BEN MARWOOD’s hitting the road in the first half of 2014 to put second album Back Down to bed, Reading-based songwriter Ben Marwood adds a poetic twist to intricate folk; lyrics that swerve and tumble over one another, switching from the gravely serious love letters to the tongue-in-cheek swipes at life itself.
Originally ploughing a lone, DIY furrow, Marwood was finally snapped up by London label Xtra Mile Recordings (Frank Turner, Chris T-T, Jamie Lenman) late in 2010, before releasing two albums in the next three years. After attention from BBC Radio 1 & 2, Xfm, Rocksound and Kerrang! amongst others, 2013 saw Marwood tour the USA with Frank Turner and Epitaph’s Off With Their Heads, and travel the UK with some of the best underground talent, playing shows alongside fellow Xtra Milers Jim Lockey, Oxygen Thief, Retrospective Soundtrack Players, Chris T-T and Franz Nicolay on the way.
Be warned: recent single ‘Under Lock and Key‘ had a strong hint of murder.
14.02.14 CHELTENHAM Frog and Fiddle*
15.02.14 LEEDS Fox & Newt*
16.02.14 SOUTHAMPTON Joiners*
17.02.14 SWINDON The Vic*
18.02.14 LONDON The Monarch*
07.03.14 COLCHESTER Lakeside Theatre at Essex University
08.03.14 KINGSTON The Cricketers
13.04.14 NOTTINGHAM JT Soars
14.04.14 MANCHESTER Star & Garter
17.04.14 GLASGOW Glad Cafe
19.04.14 YORK Black Swan
09.05.14 BRISTOL The Louisiana
13.05.14 READING South Street Arts Centre
31.05.14 CARDIFF Moon Club
05.06.14 DERBY Ryans Bar
06.06.14 DURHAM Old Cinema Launderette
*denotes support from Retrospective Soundtrack Players
“Packed with witty lyrical observations.. bold, intelligent and wholesome.”
“Poetically-charged.. a softly-defiant success.” · Rock Sound
“one of Britain’s best songwriters today” · Forge Today, albums of the year 2013
“Marwood’s storytelling style of songwriting is unlike any other” · The Ruckus, albums of the year 2013