News

Ben signs with Lo-Fi 

We are excited to announce that Ben has signed a deal with Lo-Fi out of Los Angeles for exclusive representation for music supervision in film and television!

Songs in "Stella" 

Big thanks to Tidy Productions for choosing five of Ben's songs to be included in upcoming episodes of Sky TV's hit show, "Stella." "A Thousand Suns," "Song of a Caged Bird Singing," "Sweet On," "And Only You and I," and "Trick of the Light" will all be used this season. 

Coca-Cola 

Ben's song "Whatever Happens Will" has been used by Coca-Cola in their advertising campaigns in Latin America! 

Album Complete 

Ben has put the finishing touches on the new record and the release plans have begun. The 11 song album was recording in Ballyliffin, Ireland with longtime producer Neilson Hubbard and includes a duet with Grammy nominated writer Gretchen Peters and several songs co-written with Mary Gauthier. 

Kickstarter Campaign Big Success 

Ben's Kickstarter campaign has wrapped up and we are pleased to annouce that he went over his goal! Producer Neilson Hubbard and guitarist Kris Donegan are packed and will head to Ireland where they will meet up with Ben and head to Co Donegal where the recording process will take place. Videographer Paul McParland will be on hand to capture the behind the scenes of the recording for an upcoming documentary on the making of the record.

CONGRATS! 

Congrats to Ben for winning second place in the Unsigned Only song competition. His song "Melodies of Midnight" finished in second place in the folk genre. There were over 9,000 songs entered from more than 100 different countries. 

Show Review 

 "I was there to see Gretchen Peters, but before she took the stage it was the turn of Ben Glover, an Irish singer who spends 7-8 months a year over in Nashville. What became very clear straight away is how much the music means to Ben, as he put his heart and soul into every second of his time performing for us. His songs tell stories, his voice exudes passion and he himself is immersed in his craft which he has honed to absolute perfection. From wistful ballads to energised belters, Ben Glover is someone I hadn’t heard of 24 hours ago, but is someone I will be keeping a close eye on and I came away from the gig with a copy of his 3rd album, Do We Burn The Boats?. Chatting to Ben after his set, he told me that quite a few of the songs he’d played were for his next album, and one I particularly liked had only been finished last week. From first hand experience, I can tell you that that next album is going to be absolutely brilliant and I can recommend Ben as a recording artist and most defnitely as a live act. Not only is he vocally brilliant but he’s a masterful guitar player too." - www.thefable.co.uk

Cut on Kim Richey's new record 

  
 Ben is proud to have a song recorded by Kim Richey that is included in her newest release Thorn in My Heart. The song,  "No Means Yes", was written by Ben and producer Neilson Hubbard and was included on his latest release Do We      Burn The Boats? "Kim is such a special artist and    it's great to have a song included on her new album. I've been a fan of  hers for years so it is definitely a special thing," says Ben. You can check  out Kim's music, tour dates and news at    www.kimrichey.com


Ben visits the Gerry Kelly Show 

Be sure to tune in to BBC Radio Ulster Saturday April 13 for live session with Gerry Kelly. Ben will be performing with Anthony Toner and Brendan Murphy in support for Braid Arts Centre Performance later that night.

Additional Dates with Gretchen Peters Added 

We've added additional dates with Gretchen Peters on the 2nd leg of her UK Tour. Dates include stops in Kendal, Oxford, St Albans, Shoream on the Sea and High Bardfield. Ben heads back out with the amazing Mary Gauthier on April 17 for a 17 date tour of Ireland, Denmark and Sweeden.

Ben Added to Glasgow Americana 2013 

Ben has been added to Glasgow Americana's The Grievious Angel - Gram Parsons 40th Anniversary Tribute. The October 6 performance wil  be held at the Cottier Theater in Glasgow, Scotland. He will be joined by Madison Violet and Roddy Hart and others tbc. Tickets are onsale now. Be sure to check out  Ben's performance of "Grievious Angel" with Gretchen Peters. www.youtube.com/watch



NO ALIBIS - GIG POSTPONEMENT - 23RD MARCH 2013 

On behalf of No Alibis and ben...
Hi Folks

It is with great disappointment that we have had to announce the POSTPONEMENT of tonight’s concert with BEN GLOVER.
The combination of bad weather and hazardous road conditions has led us to the decision that hosting tonight’s concert would prove to be unduly stressful for those having to travel to Belfast and more importantly…travelling back home.
We have an alternative date arranged for Sat 18th May.
Any tickets purchased for tonights concert will of course be valid for the May 18th Concert.
Anyone wishing to obtain a full refund can do so by contacting David on 028-90-319601 or david@noalibis.com
Ben and No Alibis Bookstore want to take this opportunity to apologise for any inconvenience caused due to this postponement.

GIG REVIEW - Midnight Ramble 



From beginning to end, of this cold damp evening in Bridport, I was delighted and amazed by the extraordinary attention to detail and true stagecraft of the whole show. This, for me, was one of those rare standout shows that make an ever-lasting impression.

I must confess, I knew relatively little about Northern Irish Singer/Songwriter Ben Glover’s music before the show, but his half hour opening set ensured that I am now an avid fan, as I am sure can be said for the majority of the audience.

The upbeat ‘Whatever happens will', (the opening track of Ben’s latest Nashville recorded album ‘Do we burn the boats?’) was a definite crowd pleaser. The percussive guitar intro coupled with the steady timbre of Ben’s confident vocal, for me, instantly likened him to Americana greats Griffin House and Jason Isbell. The melodic, breathy ‘No means Yes’ reminded the audience of Ben’s Irish singer/songwriter roots, with definite Damien Rice-esque tinges to it. Ben welcomed Barry Walsh, Gretchen Peters’ husband and long-term musical partner to the stage for his third song. Barry’s appreciation for Ben’s music was evident throughout the brand new song ‘Another Train’ which Ben co-wrote with Mary Gauthier. Here rang true the real influence of Nashville, where Ben now calls home, on his music, not only given away by the Cumberland River reference, but in the attention to detail and overall passion in the performance. As if the soulful piano addition from Barry wasn’t enough to wow the audience, star of the show Gretchen Peters quietly appeared stage right behind her husband, and subtly layered on some beautifully sung harmonies, for a truly spellbinding experience.

Whether or not this had been planned before hand, Ben seemed genuinely surprised, uttering humbly over the ovation, “that’s the first time they’ve done that!”

Ben’s performance was notably elevated from this experience, his Gibson Hummingbird suddenly more audible, and the general level of appreciation all round, left him rounding off his set on a high with uplifting well crafted ‘I am, you are’ from his acclaimed 2010 album ‘Through the Noise, Through the Night.’ Ben’s evident love of performing, excellent presentation and laid-back charm certainly justified the comment I overheard from audience members behind me:

“I’d have paid just to come and see him…and that was the support act!”

Gretchen Peters, who had a good base of existing fans at the show, had certainly gathered a few new ones by the end of her first song ‘Woman on the Wheel’ which introduced the wonderful multi-instrumental talents of Canadian Christine Bougie, skillfully playing (and not playing) lap steel in all the right places.

Next up was ‘Sunday Morning (up and down my street)’ from her 2007 album ‘Burnt Toast & Offerings’ with beautifully subtle electric guitar this time, from Christine, flawless harmonies and the incredibly skilled addition of glockenspiel (whilst still playing the piano with his other hand I might add!) from Barry.

The show was well balanced, with plenty of songs from her latest album, notably, ‘Matador’, ‘Dark Angel’, ‘Five Minutes’ and title track ‘Hello Cruel World,’ as well as old favorites including ‘Circus Girl’, ‘England Blues’, ‘Guadalupe’, co-written with Tom Russell, and ‘On A Bus To St Cloud’.

Gretchen has a wonderfully engaging presentation and performance style, sharing the stories behind her self-penned masterpieces in a very down to earth manner. There was not an ego in sight. Giving each musician a chance to shine, Christine on lap steel, guitar and percussion, Barry, with his moment in the spotlight, performing his own instrumental cinematic composition and Ben joining Gretchen on stage for an effortlessly slick duet of Gram Parsons’ classic ‘Grievous Angel.’

The whole set was a brilliant display of refreshingly honest songwriting - heart on the sleeve stuff, tackling some very serious issues. ‘The Matador’ being no exception. Said by Gretchen’s Idol, the great Rodney Crowell to be: “Beautiful, brave and poetic…literally inspires me to tears. Hand over my heart” - I couldn’t agree more! Despite the seriousness of the subjects, I never found the songs sombre or melancholy, more assuring, literary genius, elegantly presented, with outstanding levels of sensitivity.

One of the most memorable moments for me (of which there were many that evening) was the stunning re-work of Grammy Nominated ‘Independence Day’ from her 2009 album ‘Circus Girl.’ Gretchen jovially sat at the piano, to perform this one solo, made an off the cuff comment about the piano being older than her, and told us that she had “had to take a step back from this song, and put it in a new frame,” and that she certainly did! The first time I saw Gretchen “live” was on a ‘Stageit’ show streamed live from her lounge. Despite the fact that I was amongst an audience of approximately 200 people this time, I felt like I was looking into her lounge again, like she was pouring her heart out, blissfully unaware of her surroundings - a wonderfully intimate moment.

The evening was rounded off with an extended version of ‘I'm Not ready To Say Goodbye’ and, judging by the applause, neither was the audience, who were then gratefully indulged with ‘Breakfast at our house’ “something off my divorce album – that always gets a laugh!” said Gretchen wryly. The final encore, for which Ben re-appeared on the stage, was a fantastic version of the Rolling Stones Hit ‘Wild Horses.’

Both Gretchen and Ben told us they loved Bridport, and Bridport certainly loved them, so here’s hoping they will come back soon. I cannot recommend enough that you check them out if they do!

Belfast Shows Sold Out 

Both of Ben's upcoming stops in Belfast are sold out. The show with Gretchen Peters at The Errigle and his solo performance at No Alibis are both at capacity. For those in Belfast wanting to catch a show Ben will be back on May 10 with Mary Gauthier as part of the Cathedral Arts Festival.

Rose Falcon 19th Ave the EP Vol 2 Released Today 

Ben is excited to have a song included on Rose Falcon's 19th Avenue EP Vol 2 that was released January 29th on Universal Records. Ben co-wrote the song "Take Me To Memphis" with Rose and Billy Falcon ("Power Windows"). Rose is a highly acclaimed singer/songwriter who has had songs recorded by Faith Hill and Lady Antebellum as well as featured in the movie "Country Strong" starring Gwyenth Paltrow. Check out the EP on I Tunes...https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/19th-avenue-the-ep-volume-2/id594679234