15/8/16: Ben has just been confirmed as special guest on Grammy nominated Brandy Clark's UK tour in September. The tour kicks off in Birmingham on 20th September and continues onto Glasgow, London and Manchester. For ticket info visit here
10/8/16: In an early review of The Emigrant, Fatea Magazine says " Never has the sound of longing been so uplifting." Read the full review here
3/8/16: The Emigrant album sampler: Fancy a taster of Ben's new album? We've put together this sampler of The Emigrant to give you a flavour of what to expect when it's released on 30th September 2016 on Proper Records. Visit Youtube here to access the sampler video. Enjoy!
19/7/16: NEW ALBUM ANNOUNCEMENT: We are very excited to announce that Ben has signed with Proper Records for the release of his new album The Emigrant. The album is a co-production between Ben and Neilson Hubbard and will be released on 30th September 2016. Ben is a big fan of many of the artists on Proper and is absolutely delighted to be part of this great label. Find out more and pre-order The Emigrant via Proper Records here
11/5/16: The Thin Air reviews Malojian, Matt McGinn and Ben's Belfast show. Read it here
11/5/16: Gigging NI reviews Northern Lights at the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival. Read it here
3/5/16: The Thin Air blog recently interviews Ben and his Northern Lights touring partners Malojian and Matt McGinn. Read it here
25/4/16: The Bluegrass Situation recently invited Ben to be a guest contributor and put together a Spotify playlist compromising his favourite Irish artists. Check out Ben's playlist and his thoughts on the songs and artists here
14/3/16: Folk And Tumble blog talk to Ben about his April/May tours...read more here
Folk Alliance 2016 - Ben has been selected to perform an official showcase at the Folk Alliance Conference in Kansas City in February. His showcase will be on Thursday 18th at 6.15pm in the Brookside Ballroom. Ben will also be performing a number of private showcases...please get in touch with us if you wish to get more details.
3/2/16: Ben and Gretchen Peters' song Blackbirds won 'International Song of The Year' at the UK Americana Awards in London tonight! Gretchen (who's album Blackbirds won International Album of The Year) was in London at the awards show to pick up the award. We're delighted at this honour and thanks to everyone who voted for it! Read this piece on the awards by The Belfast Telegraph here
'Soundtrack To A Ghost' has been released in Italy on Appaloosa Records and has just received a 4**** review in Italy's foremost music magazine, Buscadero!
Ben and Gretchen Peters receive a UK Americana Awards 2016 nomination for their song Blackbirds for International Song Of The Year! The inaugural awards ceremony will take place in London in February 2016. A full list of the nominees is available to see here
Folk Radio UK calls 'Soundtrack To A Ghost Story' "Outstanding." Read the review here
The Americana/roots music bible that is No Depression features The Orphan Brigade on their homepage!! Visit the site here
"One could imagine that The Band of a solo Robbie Robertson might have made the album" claims Blabber'n'Smoke! Check out the review here
For The Country writes that 'Soundtrack To A Ghost Story' is a "perfect piece of Americana and a fascinating examination of the effects of warfare." Read further here
Folk and Tumble blog features a beautifully written piece on the The Orphan Brigade. Read it here
"Soundtrack To A Ghost Story" receives 8/10 in Americana UK and says "Americana's most interesting release of 2015?" Read the review in full here
Three Chords and The Truth blog reviews The Orphan Brigade's new album and says "Praise cannot be lavished any higher for the outcome of Josh, Ben and Neilson's project and while the name The Orphan Brigade is not presently a household one, with any justice it should be." Read the review here
Gigging NI blog features "Soundtrack To A Ghost Story." See the piece here
Ben's side project 'The Orphan Brigade" will release their album "Soundtrack To A Ghost Story" on Friday 13th November 2015! You can view the new video for 'Trouble My Heart (Oh Harriet) here
Check out the session that Ben performed on BBC Radio 2 recently on the Bob Harris Sunday show...visit here to listen in...
The Orphan Brigade is marching through the indie film circuit. This side project, featuring Ben, Neilson Hubbard, Joshua Britt, Kim Richey, Gretchen Peters, Kris Donegan and others is a concept record and documentary based on a haunted house in Kentucky. The documentary "Soundtrack to a Ghost Story" has already won the Special Jury Award at the Shreveport Film Festival and is also being featured in the Nashville Film Festival, Bare Bones Film Festival and SouthEastern Film Fest. Documentary and music release info coming soon. In the meantime learn more here
Striking Matches, a US band on IRS Records recently debuted at the top spot of the UK Country Charts with their album "Nothing But the Silence." The album, produced by legendary producer T Bone Burnett, features the song "What A Broken Heart Feels Like" which was cowritten between the duo and Ben.
Download a copy of Gretchen Peters' latest album "Blackbirds". The new album, which debuted at number one on the UK Country Charts features three songs co-written by Ben (Blackbirds, Pretty Things, and When You Comin' Home). The album is available on I Tunes, Amazon and through Gretchen's site here
Be sure to check out Ben and Angel Snow performing "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go" here
The current season of "Stella", the Sky 1 drama starring Ruth Jones, features four of Ben's songs from Atlantic. Tune in to Sky 1 on Friday nights at 9pm!
Check out the new video for "Prisoner" here
Ben kicks off a co-headlining tour with Angel Snow on March 5 in Perth, Scotland. The 15 city tour wraps March 25 in De Schalm, Netherlands on March, 25. Full tour dates available here
National jewelry company Kay Jewelers recently chose Ben's song "I Could Take The Whole World On With You," for their 2014 Thanksgiving Campaign airing on VH1. The song is part of a side project done with frequent co-writer Kaci Bolls. You can see the ad here!
The Telegraph lists "Atlantic" among best 23 country albums of 2014
Elmore Magazine calls "Atlantic" a "staggeringly authentic take on roots" Read the review here
The Telegraph (UK) gives "Atlantic" 4 out os 5 stars! Find out more here
Ben has been named American Songwriter's Songwriter of the Week. Check out the interview here