Early Review of "Before the Birds" 

Our first artist today is Northern Ireland's Ben Glover.  Glover had just finished his law degree in Belfast when he decided to become a troubadour instead of a barrister. Still relatively new to the scene, Glover has already recorded or played with the likes of Vince Gill, Jim Lauderdale, Buddy Miller, and Mary Gauthier.  Gauthier especially has taken an interest in Glover, naming him as the support act for her upcoming tour of Ireland & the United Kingdom this spring.  Glover's third record, Before the Birds, is comprised of ten mellow mid-to-slow tempo tunes with heartfelt lyrics and a pleasing delivery.  Highly recommended.

RIYL: Ellis Paul (A Fifty Cent Lighter and a Whiskey Buzz)

Ben and Stuart Bailie Visit Manuel 

From Stuart's Blog...

Manuel Arturo José Cuevas Martinez makes bespoke clothing for Jack White, Kid Rock, the Killers and Bob Dylan. His style is western extrovert, adorned with magical motifs and startling colours. Back in the day he worked for the famous Nudie Cohn, but he has clearly developed his own legend, working into his senior years and name-checking Keith Richards, the Grateful Dead and the old greats like Porter Wagoner.

He has still heaps of that Mexican charm and his studio in Nashville is adorned with letters from Ronald Regan and images of his old work with Gram Parsons - the legendary suit worn on 'The Gilded Palace Of Sin'. He smiles when you mentioned the ruckus it caused and you feel that the guy's astonishing energy will be stitched into many more ensembles.

Here's a picture of himself, myself and Ben Glover. The latter you may know as a talented Antrim boy now working in Nashville and who was set to buy an impressive black suit until the price tag almost caused a fainting fit. Some day fella, you will wear those duds with pride.


New Song Featured on MMXINI Double Album for SXSW 

MMXINI – The Album

Northern Ireland has produced an extraordinary amount of internationally renowned artists across the years:

  • Van Morrison’s reputation as a songwriter and performer is second to none.
  • David Holmes continues to produce and compose some of Hollywood’s most captivating movie soundtracks.
  • The Undertones released some of the most infectious punk pop records of all time.
  • Snow Patrol have proved to be one of the 21st Century’s hottest international acts. Now 2 Door Cinema Club are following closely on their heels.

We celebrate this wonderful heritage and work with those who will follow in their footsteps – the new musicians, writers, performers and music entrepreneurs who will capture the world’s imagination.


About this CD


This double album has been compiled to highlight the extraordinary creativity, confidence and individuality of the current crop of music makers from Northern Ireland.


The White Album


The White album showcases bands and artists who above all are master songwriters – mostly genre defying but displaying pop craft and lyrical sharpness, often with ‘more than a nod’ to folk and roots influences.

It should come as no surprise that many of the artists have had previous recordings and compositions synchronised in international film, television and advertisements – and we would anticipate multi media placements for many of the tracks on this album. 

"You Are The Same as the Tide" from the upcoming release "Before the Birds" is featured on the "White" album.

"Before the Birds" set to be released April 4 

"Before the Birds" - Release date set April 4, 2011

Ben is excited to announce that his new album, "Before the Birds" will be released on April 4. The album, produced by Neilson Hubbard, features 10 new songs written or co-written by Ben and includes the highly anticipated "I Am With You."

"I feel as if it's taken three albums for me to finally step into my own shoes; to finally create a sound, which I feel wholly represents me. It's not as if my first two albums were very heavily produced, but by sound has naturally become more stripped back, less layered. I was very intent on making my vocal and the essence of the song be the focal point of "Before the Birds." This was my second album working with Neilson Hubbard and it's the most personal record I've made. Neilson creates such a trusting enviornment that allows for us both to throw out ideas and try new things. That relationship afforded me the space to explore and make the truest record of my career."

In support of this release, Ben will join Mary Gauthier for 12 dates throughout Europe starting April 28.

"Before the Birds" will be available through this official website, and online retailers such as CD BABY, Amazon, and I Tunes.

Back on the Road with Mary Gauthier 

Ben is preparing to hit the road once again with Mary Gauthier for her tour of the UK and Ireland this Spring. "I am so grateful for the opportunity to support Mary on tour. She is one of the finest artists and people that I know," says Ben. "We had such a great time on tour last November and I'm looking forward to another successful run of shows." The first date kicks off  at Chequer Mead in East Grinstead, England  on April 28. For a full listing of dates, please click


Ben is proudly teaming up with Sara Griggs and Green Room Artist Relations. Green Room Artist Relations is a fully-integrated LA-based division specializing in creative release strategies, image and relationship management, and brand development for new and established artists and is headed up by industry vet Sara Griggs. Griggs started her music career at Mercury Records where she learned the ropes working on CD launches and tour support for a large roster of artists that included Vanessa Williams, Michelle Shocked, Robert Cray, Bon Jovi, James, Tears For Fears, Texas and Catherine Wheel. She went on to Roland Corp as PR & Artist Relations Specialist and was Marketing Manager at Music Player Network (Guitar Player, Bass Player, EQ & Keyboard). She launched Sara Griggs Media in 2002 and Green Room Artist Relations in 2011.
"It's a privilege to get the opportunity to work with Green Room and Sara. She has such enthusiasm, knowledge and creativity," says Ben.  I'm very excited about our plans and am really looking forward to what we are going to accomplish together."

For more information, contact Sara at



Ben is excited to announce that he is teaming up with Tascam, the world leader in recording products, to endorse their highly regarding equipment. "I'm honored to have been asked to endorse Tascam. I've been using their gear for a while now and have always been amazed at how cutting edge they are." For more than 30 years, TASCAM has developed products for every segment of the sound and music industry. From the high-end audio professional in a major post-production studio to the novice or hobbyist at home, TASCAM is everywhere. They are a company committed to providing customers audio/video solutions that enable breakthroughs by using sound in ways that are as exciting as they are accessible.

Catching Up  

Ben landed in Nashville on Saturday night and by mid day Monday the process of creating the new album had begun. Ben has once again teamed up with Neilson Hubbard and they are currently holed up in Mr. Lemons Studio laying down tracks for the follow up to "Through the Noise, Through the Night.' The song selection is complete and they are currently laying down bass and drum tracks. The recording process will go until Christmas and they head back in after the new year to finish up. While in the States Ben will be hitting the road and performing in Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky so for all of you in the Southern States, I hope you get a chance to catch a show.  He is excited to be playing new songs off the album, which is tentatively set for an April release.

Ben is blogging daily to keep everyone in the loop on the process. Be sure to check out the blog page here on the site as well as visiting his video blog page to see a few funny clips from the road

New Video Footage/Photos from Gauthier Tour 

Ben is briefly back in N. Ireland after a great two week run with Mary Gauthier and Tania Elizabeth. There's not much time to unpack as he heads to Nashville on December 4th to begin recording the follow up to "Through the Noise, Through the Night" with producer Neilson Hubbard. Be sure to check out photos from the tour in the Pics section of the site. Also check out the following youtube links to video footage of Ben's performance in Manchester.

Glasgow Americana Show Review 

Keeper of the Americana flame in Glasgow  - Kevin Morris of The Fallen Angels Club has just delivered 5 days worth of Americana music to the city of Glasgow as part of the 4th

Glasgow Americana Festiva

I only managed to make it along to a few shows but enjoyed them all. One of which was that of Northern Irish songwriter now based in Nashville -

Ben Glover


, who had jetted in to open for Tift Merritt. Ben gave a storming performance of songs from his album Through The Noise, Through The Night with a brilliant version of Atlantic City thrown in to the mix for the CCA crowd. His cd is hot property in my household  - I love the lyric ‘she’s got the same last name as a well known whisky’ from the track Full Moon Child  - I’m convinced the surname in question is Grouse. - John Alexander

Concert Review - Glee Club, Nottingham 16 Nov '10 

"That fine Louisiana singer and guitarist Mary Gauthier

christened the classy new music room at the

Glee Club with an act that touched all the emotions.


Adoption's a more emotive subject than most, and Gauthier distils painful attempts to contact her long-lost natural mother in her latest album The Foundling. If we'd come feeling good, she remarked, we'd leave feeling grateful. But an impish grin accompanied the comment.


Indeed, Gauthier became a top songwriter because she doesn't wallow in self-pity. She observes herself and others with shrewd understanding. Every life is a story worth telling: Gauthier tells it in words that are crisp and music that makes it all bearable.


Her narrative of the hobo king illustrated both the sympathy and the humour.


Gauthier's voice, low and expressive, was partnered by the gorgeous 5-stringed fiddle and ardent harmony singing of Canadian musician Tania Elizabeth. An instrumental solo nearly brought the house down.


Of several requests gladly accorded, Mercy Now served as the memorable finale, Drag Queens in Limousines providing a spirited encore.

Ben Glover, who wrote Full Moon Child with Gauthier, paved the way for her set. From Northern Ireland but now working in Nashville, Glover has been called the Irish Bruce Springsteen, and the tag is not undeserved.

The evening's one technical hitch was Elizabeth's misbehaving mic stand, quickly sorted. The Glee Club promises to be a paradise for songwriters – and a very agreeable rendezvous for their fans."
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Gig Review - St Bonaventure's, Bristol 15 Nov '10 

Gig review from St. Bonaventure's in Bristol - Mary Gauthier

...The New Orleans-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter had brought along Ben Glover to open the show.


Although from Northern Ireland he seems to have made a lot of friends in America where he now spends much of his time. And that is not surprising for he has a great voice and is a fine songwriter of edgy almost pop songs.

From the rapt attention of everyone in this packed venue you might have thought he was a headliner rather than the support act but it probably won’t be long before he is getting star billing. - Keith Clark (Crackerjack -

Tour Blogging 

Ben is busy blogging, keeping us up to speed on his UK tour with Mary Gauthier. So far he's covered Brighton, London and Brussels. Be sure to check out his news from the road in the "Blog" section of the site. New ones will be posted throughout the tou

Ben kicks of Mary Gauther tour on November 10 

Final preparations are being done before Ben flies out to begin his support tour with Americana great, Mary Gauthier. There is already talk of Ben being a "must see" on this tour. Mike Davies (Birmingham 101 Gig Guide - Midlands) says "Support comes Co Antrim singer-songwriter  Ben Glover whose sophomore release, Through The Noise, Through The Night (Mr Jones) conjures thoughts of Steve Forbert in his phrasing, vocal kinship and easy rolling melodies while among the co-writers is one Ms Gauthier, their Full Moon Child a bittersweet story of a motel bartender living on cheap cigarettes and unfulfilled dreams. A classic in the making, it's worth the price alone, but there’s more where that came from.   At some point, he’s going to become stellar, and you’ll kick yourself if you weren’t there at the start." Check the Live Page for dates and locations. Don't miss it!

Free Download Exclusive - Melodies of Midnight 

e sure to visit the music page for a free download of "Melodies of Midnight." This version, was recorded at Amberville Studio in 2006. Also available for free download on the music page are unreleased versions of "Do What You Do," and "Things Haven't Started Happening Yet," as well as full album paid downloads of "The Ballad of Carla Boone (EP)," "The Week the Clocks Changed," and "Through the Noise, Through the Night."

Ben joins Atlantic Sessions as featured performer 

Ben will be performing 29 October in the Senior Common Rooms at Colraine University as part of The Atlantic Sessions on the North Coast. The Atlantic Sessions features a series of contemporary and traditional folk music performances in participating bars and restaurants throughout Portrush and Portstewart from Thursday 28th October until Sunday, 31st October.

The FREE Music Trail in Portrush and Portstewart and extending to The University of Ulster Campus, Coleraine presents established favourites such Here Comes The Landed, Gentry and Pure Blarney as well as James O’Connor and Gentry Morris.

NYC Wrap Up 

Ben just wrapped up seven days of performances in New York City's world famous Grand Central Station. Ben and Anthony Toner represented Belfast's singer/songwriters by performing 17 shows to enthusiastic crowds in Vanderbilt Hall. While in NY Ben had the chance to visit some of NY's biggest tourist attractions including the Empire State Building, Central Park, the Museum of Modern Art as well as making a pilgrimage to pay homage to John Lennon at the site where the legendary Beatle was gunned down at the Dakota Apartments, by a crazed fan. Ben almost became an expert on the NY subway system and got miles and miles of sidewalk pavement under his red Converse. Be sure to check the new feature "Video Blogs" on the site. There you will see "episodes" from Ben and Anthony's trip to the Big Apple. Also check out the video section of the site for footage of performances taped while in NY, including a recording of new song "I Am With You," that is slated to be on Ben's upcoming new record.

Grand Central Station, New York City... 

Be sure to catch Ben and fellow singer-songwriter Anthony Toner in New York City, Sept. 24-30. Tourism Ireland chose Ben and Anthony to represent the N. Ireland music scene with daily acoustic sets at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Station. The acoustic sets are part of a week long event being run by Tourism Ireland that also includes performances by celebrated actors, and exhibits by acclaimed local artists as well as a spectacular "Titanic" exhibition. For more info go to

Ben and Anthony will be performing at the following times:


Friday September 24th, shows at 12noon, 1pm and 3pm
Saturday September 25th, shows at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm
Sunday September 26th,  Anthony solo show at 11am, Ben solo show at 12noon, together at 1pm
Monday September 27th, shows at 4pm, 5pm and 6.30pm
Tuesday September 28th – 6.15pm appearance at a gala invitation event
Wednesday September 29th – shows at 5pm and 6pm
Thursday September 30th – shows at 10am and 11am