Already a favourite on the London Americana /country scene, Benjamin Folke Thomas and his band make their second appearance at The Moon after a very successful launch of their album Rogue State Of Mind.
An evening of alt-country-folk not to be missed!
Ben’s third album, Rogue State Of Mind, was recently released by Bucketfull Of Brains and represents the summation of the talents of this remarkable young Swede, who made such an impression while residing in London and touring the UK.
His uniquely engaging stage presence displays the kind of humour sadly missing in the work of so many introspective singer-songwriters, with audiences groaning at the truly awful jokes he insists on inserting between songs. But there is far more to him than that.
His astonishing acoustic guitar skills in the style of Bert Jansch or John Renbourne has watching musos in awe, while his songs reveal depths of emotion and stories from a young life that has been lived hard. This is a man who has loved and lost and channels his feelings into his work. Having English as a second language gives him a unique ability to avoid songwriting clichés and to express himself in unconventional and natural lyrical ways.
His first full length album was a live showcase (Equinox) and his first studio album (2013’s Too Close To Here) brought him to the attention of a wider critical audience.
Ben’s charming manner and unstudied approach has built him a core following of committed fans. Now Rogue State Of Mind – championed by Whispering Bob Harris – proves him ready to break though to a wider audience.
"Captures the spirit of Greenwich Village ca 1965...A convincing calling card"
Stuart Lee, The Sunday Times.
“One of the most promising rootsy women artists in the Americana scene.” – No Depression Harmonies. Soul-touching lyrics. Underhill Rose has put its talents to work to become synonymous with fresh, beautiful Americana music.
With Eleanor playing her distinctive claw-hammer style on a Deering banjo along with harmonica, Molly Rose on guitar and Salley plucking the upright bass, the trio has carved out a place in the Americana scene with songs that run the gamut from heart wrenching to sassy and playful to thought-provoking. Eleanor’s salty blues-inspired voice and Molly’s soaring range lead the group in tandem with Salley’s country twang to create three-part harmony music that is real and inspired, and rooted in everything life has thrown at Asheville, North Carolina’s pre-eminent female trinity.