Ben Smith

The Stables - Milton Keynes
The Apex - Bury St Edmonds

About Ben...
Ben started playing the guitar when he was nine years old. He actually wanted to play the Banjo, but due to the lack of banjo teachers in rural Hertfordshire he started to learn the guitar, with the intention of switching to the banjo at a later date. That still hasn't happened...
Shortly after starting to play he was introduced to the sounds of B.B King, and never looked back. With a style that is influenced by the greats of the blues, funk, folk and beyond, Ben plays a pretty mean acoustic or electric guitar, and has a big voice to match. Afteryears playing many gigs and sessions in many styles, with many different bands and people, Ben was inspired by a 3 month stay in New Orleans, (where he got a chance to play with a host of internationally renowned musicians.) to go out on his own, (or at least under his own name) with a fluctuating line up of co conspirators, including some old faces and some new ones. He's also finally getting round to doing some solo gigs.

Things are going pretty well, and this year Ben has supported Blues Legend Robert Cray, as well as future Blues Legend Matt Schofield.

Ben supported Joan in Milton Keynes in 2012