and has turned out darker in its lyrical content than he imagined it would. The melodies come easy, but he worked hard on the words.
Life on the road with his band - India on cello, and Chris on bass and drums - has made them a close knit unit, and given them all a heightened "awareness of sound". You can hear it too, in the gentle, note perfect harmonies and the fragility in which they are delivered. They hush rooms, scatter the audience with a sense of euphoria, and leave them desperate for much more of the same.
Ben sees himself as the latest in the lineage of pioneering Island Records' rootsy, folk-rock acts. "They sold me the idea on the back of their involvement with Nick Drake and John Martyn. That's my era. When I saw their roster I couldn't say no."
Dark and alluring on tape, and creating this unique live story before the story's truly yet begun, Ben Howard harks back to a classic and comforting time of old, albeit with a forward-thinking method of guitar performance.
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