All about his new album 'This Is What I Do'
One of the revelations of the past year, Ben Howard is â€śoverwhelmedâ€ť his debut album Every Kingdom has been shortlisted for the upcoming Mercury Awards. The 25-year-old from Totnes, Devon, largely earned his musical spurs on the road, following a path trodden by the likes of Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell whose influences shimmer out of his songwriting. Like the folksters of the 60s and 70s, Howardâ€™s songs often go to the heart of things, their fragile sound belying sturdy, increasingly dark-tinged lyrics. A child of musical parents, Howard grew up immersed in British and American folk. Nick Drake is often cited, along with Joan Baez, yet for all the classic influences, Howardâ€™s own voice and evident song-writing strength inevitably pushes its way to the fore.
He has begun to take America by storm, his San Francisco gig described by one reviewer as â€śa great folk sing-along with 400 of your closest friendsâ€ť. The self-evident joy Howard and his tight band of collaborators have on stage regularly proves infectious.
Speaking of which, Howard kicks off his new UK tour at Brighton on November 2 and will travel up and down the UK and Ireland including Cardiff, Glasgow, Belfast, Dublin, Birmingham and Bournemouth but if you havenâ€™t already bought a ticket be warned: all the gigs are said to be sold out!