Ben Featherstone has sold over 26,000 records of original music and specialises particularly in progressive acoustic music with the incorporation of strings and space.
He is currently recording a new album using mostly analogue equipment.
"I like the warm sounds from the 50's also which I hope most people agree I have achieved or come close to. As close as possible for a record made in an attic space on my own!'.
'I've tried to put my own spirit on the songs and try to create a cinematic nature in the music."
He learnt to sing from travelling with South American superstar Marco de Brix who sadly passed away shortly after Ben left.
“Marco de Brix was a legend, he taught me so much about believing in the song and words, and he was unfortunately haunted by his father’s ghost – a congenital heart defect.
In fact he leant me the President of Paraguay’s guitar and while I was tuning it he showed me a scar on his chest, a timeless rhythm of a turbulent past. He looked at me veiling his hurt with a gentle smile and said ‘the doctor tells me if I carry on singing I will die; I say to the doctor without singing I would rather be dead’. He literally sang himself into the grave”.
After Marco passed away Ben Featherstone went on a fishing trip to the island of flowers just off the coast of Brazil. “I told the chap driving the boat that I feared we would be struck by lightning, he looked at me with a stony face and told me I could get out on a random island where there was a bar or stay on the boat in the storm. I chose the bar and as I walked on the ash blonde sand I was struck by lightning whilst leaning against a tin shelter.” Ben said in an interview with Xan Philips “It was like two pneumatic drivers firing off at the same time within your knees, being on an island after a fishing trip the only thing we had to numb the pain was a local drink called cachaça. I would have continued the tour but I had crossed jungles and deserts for some 2000 miles; my knees kept giving up and I kept falling over, I figured I needed to be seen by a British hospital - not that Brazilian hospitals are bad – my Portuguese was limited to ordering drinks. Also Marco was the only thing stopping me getting thrown in Jail or shot by bandits obscured by ethnic and religious murk. Twice in one day in Paraguay I had a gun pulled on me, mainly by police who would make up crimes like a bolt of evil magic and then vanish into the gloom with a bribe”.
"I am a perfectionist when it comes to recording music so I have had another album on the back burner for over ten years. I am hoping that now I have finished a recent charity project I can seek a renewal from my restless spirit and finish my album of originals”.
Featherstone was named in the Rolling Stone’s top 20 best twelve string guitar players in the world and is referenced on Fenders website as notable user of one of their twelve string guitars – although he says “unless I borrowed one after a few too many drinks at a gig, I do not think I have ever played a Fender twelve string. My twelve string is bespoke and was customised by myself and my mother’.
"That's my brother in law" - Tom Waits, Paris 2008
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In the past he has played on the same bill as artists including Adele, I Am Kloot, The Wonderstuffs, Kate Walsh, Marco de Brix and Karl Barat