The latest horizon

Hello friends and fans,

Some exciting things on the horizon including a children’s book, two new live albums, summer festivals and the long awaited teacher and kid friendly version of ‘Everybody Matters’.

Poema Poematis

Poema Poematis is a live album featuring horns and strings with arrangements by Audrey Ochoa. The official worldwide release is May 2018. we are holding off on the Jupiter and Mars releases til we see how the album does n this planet.You can read more about the album on the discography page.

Live at The Yardbird Suite with Stephanie Suchy, The Bombadils and Joe Phillips

The second live album is from the same concert only it features the strings including Canadian Folk Music award winners  Luke and Sarah from The Bombadils , Joe Phillips on bass and my long time singer and percussionist Stephanie Suchy. This album will be released May 2019.

Children’s book

Next Fall will see the release of ‘The boy who walked backwards’ a children’s story interpretation loosely based on the song of the same name. The illustrated book will be published by The Manitoba First Nations Education Resource.

Summer Festivals

Two great summer festivals lined up are Harvest Sun August 17, 18  in Kelwood, Manitoba and The Kingsville Folk Festival August 10-12 in Kingsville, Ontario. Both are return visits. We are also in discussion with The Beaumont Roots and Blues festival about being the official launch for Poema Poematis on June 17,2018

Ben Karaoke

For years teachers and parents have been asking me for a kid friendly version of my song ‘Everybody Matters'(Gone to Bolivia album). With the help of producer and Communism band leader Don Kerr we have recorded not only a kid friendly version of this song but there is also another version on the same page where you can sing your own made up verses.

the update to this story is that the song s a finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting contest and is in the top 4 out of thousands of submissions

UK tour

Doing some dates in the UK in May, please check the shows page for those and other performances.

House Concert testimonials and tips

there is a new page on this website in case you are interested in hosting house concert there are some testimonials and tips.