Re: BEN POOLE (UK) - Germany & Holland Tour - February 2014

Going to see him at Helmond at De Cacaofabriek.

Re: BEN POOLE (UK) - Germany & Holland Tour - February 2014

Can't believe that this was Ben's first visit to Darlington, or that Darlington took so long to finally catch him, but either way, Ben laid down a blazing set for his half of the double-header with Stevie Nimmo. Backed by Matt Beable on bass and Craig Bacon on drums, with Steve Watts on the keys, ben dived straight in with a couple of rockin' new numbers from his upcoming new album before wringing every ounce of emotion from his take on "Have You Ever Loved A Woman" before turning the heat back up again with tarcks from his debut album. The set highlight though had to be his tribute to Gary Moore, "Time Might Never Come". Ben had the full house howling for more, assuring a return visit.

No doubt about it, Ben's done his journeyman bit and proved he's a name to catch: and from what he played from the new album, it'll be one to put on the wants list.

All those who believe in psychokenesis raise my hand........

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Re: BEN POOLE (UK) - Germany & Holland Tour - February 2014

Yesterday, got my copy of Ben's - Time Has Come....

Well, if you could blend John Mayer with Gary Moore, you wouldn’t be far adrift on Ben’s 2nd full studio album. Kicking off with a rousing cover of Ian Siegal/Todd Sharpville’s Lying To Me, featuring Todd on guitar, things drift into the Mark Knopfler penned, though more famously associated with Jeff Healey, I Think I Love You Too Much, and featuring a back-and forth guitar duet with Aynsley Lister which makes a fitting tribute to the Canadian Blues maestro.. These lead up to the first original track, and it’s a biggy; Longing For A Woman; Ben really puts everything into this one. If You Want To Play With My Heart has a slightly Country air to it before Ben’s back off again with a searing guitar work-out, Time Might Never Come, that invokes the spirit of the much missed Gary Moore. Heading back to more familiar Soul sounds, the tempo is picked up a little for Stay At Mine. The Terry Britten/Charlie Dore penned Just When You Thought It Was Safe sees a tasty guest appearance from Henrik Freischlader. Charlie also has another of her songs on the album; You’ve Changed leads to another of Ben's heartbreak songs, Whoever Invented Love Closing the album, and the final cover, is a super working of singer/songwriter Jamie Mitchell’s The Question Why.

A very strong album, a little more restrained than expected; this sounds like an album by someone who’s had his heart ripped out, kicked around an left in the gutter. As you’d expect from the rising “House of Tone”, very strong band backing Ben, as well as his usual foils of Matt Beable on Bass and Craig Bacon on Drums, Wayne Proctor added his own drumming and percussion while Steve Amadeo does stirling Bass duties on 8 of the 10 tracks; Hammond, Clavinet and some Wurlitzer courtesy of Bob Fridzma with Bennett Holland chipping in on The Question Why. Stevie Nimmo was around to do backing vocals on 8 tracks though with Todd Sharpville, Aynsley Lister & Henrik Freischlader adding guest guitar slots, you gotta wonder why didn’t they ask Stevie too. Ben’s one of those players I could listen too all night, so maybe there’s too much already…

Overall, I like this album, but I wanted to REALLY like it, and I don’t. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with the quality of the songs or the playing, though at times there seems to be no “sparkle”, (maybe a touch heavy on the keyboard…?), maybe that’ll come with more plays. It just doesn’t excite like the live shows.

All those who believe in psychokenesis raise my hand........

Re: BEN POOLE (UK) - Germany & Holland Tour - February 2014

The album of Ben is amazing and so it was his gig at De Cacao Fabrik at Helmond

review:http://www.concertmonkey.be/reports/live-report-ben-poole-cacao-fabriek-helmond-12-maart-2016-walter-vanheuckelom

More Pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/walter_va … 5716476562

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wkexrClONM

Re: BEN POOLE (UK) - Germany & Holland Tour - February 2014

Saturday was Ben's first visit to Hartlepool and judging from the reaction of the packed crowd at the Supporter's Club, it won't be his last; and that wasn't even a full Ben show.

Yes, the Ben & Stevie roadshow rolled through, and Ben was up first and did what he does best for the first 75 minutes and wowed the audience with his "blue-eyed soul" voice and searing guitar work.

The end of the show, when Ben & Stevie get together on Going Down with Steve Watts steaming away on the Hammond; one of those jams that will stay with you for a very long time.

All those who believe in psychokenesis raise my hand........

Re: BEN POOLE (UK) - Germany & Holland Tour - February 2014

Ben kicks off his Autumn Headline European tour tomorrow:-

09/09 NL - WEERT, DE BOSUIL
10/09 FR - VAUGHNERAY, LES GROSSES GUITARES FESTIVAL
14/09 BE - VERVIERS, SPIRIT OF ’66
17/09 DE - DÜVIERS, BLUESNACHT
18/09 DE - BURGERSAAL, HELMBRECHTS
22/09 NL - BERGEN OP ZOOM, GEBOUW-T
23/09 NL - ZAANDAM, PODIUM DE FLUX
24/09 DE - DORTMUND, BLUE NOTEZ CLUB
25/09 UK - KOMEDIA BRIGHTON (supporting Henrik Freischlader Trio)
29/9 ES - SANTANDER, ESCENARIO SANTANDER
30/9 ES - A CORUÑA, FORUM CELTICUM
01/10 ES - YUNCOS, CÍRCULO CREATIVO
02/10 ES - MURCIA, GARAJE BEAT CLUB
04/10 ES - CASTELLÓN, VENENO STEREO
05/10 ES - CÓRDOBA, RECYCLE
06/10 ES - SEVILLA, SALA X
07/10 ES - MADRID, MARAVILLAS CLUB
08/10 ES - CALELLA, CALELLA ROCK FESTIVAL
09/10 ES - VILLAVA, PLAZA VILLAVA (PAMPLONA)
13/10 UK - PUTNEY, HALF MOON
14/10 UK - BILLERICAY, NEW CRAWDADDY CLUB
15/10 UK - BARNSLEY, POLISH CLUB
16/10 UK - LEICESTER, MUSICIAN
19/10 UK - BILSTON, ROBIN 2
20/10 UK - KENDAL, BOOTLEGGERS
21/10 UK - BLAKENEY, HARBOUR ROOMS
22/10 UK - WINCHESTER, RAILWAY
23/10 UK - POOLE, MR KYPS
27/10 UK - MILTON KEYNES, THE STABLES
28/10 UK - KINROSS, THE GREEN HOTEL
29/10 UK - GLASGOW, QUEEN MARGARET UNION
30/10 UK - LICHFIELD, ARTS CENTRE
05/11 CH - BACHS, BLUES NIGHT

All those who believe in psychokenesis raise my hand........

Re: BEN POOLE (UK) - Germany & Holland Tour - February 2014

Sorry, dusty thread.....

Ben's new album; Anytime You Need Me is now available for signed, pre-order through Mascot Records for release 14th Sept.

All those who believe in psychokenesis raise my hand........

Re: BEN POOLE (UK) - Germany & Holland Tour - February 2014

BansheeUK wrote:

Sorry, dusty thread.....

Ben's new album; Anytime You Need Me is now available for signed, pre-order through Mascot Records for release 14th Sept.

First track of heard from Ben's upcoming new album is a corker. If the rest is like this, it'll sear the paint off your walls.....

Dirty Laundry - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-iSZhC … dd3bc39d0c

All those who believe in psychokenesis raise my hand........

Re: BEN POOLE (UK) - Germany & Holland Tour - February 2014

That song is going to be a corker live as long as he doesn't wear that Henley wig smile

Cant wait to hear his version of Jude Cole's "Start The Car".

Re: BEN POOLE (UK) - Germany & Holland Tour - February 2014

In case anyone hasn't heard, Benno has a couple of dates coming up set aside for the recording of a Live album; Billed as a double Live, not sure if that means 2 Cds or 2 vinyls worth, but a treat if it's anything like the RAH one that came out a few years ago (2014).

Dates:-
23/07 Old School House, BARNSLEY
24/07 The Half Moon Putney, LONDON
25/07 Bootleggers, KENDAL

All those who believe in psychokenesis raise my hand........