Ben Thomas is a London-based, Swedish-born singer-songwriter. At 22 he’s one of the most exciting prospects coming out of the London acoustic scene, and a stalwart of The Easycome Club, The Betsey Trotwood, and Honky Tonkin’ Sunday.
A drummer in a grunge band his life was transformed when he heard Kurt Cobain singing ‘In The Pines’ on Unplugged. Steeping himself in Leadbelly, Dylan, and Leonard Cohen, by the age of 20 he was an accomplished finger-picker, confident performer, and mature songwriter. Jaded Londoners didn’t know what had hit them when they first heard songs like ‘Paradise Lost (Heaven Found)’, and saw this robust performer with a stage presence the Bob Dylan of two decades ago.
Ben's CD comes in a splendid gate-fold sleeve with a portrait photo by Annabel Vere and musical contributions from Graham Knight, Steve Brookes, Paul Cuddeford, and Ange Boxall.
“The young Swede's debut mini album captures the spirit of Greenwich Village circa 1965... A quietly convincing calling card” - Stewart Lee (Sunday Times)
“A new UK artist...you should check out is Benjamin Folke Thomas. If you like Nick Drake, John Martyn, Van Morrison, Blood On The Tracks Dylan, then you will love...” - Simon Raymonde (Bella Union Records)
“A great world-weariness in the vein of Jackson C Frank and Tim Hardin...if it was the 60s he would undoubtedly be on Elektra” - Nigel Cross (Founding Editor – Bucketfull Of Brains)
This is the first release on Bucketfull Of Brains Records. Previously Bucketfull Of Brains released a whole series of records attached to issues of the magazine which are now collectors items Flexi-discs of The Rain Parade, Robyn Hitchcock, The Barracudas, and more, 7’ singles – notably Dream Syndicate’s ‘Blind Willie McTell b/w The Bevis Frond’s ‘High In A Flat’, and REM’s ‘Academy Fight Song’. A Loose Gravel CD and a series of cover-mounted compilation CDs in the late 90s.