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Ben Arthur & Kristy Gallacher -19 September 2008

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Ben Arthur: "[He's] got the looks and hooks of John Mayer" - Rolling Stone

A wonderful young American guitarist - with bits and pieces of John Lennon's cheeky fatalism, Beck's homespun experiments, the earnestness of Kurt Cobain, Jeff Tweedy's seductive psychedelia, and the exoticism of David Bowie.

He has toured with Teitur (whom you might have seen recently at The Band Room), Shawn Colvin (his favourite guitarist), Tori Amos, Bruce Hornsby, and a host of others.

Ben played a great gig here last year and we are delighted to welcome him back, with new songs from his 2008 album Mouthfeel, new jokes, and new anecdotes.

“Edible Darling” was the breakthrough. When its songs got major airplay, Arthur said: “I wondered if they all just meant to play Ben Harper and got confused.” This may be more realism than humility, as his songs stare down death and desolation, often after seeming to embrace them. The song “Tattoo” from the album considers, then rejects, suicide: “Like Abraham, one day I awoke and realized that along with the will, the hand and the knife, the throat was mine.”Like many a songwriter before him, Arthur has written a novel, scheduled to be published late next year or early the next. With the working title “Ballad of a Burning Man,” it depicts “a television producer who gets caught cheating on his wife and his efforts to worm out of taking responsibility for it.” Although none of its ideas or characters grew from a song, Arthur said, “My new project is a concept novel/album, where the songs are intertwined with the story and vice versa. Very, very fun.”

"Ben Arthur has one of those American voices that generally make women weak at these knees when they hear it. ‘On A Sunday’ is haunting and Buckley-esque... he’s good, he’s very good." [Review].


Kristy Gallacher: a young singer/songwriter from Coventry, who has already supported, Scott Matthews, Glynn Tilbrook, Nerina Pallot, Polly Paulusma and Nizlopi.

Recent press quotes:

"The reason Kristy is one of Coventry's most talked about artists is quite simple - She's brilliant. !"

"It's good to see Coventry music thriving again and most impressive are the songs of a talented young singer songwriter - Kristy Gallacher. Her songs all tell an evocative and heartfelt story with great wit, ingenuity and rhythm. I was truly blown away with them and the new full band versions on her album (some of which can be heard on Kristy's My Space) are astounding. Go check them out and buy her album - it's must-have!"

"Kristy Gallacher has a fantastic voice and a fantastic collection of songs - all brusied,streetwise defiance. Singing in a voice like crushed petals she managed to do what the very best songwriters do - let you glimpse her soul and see yourself reflected in its surface."

"A truly sensational talent." Ben Turner BBC West Midlands Radio - Birmingham

"Beyond doubt a enthralling, enthuastic songwriter."

"A terrifyingly talented young singer/songwriter from Coventry. Great look, great sound and a great voice (for me it has a touch of the Sophie Ellis-Bextor in it but far better!)"