Tommy Womack & Ben Reel

Backroom@SpiritStore - Free

Fri 12 Jul, 2024 | Doors 9:00PM | €0.00 + Booking Fee


Tommy Womack & Ben Reel

Tommy Womack & Ben Reel first met at Folk Alliance in Memphis back in 2011.
They struck up a mutual admiration and friendship. They toured together as duo in UK, Netherlands & America back in 2013
and have shared the bill twice in the famous Bluebird cafe In the round sessions in Nashville TN.
Tommy Womack is a cult hero in Nashville who has written songs for Todd Snider, Jimmy Buffett, Jason & the Scorchers, Dan Baird and others. He played in Government Cheese from ’85 to ’92 & played in the bis-quits (with Will Kimbrough) from ’92 to ’94, and had the honor of making a record for John Prine’s label. Tommy has made eight solo albums since then (counting his new one) and made three albums with a side project band called Daddy (again with Will Kimbrough). Tommy can be summed up by saying he is a songwriter and an author. He won the “Best Song” award in the Nashville Scene Critics Poll twice. His three books (including Cheese Chronicles & Dust Bunnies which have been described as cult classics) have four and five-star reader ratings on Amazon. His new record is called I Thought I Was Fine. It’s great.

Ben Reel released his 11th studio album 'Come a Long Way' in June 2023. The album charted at No.9 in the Euro Americana chart.

Since his debut album `This Is the Movie’ back in 1999 (which has just been released as a 25th anniversary remastered edition) Ben has reinvented himself from album to album, influenced by different styles of music over the years. As one critic said, " He's not afraid to throw in some in folk, soul, reggae vibes, which in turn call to mind John Hiatt at his best". Another describes him as “somewhere in the middle ground between rock and jazz or a sound that is sometimes reminiscent of Dylan and the Band”. He has also been described as the Irish Springsteen and comparisons have been made about his voice sounding like the ghost of Roy Orbison but Ben Reel is very much his own man.

In a solo career which now spans over 20 years, Ben has received worldwide critical acclaim with numerous high profile TV/Radio appearances like BBC, RTE and Dutch NPO Radio. Supporting the likes of Jools Holland, & The Cranberries and he has collaborated musically with such names as Hal Ketchum & The Blockheads and has co written and performed live with some of Nashville's finest such as David Olney & Nanci Griffiths.

‘The Nashville Calling` was the title of his 9th studio album which was released in March 2020. Produced by Will Kimbrough & Tommy Womack and featuring Garry Tallent on bass from the legendary E Street Band. Recorded in Nashville this was a dream come through for Ben. The album went to No.1 in the Euro Americana charts in April 2020 voted by respected DJ's and critics all over Europe.
In the past Ben has played festivals such as Jamming@Hippie Jacks (USA), Musiktan festival in Bilbao,(ESP). Haarlem Jazz & Huntenpop (NL), Robin Hood folk festival (UK), Kilkenny rhythm & roots, Cork jazz & Electric Picnic (EIRE). Ben has built a loyal fan base in various countries around the world and continues to be be one of the hardest working troubadours around.