One of the most talked about acts of the year Benjamin Francis Leftwich has just announced details of his first ever Irish performance at the Academy 2, Dublin on the 14th of March 2011.
'Singer-songwriter' is not a term embraced by many musicians. Too often the phrase is used to denote generic clichés, excessive emotional angst or middle-of-the-road blandness. But 21-year-old Benjamin Francis Leftwich feels it's far from insulting; 'My songs are personal and acoustic guitar based so why not? I am a singer-song-writer.' With influences including Elliot Smith, The Beatles, Kate Bush, Ryan Adams, Sigur Ros and Bruce Springsteen, his floaty, melancholic vocals and deft finger-picking lie somewhere between Jose Gonzales and Iron and Wine.
‘A Million Miles Out’, Benjamin Francis Leftwich’s debut EP was released in October. Produced by Ian Grimble (Mumford & Sons Manic Street Preachers), it is now followed by a full length in March 2011, stopping in Dublin on the 11th.
A self-taught guitarist, Leftwich has had plenty of time to perfect his craft; he began playing at the age of ten and realised early on that song-writing was a natural means of expression to him. 'I like the way a song can grab you for a couple of minutes and take you somewhere, and how the different elements in a track can make you feel.' Growing up on a diet of The Rolling Stones and Nina Simone, Leftwich discovered Placebo, Bob Dylan and Elliot Smith in his teens and quickly began playing out on the York music scene.
Having previously played with Mercury-nominated I Am Kloot, Fionn Regan and Lisa Mitchell, Benjamin Francis Leftwich now embarks on his own solo tour, we can’t wait.
Tickets priced €15.00 inclusive of booking fee go on sale Saturday 18th of December from ticketmaster outlets nationwide and ticketmaster.ie.