BEN REEL - Singer/Songwriter/Performer/Musician/Producer

Ben Reel/ Bio - press release for `Land Of Escape'/ 2018

Irish artist Ben Reel will release a new single `Soldier Of Love' on March 9th 2018 which will be followed by a new album `Land Of Escape' on 30th March featuring 12 brand new tracks. This will be 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 will be 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, supporting names like Jools Holland, Alabama 3, The Cranberries and has collaborated musically with such names as Hal Ketchum, The Blockheads, award winning saxophonist Gilad Atzmon and performed & co wrote with some of Nashville's finest, David Olney, John Hadley, Sergio Webb, Irene Kelley and played the famous bluebird cafe in the round a few times with some of the above mentioned Nashville cats.

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 and In 2014 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 Haarlem Jazz & Huntenpop in the Netherlands, , Robin Hood folk festival in Nottinghamshire 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.