This is a real Rock n Roll record from Ben Reel and his great Rockin' Band
Ben Reel will release his seventh studio album entitled 7th on Mon 18th May 2015. Like his previous album `Darkness & The Light’, his new album 7th was recorded & produced by Ben in his own studio in South Armagh, Ireland.
Track Listing: 1. Lucky Streak (Reel) 2. One Of These Days (Reel) 3. Crushed It (Reel) 4. Say (Reel) 5. God’s World (Reel, Olney & Webb) 6. Reflections Of The Blues (Reel, Hadley & Webb) 7. Back On The Road (Reel) 8. Meant To Be (Reel) 9. Many A Time (Reel) 10. Gimme Some Room (Reel) 11. Given It All (Reel) 12. Coming Round Again (Reel)
Bonus Tracks: All Souls Alive (Reel) & Resurrection Man (Reel & McLoughlin)
Since his debut back in 1999, each album released by Ben Reel has gone from strength to strength earning him many plaudits from the music media around the world.
Ben’s unique style has evolved by drawing from a wealth of different types of music, from rock, soul, blues, alt folk/Americana, country and reggae. By fusing these different genres behind his songs he has created a sound that has become his own.
Over the years Ben has made numerous radio and television appearances along with playing support to artists such as Jools Holland, Alabama 3 and The Cranberries. He has collaborated musically with such names as Hal Ketchum, the legendary ‘Blockheads’ and the award winning saxophonist Gilad Atzmon.
As a songwriter and performer he has co-written and worked with some of Nashville's finest, David Olney, John Hadley, Sergio Webb & Irene Kelley.
Over the last seven years Ben Reel has toured extensively across Europe and the USA resulting in the development of a loyal and growing fan base.
The Ben Reel Band features Ben Reel on guitar and vocals Michael Black on drums, Ronnie O’Flynn on bass, Mick McCarney on guitar and Julieanne Reel on backing vocals & percussion.
Amongst the bands most notable performances include appearances at festivals such as Huntenpop in the Netherlands, Kilkenny Rhythm & Roots, Cork Jazz Festival and Ireland’s premiere music festival “Electric Picnic” in 2014.
In 2013 Ben toured the UK and the U.S. with Tommy Womack (Nashville) and last year the Ben Reel Band toured the UK as double bill with the legendary Eric Andersen.
Musicians who played on 7th include,
Ben Reel (Vocals, Guitar) Michael Black (Drums) Ronnie O’Flynn (Bass) Mick McCarney (Guitars) Gerry Black Jnr. (Guitars) John McCullough (Piano, Organ, Synth & String Arrangements) Julieanne Black Reel (Vocals) Kelle Redmond (Vocals) Ronnie Morgan (Drums, Vocals) Ronald De Jong (Vocals) David Olney (Vocals) Sergio Webb (Guitar) Jimmy Bakker (Guitar) Hans Heidt (Saxophone, Brass Arrangements) Eoin Daly (Trumpet)
Message from Ben Reel:
“Being the 7th studio album I have released - hence the album name - I am proud to share this landmark record with you all. May there be many more to come from my home studio here in South Armagh.
I hope you enjoy the twelve new songs featured on 7th plus the two bonus tracks. Included is a new version of ‘All Souls Alive’ which first appeared on my New Horizon album back in 2007 & ‘Resurrection Man’ a track I co-wrote with Tony McLoughlin last year.
Like I say in the song ‘Back on the Road’
I’ll see you when i'm coming through I’ll be coming to a place near you B .Reel
About Ben Reel:
Ben Reel is a native of Silverbridge, South Armagh. He started his musical career performing & songwriting with “Trim The Velvet”’ before going solo in the late nineties.
Against the backdrop of the troubles in Northern Ireland, music became Ben’s way out.
He first picked up the guitar when he was fifteen years old, inspired by the realness of the likes of Bruce Springsteen & Neil Young whose music struck a chord that resonated deep into Reel's psyche. This is still reflected in Ben's heart on the sleeve approach to performing and writing.
Today Ben Reel performs both solo and as a duo with his wife Julieanne and as The Ben Reel Band. He divides his time between touring Europe and the USA and producing music for himself and other musicians.
Ben Reel Band: Ben Reel vocals acoustic guitar, harmonica. Michael Black drums. Ronnie O’Flynn bass. Micky McCarney piano, keyboards Julieanne Black backing vocals and percussion,
Discography: Albums 7th (2015) Darkness & The Light (2013) Time To Get Real 2009 New Horizon (2007) Sweet Victory (2004) Lost in a Haze (2001) This Is the Movie (1999)
Discography: Compilations Ben Reel - '10' (1999-2009)
Discography: EP’s Exorcise Me E.P. (2000) U People (2005) single
Darkness & The Light
Darkness & the Light (Bonus Tracks)
Bonus tracks from 2013 album release "Darkness & the Light".
Irish singer/songwriter Ben Reel released his 6th studio album on the 22nd April 2013 entitled “Darkness & The Light”. It includes 11 brand new songs. This will be the first record that he has recorded & produced in his own home studio in Co. Armagh. There will also be a special limited edition of the album available only on the benreel.com website, which will include 5 bonus tracks.
Since his debut back in 1999, each album has gone from strength to strength, touching on different styles of music 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, also available on iTunes worldwide.
Ben’s music has evolved into an honest earthy sound that has matured like a fine wine and he has very much his own sound today. This can be heard on this new album.
Darkness & The Light is a powerful soulful album with deep meaningful lyrics and memorable epic anthemic songs, with strong melodies combined with imaginitive expansive arrangements. Recorded digitally but with an analog feeling of warmth. The songs deal with the fall out 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 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 names like Jools Holland, Alabama 3, The Cranberries and appeared as a special guest at one of Hal Ketchum's shows in Dublin. 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 Gilad Atzmon.
Over the last 5 years Ben has enjoyed successful tours in Europe, receiving rave reviews and attracting a growing fan base . 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 recent years Ben has played showcase gigs in Nashville & Memphis (Folk Alliance) where he collaborated and co wrote with some of Nashville's finest like David Olney, Sergio Webb & Irene Kelley which he co wrote "Heart Just Won't Heal" which was a radio hit in several countries with the help Airplaydirect.com which he is number 2 on their all time radio download rock chart.
In 2013 Ben toured with another great Nashville based songwriter Tommy Womack covering Ireland, UK & Holland and a U.S tour in September that took in cities New York, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Lexington, Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Louisville & Hippie Jacks festival in Crawford TN . On his return there was further dates in Holland, Germany, Norway and of course his home country Ireland before Christmas came around. January 2014 has started off busy with 3 solo house concerts in Aalten Holland. an up coming German tour in early February with fellow Irish singer/songwriter Tony McLoughlin, In March sees a trip to Berlin for a House concert followed by a Dutch tour & in April a UK tour with his Irish band, teaming up with American veteran singer/songwriter Eric Andersen as double bill.
There will also be a start on a new record in the coming months ...watch this space.
Raise Your Glass Now
This is a beautiful atmospheric acoustic rock ballad with celtic undertones. It is a re working of the song which first appeared on Ben Reel's 2009 album "Time To Get Real"
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.
Time To Get Real
After the Boom … Get Real With Ben Reel. It is an album thats ticks boxes and fulfills its remit of a being an attention grabbing piece of artistry.” — Subba-Cultcha, 2009 - Time To Get Real
It is an album thats ticks boxes and fulfills its remit of a being an attention grabbing piece of artistry.” — Subba-Cultcha, 2009 - Time To Get Real
Rainy Night 3:540:00/3:54
Summers Always here 3:510:00/3:51
Feel Alive 3:090:00/3:09
Keep On Drivin 4:430:00/4:43
Time Just Slips Away 4:190:00/4:19
Who You Are 3:260:00/3:26
Raise Your Glass 3:580:00/3:58
Old and Wise 3:120:00/3:12
Time to get Real 4:040:00/4:04
Old Bog Road 5:300:00/5:30
Ben Reel Band
This is a soulful,spiritual,uplifting album with a powerful message.an electic mix of influences ,kinda the middle ground between rock and jazz with a hint of Americana,smooth grooves with captivating lyrics. Described as a soulful uplifting masterpiece by the London Post newspaper. Gerry Anderson from BBC radio described it as the best album he heard in years.
Cosmic Shifting 5:040:00/5:04
The Virus 3:460:00/3:46
Sweet Victory 5:450:00/5:45
Propaganda Machine 3:530:00/3:53
Will You Be My Woman 4:060:00/4:06
Last Day 5:250:00/5:25
Soothe My Soul 4:390:00/4:39
Angels Calling 5:310:00/5:31
Show Me 4:380:00/4:38
Magic is Gone 4:520:00/4:52
Ben Reel Band
A revolutionary reggae rebel song to "make politicians history". Recorded on the same desk Bob Marley recorded No Woman No Cry and Exodus.
U PEOPLE a song by BEN REEL & RAINBOW GEORGE
The story so far…. A A revolutionary reggae rebel song "A song for our times" A song to make politicians history, a song against the bankers, pranksters and gangsters of this world. Recorded in London in 2005 on the same desk Bob Marley recorded No Woman No Cry and Exodus.This summer 2009, the song is being re released for download only worldwide.
This song was written by Ben Reel and Rainbow George (Weiss) London,s most famous far left wing idealist of fringe politics .A few videos has been made of the song (which u can check out on YouTube) which was used as a party political broadcast for "The vote for yourself Rainbow party" for the 2005 U.K parlimentry elections and also twice in N.Ireland elections.It was shown 5 times on the one day on BBC1. Rainbow George is the most famous squatter in the world, a man whom inherited a £750,000 apartment in Londons Hampsted Heath.and managed to blow all the money in 18 months on his outlandish campaigns. Now 67 years of age, penniless and threatened with eviction from his current rented home, George,s close friend ‘Ben Reel’ has decided to re release the song to help raise some cash for Rainbow George the self named ;Wondering Jew or ‘Apprentice Prophet’. The time is now right for this song ‘U PEOPLE’ Power to the people, the revolution is here
U People 4:040:00/4:04
Ben Reel Band
This album has an earthy organic feel,with a rootsy rock west coast chilled out vibe.
This is the brand new album from the Ben Reel Band "NEW HORIZON" Official release date 25th june 2007. Ben Reel is a singular artist, the latest original to emerge from the wonderful Irish tradition of great singer-songwriters. From the troubadours of the heart and the message song, through Van Morrison and that shape-shifting Declan Patrick MacManus (Elvis Costello) and a bit of the Pogues, the Irish songsmiths crafted works both spiritual and emotionally charged while also tinged with the gift of turning a phrase with the best of them. Gerry Anderson, of BBC Radio Ulster called Reel’s last album, SWEET VICTORY, “the best album I’ve heard in years.” And live, Ben with long standing recruits Michael Black on drums, Ronnie O'Flynn on bass, Micky McCarney on guitar, Ben himself on vocals and guitar, the Ben Reel Band have been building a great reputation as being one of the finest live bands in Ireland.
Hailing from Silverbridge in County Armagh, against the backdrop of “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland, music became Ben’s way out. He first picked up the guitar when he was 13 years old and first musical adventure began when he formed the now legendary band Trim The Velvet.
After achieving significant success and a very loyal following, the band went their separate ways and Ben started recording and touring as a solo artist. To date he has completed 4 studio recordings, the latest of which NEW HORIZON, has just been completed and will be released in Ireland in April, 2007. Along with its predecessors it showcases Ben’s talent as a sublime singer-songwriter.
This time around though, Ben collected his band into the studio to hew simple, direct and heartfelt songs. While the Irish know that their Blarney can get them out of dire situations and make a bad situation so much lighter, they also know that the bitter truth needs to be acknowledged and dealt with straightaway. Ben’s songs on NEW HORIZON are those, bitter with the bad, but with a view to the way out.
The tracks have unfolded contain a more rootsy, earthy, Americana rock feel to them. The band has developed a kinship from performing throughout Europe, creating their unique sound together. Bringing real music back to the people in an age of the corporate manufactured mundane, NEW HORIZON announces to the world something, which a growing number of people have already known throughout Ireland; Ben Reel is a major talent.
hi-fi+ Magazine Review of New Horizon - 17th October 2007
Ben Reel Band ~ 'New Horizon' B.Reel Records: BRBCDA005
Ben Reel, a native of South Armagh, Ireland, is a superstar in waiting; rarely have I heard an album so complete and so fully realised. From the brilliance of the playing and arranging to the magnificence of Reel's voice - this is heaven all the way.
Actually it's his fourth album, so god knows where he's been hiding. With lyrics delving deeply into the spiritual, inspiration is heavily gleaned from classic books like Sogyal Rinpoche's 'The Tibetan Book Of Living And Dying' and Deepak Chopra's 'Synchrodestiny'.
However, it's one thing being a great word smith but it counts for nothing in music if you can't weave it into a strong melodic force. Fortunately Reel proves to be a master of both on this really beautiful collection of rootsy, soulful rock.
'New Horizon' is 'all killer, no filler', and if Reel can manage to get more radio exposure then there's no reason why songs like 'Westcoast', with its instantly memorable chorus, and the message-laden ' All Souls Alive' can't light up the increasingly stale and predictable mainstream airwaves for years to come.
Actually, every song here stands up handsomely to repeated plays, but one - the lilting Irish ballad 'When The Summer's Gone', featuring the angelic humming of Julieanne Black - is definitely the most haunting song I've heard in years and has 'future classic' stamped all over it. Revelatory work.
reviewed by Andrew Hobbs hi-fi+
Music 9 I Recording 8
AllGigs.co.uk Review of New Horizon - 8th October 2007
When it comes to making classy albums, Ben Reel's your man. Year on year, Reel's songwriting is growing in stature in every department, yet he still doesn't get the wide spread recognition he richly deserves. No doubt, he is a truly major talent. New Horizon continues to show his strength in depth and versatility. There's a distinct air of confidence on this superb album which might carry it forward. In reality, Reel is Ireland's best kept secret, though lead -off single Waitin For U, if it's not still floating around the major playlists, may go some way in bringing him a bigger audience. Having endlessly listened to it on holiday, New Horizon, his fifth album, there's much to admire here. Song wise,( there's plenty for the musos and general audience ), it's one of the strongest albums this year. This CD isn't just music ;it's art.
Reel found his inspiration in books The Tibetan Book Of Living And Dying, Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee and Synchrodensity, with a view to getting the listener to nurture the spirit and inner-self as opposed to looking for fulfillment in material gain. Heavy stuff maybe, but beautifully packaged. This inevitably renders Reel a svery serious musician. Unquestionably, here's here to stay, but he might just need a ' hit' to keep him on the radar.Finding an actual niche is often difficult, though an 'Americana' tag is inevitable due to the Stateside influences, particularly the open track and Westcoast, but it doesn't end there as there's a blusey hint now and again, found on harmonica drenched and dirty rocking Hell In Ur Own Head ( shades of Dire Straits ) which has scintillating solo breaks, and wholesome country / R&B rocker All Souls Alive which draws on the raw edges of Springsteen.The Boss seems to have also influenced delightful ballad Lonely Ship too. In sharp contrast, track 5, Orbit, proves to be the most gorgeous of the lot with dreamlike backups by Julieanne Black. Vocally, Reel himself is also tested.
I defy you not to fall in love with this song.A slow steady beat carries For U & I, allowing Reel's cultured vocals to meander, and some deft harmonica give it a boost. Meet U Again has definite shades of old skool 70s Soul, carried by neat harmonies, backups, wah wah's and understated electric solos. Sound of The West resurface on the title track, which magnificently create the dusty soundscapes via brilliant harmonica, and the best vocal performance on the disc. A stripped down and simple ballad When The Summer's Gone effectively closes a real gem.
Collectively, Reel ( harmonica / acoustic guitar) Ronnie O'Flynn ( bass) Mickey McCartney and John McCullagh ( piano / keys ) Julieanne Black ( backups /percussion) prove to be quite a formidable outfit. Their rootsy, no frills approach and overall production only serve to enhance the musical delivery and final product.
Review by Elly Roberts
Review Date: 14/9/2007
Rating: ***** (5)
Release Date: 13/8/2007 Ben Reel Records
Artist: Ben Reel Band
Album: New Horizon
> The Birmingham Post Review of New Horizon - 13th October 2007
Ben Reel, a native of South Armagh, has in the words of one journalist “operated under the media’s radar for far too long”. On the evidence of this release, his fourth album, I would have to agree. The songs and the playing are really impressive, an earthy mix of rock, roots and blues, all mixed lovingly together with soulful vocals. His song writing shows maturity and progression which comes through with repeated plays. Featuring some great slide guitar from Micky McCarney and terrific vocals from Kelie Redmond, “Hell In Ur Own Head” is a standout, closely followed by the semi spoken “When Will Be Ever Be Free”. “For U And I” shows the band at their best with a lovely rock/soul groove that you wish would go on longer. All in all this is an impressive album from a major talent who needs further investigation.
reviewed by Chris Field Birmingham Post
LATEST REVIEWS OF SINGLE "WAITIN FOR U" TAKEN FROM NEW ALBUM "NEW HORIZON"
Waiting For U is lifted from forthcoming album New Horizon. Written by Reel, it's got enough class to make the playlists of BBC Radio 2 et al. This gorgeous song has also got enough appeal to make it in the States too, and that's where he most likely to make it first, as a household name.
This smooth and sophisticated slice of contemporary pop-jazz (shades of Steely Dan at their peak) is simply divine for the entire 4 minutes and 6 seconds. With its relaxed and loungy mood, it glides along beautifully with Reel's cultured vocals proving the icing on the cake.
On Raglan Road, a modern interpretation of a traditional song is a wonderful indigenous airing, complete with emotionally tinged harmonica and heartfelt lyrics.
Review by Elly Roberts The new single 'Waitin' For You' has been reviewed on the Get Ready to Rock! website, earning a very favourable four stars. Here is the review below:
The Ben Reel Band have been around for a while now, attracting a growing legion of fans in their native Ireland. Taken from their forthcoming 4th album New Horizon, Waitin' For You is a piece of quality soft melodic rock.
With distinct Van Morrison overtones in both structure and delivery it's a classy number that can only enhance the band's reputation and if New Horizon is this good, I'll be in the queue to buy it. ****
Review by Pete Whalley
Come Out From Within 4:240:00/4:24
Waitin For U 4:070:00/4:07
All Souls Alive 2:540:00/2:54
Lonely Ship 4:440:00/4:44
For U & I 5:050:00/5:05
Meet U Again 4:310:00/4:31
New Horizon 5:100:00/5:10
On Raglan Road 5:570:00/5:57