BEN REEL - Singer/Songwriter/Performer/Musician/Producer
Ben Reel/ Raise Your Glass Now
Irish born singer/songwriter Ben Reel will release his 6th studio album in April 2013 entitled “Darkness And The Light”. It will include 11 brand new songs. This will be the first record that he has recorded & produced in his own home studio in Co. Armagh, N. Ireland. but first here is teaser for the new record , a re worked single "Raise Your Glass".
Since his debut back in 1999, each album has gone from strength to strength, touching on different styles of music along the way from rock, soul, blues, Alt Folk/Americana with the occasional injection of reggae.
This was highlighted on his 2012, 18 song best of album (Ben Reel 1999-2009 Compilation 10) released only as a limited edition for loyal fans to buy at gigs, but is also available on iTunes.
Ben’s music has evolved into an honest earthy, soulful sound that has matured like a fine wine and he has very much his own sound today. This can be heard on this new “Darkness And The Light” album.
Ben Reel never makes the same album twice and this new album is testimony to that. “Darkness And The Light” has more edge and more up tempo feel than his previous release in 2009 “Time To Get Real”.
The songs deal with the struggles of life of the ordinary people since the global economic crash.
Also probing for spiritual meaning and balance between the Yin and the Yang, trying to find light, hope and healing in these dark troubled times. Serious songs from a serious artist in a serious moment in time.
In the last 10 years he has had numerous high profile TV & Radio appearances and airplay under his belt including Bob Harris BBC Radio 2 and has supported celebrated names like Jools Holland, Alabama 3 and The Cranberries. He has performed his radio hit ‘U People’ with the late great Ian Dury’s legendary ‘Blockheads’ and has recorded the song with award winning saxophonist Gilard Atzman.
Also over the last 5 years Ben has enjoyed successful tours in Europe, receiving rave reviews and attracting a growing fan base which has lead to being invited to play the prestigious Dutch festival Huntenpop in August 2010 . His band includes amongst the finest musicians in Ireland, his brother in law Michael Black on Drums, Ronnie O’Flynn on bass and Mick McCarney on guitar. With this line up they have built up a loyal underground following. Ben is often described as an ‘artist lying beneath the radar for way too long’.
In 2010 Ben played showcase gigs in Nashville & Memphis (Folk Alliance) and plans are in place to return to the U.S in 2013 to promote his new record. Plus he will be touring extensively in Ireland, UK & Europe, with plans also in the pipeline for Australia at some stage in the near future.