Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Benjamin Folke Thomas - Debut Album, Tour + Free Track!

Harmonic Distortion faves, Trevor Moss & Hannah Lou have given us a heads up on the forthcoming album by Swedish folk-bluesman Benjamin Folke Thomas. The album's entitled Too Close To Here and is released on September 16th b y Bucketfull Of Brains Records. Along with a string of live dates to promote the record Benjamin is giving away a track from the album. Check out "I'm Alive" via the widget below.

Benjamin Folke Thomas’ debut album Too Close To Here is one of the most keenly awaited releases from London’s thriving folk & roots scene.

It is five years since Folke Thomas left the southern Swedish archipelagos to make his name on the London live circuit. He quickly found his feet; and his sound: An astonishing, explosive brand of Americana, delivered through supersonic guitar picking offsetting moody baritone vocals, like a cross between Robert Johnson and Warren Zevon.

Folke Thomas’s live ability has attracted a dedicated fan base and rave reviews, including Q Magazine (“stunning playing… his finger-picking is the best you will ever hear”) and The Guardian (“stands out like Oliver Reed at an AA meeting”). In an attempt to capture his talent on record, cult-label Bucketfull Of Brains released the eponymously titled EP in 2010, described by the Sunday Times as “a convincing calling card…reminiscent of Greenwich Village circa 1965.”

Tours followed (including support slots for with folk duo Trevor Moss & Hannah Lou and a.h.a.b.) and a string of festival appearances including Glastonbury, Green Man, Larmer Tree and No Direction Home.

Growing acclaim led to interest from high-profile music charity Strummerville (instrumental in the careers of many established musicians including Bastille, Anna Calvi and Frank Turner), who in 2012 organised the release of the showcase live album “Equinox…Live at the Hawley Arms”.

In 2012 Folke Thomas toured in the UK, Spain and Texas and received widespread radio play. Too Close To Here is set for release by Bucketfull Of Brains/Proper Music in September 2013.

Tour Dates -

13th The Green Berry, Deal
14th The Crown, Leytonstone, London
15th The Bell, Bath (1pm show)
15th The Old Queens Head, Islington, London (evening show)
16th The Railway Hotel, Southend
17th The Railway, Winchester

18th West End Centre, Aldershot
19th The Borderline, London (Supporting AHAB)