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Irish artist Ben Reel has just released
his new album `Land Of Escape' featuring 12 brand new
tracks. This was the 8th studio album and like the last
2 previous records it was recorded and produced in Ben's
home studio in South Armagh. It is different than the
last record 7th with a more alt folk ambient vibe.
Since his debut album `This Is The Movie' back in 1999,
Ben has reinvented himself from album to album, influenced
by different styles of music from rock, soul, blues,
alt folk/Americana, country & reggae which fuses
all these genres into a melting pot to create a great
sound which has become his own.
In a solo career which now spans almost 20 years receiving
critical acclaim from radio & press from around
the world with numerous high profile TV & Radio
appearances like BBC & RTE, supporting names like
Jools Holland, Alabama 3, The Cranberries and has collaborated
musically with such names as Hal Ketchum, The Blockheads
and co wrote and performed with some of Nashville's
finest, David Olney, John Hadley, Sergio Webb, Irene
In 2011 Ben played an official showcase at Folk alliance
in Memphis TN and in 2013 he toured as double bill with
Tommy Womack (Nashville) in the U.S & UK & In
2014 also as double bill with legendary American folk
singer/songwriter Eric Andersen in the UK.
In November 2017 Ben was honoured to be asked to perform
`On Raglan Road' at the 50th anniversary commemoration
of the famous Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh.
Over the last 10 years Ben has enjoyed successful tours
in Ireland, UK, Europe & U.S.A, receiving rave reviews
and attracting a growing loyal fan base. The band have
graced big festivals such as Hippie Jacks (USA) Haarlem
Jazz & Huntenpop in Holland, Robin Hood folk festival
(UK), Kilkenny rhythm & roots, Cork jazz festival
& Ireland's premiere music festival "Electric
Picnic" and recently December 2017 the Ben Reel
Band played the Musiktan festival in Bilbao, Spain.