Walks and dreams in the Cotswold Hills; haunting shadowy nights wrapped by Skye’s unforgiving Cuillin ridge and nomadic weeks on Scotland’s west coast and Islands have all conspired to help create an award-winning folk artist’s debut album.
Armed with a guitar and living in a car with the sea for a bath, no plan or maps and precious little underwear, Ben Maggs drew upon his adventures around the British Isles for his debut release Come As You Are in November 2015.
Since then Ben, from Cirencester, has been touring the UK, and he stops off for a show at Carnforth Heritage Centre on June 10.
He said that connecting with a live audience is a precious experience, but that this particular gig has even greater significance.
“Playing in Carnforth is something I am really excited about, especially as it’s at the Heritage Centre, which I remember visiting with my family many moons ago,” he said.
“Generations of my family have been fascinated by steam powered travel, so the station and works at Carnforth was an obvious place to visit whenever we came here.
“As a boy I was often in Lancashire as I have close family in Morecambe.
“Most of my other memories are of places like Happy Mount Park, Frontier Land, Morcambe Bay near the Hest Bank Signal Box and wandering by the canal in Bolton Le Sands. If I had to describe the themes of the album and the tour, I’d say wild nature, human nature and the nature of love.”
Ben’s Carnforth gig comes off the back of a month long tour in Scotland, where he has played in locations as far afield as The Orkney Isles, Isle of Lewis, Isle of Coll, Isle of Luing and Knoydart Peninsula.
He will also support The Proclaimers for two dates of their current UK Tour.
The show starts at 7.30pm, tickets are £7.50 from Carnforth Heritage Centre or call 01524 411039. Visit www.benmaggsmusic.co.uk.
Hailed by the music press as ‘mesmerising’, ‘crackling with creativity’, ‘outstanding’ and ‘magnificent’, this talented Singer/Songwriter is a real tour de force.
“As soon as I knew the gig in Carnforth was a possibility I jumped at the chance. I’ve wanted to play in the area for so long, I’m delighted it’s finally happening. Having so many memories of being here when I was growing up, it feels a bit like heading home”.
With Ben’s genuine warmth, absolutely ‘nothing held back’ performance, his beautifully expressive vocals and melodic lyricism carried exquisitely by resonant acoustic guitar, you can expect nothing less than the full and free expression of the heart and soul of this talented troubadour.
Maverick Magazine **** ‘mesmerising’
Whisperin and Hollerin **** ‘versatile and extremely strong vocalist’
AAA MUSIC **** ‘enchanting’ ‘an amazingly bright artist who captivates an audience’
Acoustic Magazine - ‘so impressive’
God is in the TV Zine - ‘crackling with creativity’
BBC Introducing - ‘gorgeous music