Download a free and exclusive version of "Things Haven't Started Happening Yet" (from "The Week The Clocks Changed") by visiting the "Music" page here on the site. This acoustic version was recorded by Ben and Colm McClean in Amberville Studios, N. Ireland, April 2008.
For those unable to make it to Ben's Belfast Music Week performance tonight at the Black Box be sure to catch him with Ralph McLean on BBC NI. Ben will perform a couple of new songs and will discuss his tour with Mary Gauthier as well as catch up and share a few laughs with Ralph. The session, taped this afternoon, will air tonight at 8 pm.
Ben has been asked to perform an "in the round" session during the highly anticipated Belfast Music Week. Ben will perform alongside Errol Walsh, Anthony Toner, and Clive Culbertson on Wednesday, Sept 15th at The Black Box.
Belfast Music Week runs from 12 - 19 September 2010, and will bring together a staggering 100 live music events. It will showcase bands, songwriters and DJs, with key artists from Belfast's rich musical heritage and today's thriving contemporary music scene.
Belfast Music Week will also feature industry workshops, seminars and networking events staged across the city featuring leading speakers of international stature from the global music industry.
For a list of all events, visit www.belfastmusic.org
Ben has just been invited by Mary Gauthier to provide support for her upcoming UK tour. The 10 city tour, in support of her critically acclaimed new release "The Foundling" kicks off Nov.10 in Brighton and wraps up Nov. 22 in Gateshead and includes dates in London, Edinburgh and Manchester.
“…Gauthier’s songs startle with authority and detail. If she keeps this up, one day she may assume the mantle of Johnny Cash…” New York Daily News
“Gauthier’s new CD, “The Foundling” is the product of two years work, and is quite simply the best collection of songs she’s ever recorded. With ‘The Foundling’, Mary Gauthier has created her first masterpiece. Not for the easily frightened, it is the most raw, brave and ultimately satisfying album I’ve heard in a very long time. Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. ” No Depression Magazine
“One of our most evocative storytellers and fearless stewards of the emotional landscape…” Acoustic Guitar Magazine
“With songwriting as powerful as hers, there’s no need to go looking for qualifiers…She’s a unique, intrinsically valuable musical voice. And there’s never a surplus of those.” Los Angeles Times
For a full listing of tour dates please check the "Live" page on the site.
Be sure to check out the new photos from Ben's performance at Nashville's Music City Roots. The pics are located under the photo icon. Also check out the new tour dates listed on the "Live" page. The fall/winter season looks to be a busy one for Ben. He will be spending Sept 23-30 in New York City where he will be performing a week long residency at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Station then he heads back to N Ireland for several live appearances.
"Un-predictable and un-scripted, informative and always entertaining! A “must listen” for anyone interested in music. That’s how our audience is describing Music Business Radio, a syndicated weekly one-hour specialty program spotlighting the inside workings of the music business. The show is hosted by music market expert, consultant, and author, David Hooper, and features interviews with various industry professionals giving the listeners their insight and expertise into the business. Our wide-ranging guest list include Grammy Award winning producers, artists, musicians, and songwriters….as well as, record executives, promoters and artist managers. Ben Glover and Neilson Hubbard are next on Music Business Radio. This episode talks about Ben's new album, Through the Noise, Through the Night. It also includes two performances from him, backed by Neilson Hubbard. We talk about Ben's move from Belfast, Ireland to Nashville, how he got Vince Gill to perform on his debut album, his current album, what it was like to work with Neilson Hubbard, and more. Listen live at 7 pm CST. or check the link below for podcast.
For those in Nashville, don't miss Ben's debut performance at the Music City Roots Radio Show. The hit show is broadcast in front of a live audience at the Loveless Cafe and hosted by Jim Lauderdale. Ben will be performing with producer Neilson Hubbard and players. Also on the show, Cary Hudson, Derek Hoke, Shannon Whitworth, and Sonos. www.musiccityroots.com
Ben wishes to extend his deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Hugh Friel, Paul Doherty, Ciaran Sweeney, Mark McLaughlin, Eamonn McDaid, Patrick PJ McLaughlin, Damien McLaughlin, and James McEleney, who were tragically killed in an automobile accident on July 11 in Co Donegal. He asks for people to keep Shaun Kelly in their thoughts, also a victim of the accident, who is in critical but stable condition.
Be sure to check out the new song added to the Music page. Along with the EP and Ben's first two albums we've added the beautiful duet "Do What You Do," featuring Elaine Murphy. The track is available as a FREE download on this site only!
Ben's home village of Glenarm, Co. Antrim will be celebrating the launch of the "The Regeneration Masterplan for Glenarm" on Wednesday 30th June. As part of the event Ben will be performing live outdoors at the old Eglinton office courtyard at the harbour at 7.15pm. The event is free admission.
Be sure to tune in to Dundalk FM on Friday, June 25 as Ben will be performing a live session with Michael Duffy. Also, don't forget Ben's show the following day at the Sea Bangor Festival at 5 pm.
I have read people compare Glover to Ryan Adams and that seems apt, especially when it comes to vocal quality. Glover’s voice gives a frailty to some of these songs that really pushes their mood to another level.
We've just posted these new pics from Ben's highly successful London showcase this week. He had a great show and enjoyed spending a few days working in London. He flew back yesterday and boarded a boat this morning at 6 am for Scotland. Ben will be performing tonight on Ricky Ross' show on BBC Scotland. He performs in Edinburgh at The Bongo Club on Sat (May 29th) and at Stereo in Glasgow on May 30th.
Ben's show with Declan O'Rourke at An Droichead this Saturday (June 5) has sold out. For those in Belfast who didn't get a chance to grab a ticket be sure to check him out June 18th at McHughs.
Ben recently stopped in and did a live session with Ricky Ross on BBC Scotland. The two met in Belfast a few years back and got to catch up in Nashville last spring over a big southern breakfast. The pair reunited on May 28th in Glasgow on Ricky's "Another Country" programme on Scotland's BBC. Ben performed several songs and caught up on the latest tales from the road with Ricky.
"Ben Glover is a singer/songwriter from County Antrim in Northern Ireland but he also spends time in Nashville. I discovered Ben several months ago when I downloaded his song Where the Lines Are at the NI Charts site. I became an instant fan so I was happy to be asked to review his album.
This, his second album, was recorded in Nashville and you can detect that wonderful mellow realism that is part of the city’s style throughout. The songs have great lyrics. They spin intimate tales of dreamers, lovers and all of those who have reached the point in life where they realize that fabled happy ending may not happen but they keep going anyway. The tunes are catchy and the mood is upbeat not angsty, even when things are not going the way the subject of the song may have hoped. These are songs people can identify with which just adds to the enjoyment of listening to them.
I’d have a hard time picking just one favorite track. The first song Full Moon Child draws you and each of the songs that follow tightens the hold on your attention. I Am, You Are is a cometary on how we, as humans, are losing touch with our fellow humans in this busy world. These are songs of love, of regrets, of all the things that make up life. Great writers don’t really show us a light, they show us a mirror and that reflection is what is really enlightening. Ben Glover is one of those writers.
I urge you to go to Ben’s myspace page and listen to his music. You too will become and instant fan. You will be hearing lots more from this singer/songwriter."
wo years ago, trhe Co Antrim singer-songwriter made his debut with The Week The Clock’s Changed. Reviewing here, I likened him to Steve Earle, Ryan Adams and Springsteen but also noted how one of the tracks reminded me of Steve Forbert.
It’s Forbert who, in terms of phrasing, vocal kinship and easy rolling melodies, is the strongest comparison on this, Glover’s sophomore release. Again recorded in Nashville, this time produced by Neilson Hubbard, it may not have the heavy hitter guests (Gill, Lauderdale, Miller) of its predecessor but the musicians are first class and among the co-writers you’ll find the name of one Mary Gauthier. Their joint effort, the gently humming Full Moon Child, gets the album off to a glittering start, Glover’s dusty voice in fine yearning fettle as he spins the bittersweet story of a part time motel weekend bartender with ‘the same last name as a well known whisky’, living on cheap cigarettes and unfulfilled dreams.
A classic in the making, it’s worth the price alone, but that’s just a taster of what lies ahead. One of the more Forbert-like numbers, Monument Green reveals Glover’s keen ear for a catchy pop melody, Where The Lines Are (from whence the title comes) is a fine example of shuffling Celtic Americana that will again draw David Gray references just as Let It Do What It Does reveals a streak of Van.
If there’s a flaw it’s that, after the fourth track, I Am, You Are, an anthemic piano ballad waiting for the right stadium, the material’s less immediate and more moody. However, that’s not to criticise the quality of numbers like the Mike Scott-styled big music of Grounded, wry love song The Hat or First Chance For Second Lies, a track that wouldn’t sound out of place on a best of Fleetwood Mac.
Besides which, the album ends on as a high a note as it began with Too Late To Leave Her Alone, a seven minute slow waltzer unfolding to guitar, piano and strings backing that evokes star flickering desert night skies and carries you away like a passing comet. The man deserves to be huge. Consider it your duty to help him on the way.
Don't forget to check out the new dates added to the "Live" page. Ben is currently in London and from there heads to Scotland, N. England and back to N Ireland and the Republic. Be sure to catch him either at a live show or on the air as he will be doing several radio sessions in the upcoming weeks.
As many of you know, Ben calls Nashville, TN his second home. He was saddened to see the incredible pictures that came out of Nashville and Middle Tennessee after a historic rainfall last weekend. Floodwaters from many creeks and rivers inundated literally thousands of homes and businesses. Additionally, the floodwaters from the Cumberland River poured into the downtown and Opryland area flooding the Opryland Hotel, The Grand Ole Opry, The Tennessee Titans stadium, the Musicians Hall of Fame and Country Music Hall of Fame. Thousands are still without homes and the rebuilding effort will take years. The people of Nashville have been amazing in helping their neighbors and volunteers are coming out in the thousands to help strangers rebulid what's left. You can help by making a donation to the American Red Cross (www.redcross.org) or the Salvation Army (www.salvationarmyusa.org).
Ben is one of the featured artists on We7 for the week. Check out we7.com for live streams, downloads and interviews with artists like Ben, Black Eyed Peas, and Band of Horses.