Benjamin Folke Thomas releases Too Close To Here on 16th September
It is five years since Benjamin Folke Thomas left the southern Swedish archipelagos to make his name on the London live circuit. He quickly found his feet; and his sound: An astonishing, explosive brand of Americana, delivered through supersonic guitar picking offsetting moody baritone vocals, like a cross between Robert Johnson and Warren Zevon.
Folke Thomas’s live ability has attracted a dedicated fanbase and rave reviews, including Q Magazine (“stunning playing… his finger-picking is the best you will ever hear”) and The Guardian (“stands out like Oliver Reed at an AA meeting”). In an attempt to capture his talent on record, we released his eponymously titled EP in 2010, described by the Sunday Times as “a convincing called card…reminiscent of Greenwich Village circa 1965.”
Tours followed (including support slots for with folk duo Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou and ahab.) and a string of festival appearances including Glastonbury, Green Man, Larmer Tree and No Direction Home. Growing acclaim led to interest from high-profile music charity Strummerville (instrumental in the careers of many established musicians including Bastille, Anna Calvi and Frank Turner), who in 2012 organized the release of the showcase live album Equinox…Live at the Hawley Arms.
We are now pleased to announce that we’ll be releasing Ben’s first studio album Too Close To Here (BoB 132) on 16th September.