Summer is slowly fading and fall ,which in Alberta lasts about 8 seconds is upon us and…. oh and there it went(insert sad face). What a terrific summer, Ben played Kingsville Folk Festival and The Northern Lights Festival Boreale in Sudbury. He made many friends and acquired new collaborators including the amazing Suzie Vinnick who played bass and sang with Ben at both festivals. Ben got to play a concert with Corin Raymond in Edmoton following Corin’s successful residency at the Edmonton Fringe Festival.
This October Ben joins Kim Beggs and Jay Aymar on a tour of the Yukon, North West Territories, Alaska and Alberta under the banner The Canadian Troubadour Trilogy.
Big plans are under way for another studio album most likely produced by long time collaborator Don Kerr.
A live album is also in the works for the spring, this live project will be recorded by grammy winning engineer/producer Miles Wilkinson and will feature many stalwarts of the Canadian folk scene.
This year should see the long awaited release of ‘Death Ballad, Love Tellers’ Ben’s collaboration with Victoria songwriter genius David P. Smith and zombie afficionado Bubba Cook. the album will only be available as a limited edition on vinyl and liner notes will be written by old tyme mountain folk singer Pharis Romero of Jason and Pharis Romero.
Another special project is in the works which will feature Ben solo in an old convocation hall, acoustic guitar , voice, footsteps and chair creaks. This will be an album of solo material mostly brand new songs in their rawest form, essentially a lve record without the audience. This project will be produced by The Wafer Thin Mints frontman Pat Strain.
check the shows page for concerts across the country. Happy Fall!
Martin Clarke of The founder of British Blues Broadcasters called his 2013 release ‘Son of Trouble’ “a superb album!!”
In 2011 his album ‘Gone to Bolivia’ was the most played recording by an Albertan on CKUA radio, receiving more airplay that year than Corb Lund and Steve Earle.
His live show is captivating, he is a great entertainer, funny, smart, musical and a gifted guitar player. He has won and been a finalist in all the International Songwriting contests, John Lennon, International and The USA songwriting competition.
Raised in Canada’s ‘Austin of the north’ Winnipeg, Manitoba. Ben began playing guitar and writing songs at age 15. He performs with a seldom duplicated sense of intimacy that draws the listener inextricably into the folds of his melodic story telling.
Ben has released seven albums, all critically acclaimed, the most recent ‘Son of Trouble’ is a new adventure making forays into African Blues and singing in French and Spanish in addition to English with a focus on his very old fashioned approach to the electric guitar.
. A well respected guitarist within the industry, he has played with The Good Lovelies, Paul Reddick, Rita Chiarelli, Corin Raymond and a many other in the Canadian music industry.
Ben Sures has performed at many festivals in Alberta and Canada, opened for everyone from The Preservation Hall Band to Ray Davies of the Kinks, he has performed at numerous Bluebird North Showcases, NXNE,CMW, WCMA and The International Folk Alliance showcases and has toured as a support act for The Arrogant Worms. Ben has been a contributor to CBC’s The Irrelevant Show, Madly Off in All Directions and The Round up with Bill Richardson. Be is also a founding member of popular Edmonton band The Dead Stringer