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Benji and the Excess Debut Album and Tour

Aug 29, 2019

Whilst being at the heart of various successful bands, big band folk trailblazers Bellowhead; power folk trio Faustus; the Seth Lakeman band, Benji Kirkpatrick was making plans and writing material for his own project, which takes the form of The Excess.  A trio: comprising of fellow Bellowhead band mate, Pete Flood on drums with Pete Thomas(Megan Henwood and Jackie Oates) on bass.

With Benji leading on bouzoukis – electric and acoustic – and guitar the band stoke up rhythms, riffs and uproarious, soaring melodies; sometimes cacophonous, sometimes stark and raw, at times sensitive, always powerful.

The band release their debut album ‘Gold Has Worn Away’ on Westpark Records in September 2019 with accompanying tour.

The live show will also draw on material from Benji’s critically acclaimed Boomerang album as well as a choice selection from his 2015 release Hendrix Songs, re-interpretations of the work of one of his musical heroes, Jimi Hendrix.

Opting for the classic power trio line up, Benji’s writing is brought to life with this fresh, vibrant sound and is propelled in an exciting new direction.

September Tour Dates as follows:

10th – The Tin Music and Arts, Coventry

12th – The Cumberland Arms, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne – RAOS Hall, Ripon, Yorkshire

17th – The Slaughtered Lamb, London

18th – The Prince Albert, Stroud – Latest  Music Bar, Brighton

23rd – Ludlow Brewing Company, Ludlow, Shropshire

24th – The Place, Bedford

25th – The Railway Inn, Winchester 

You can read  Benji’s Blog on ‘Why this line-up? Why now? Why Gold?’ here:

Gestation of The Excess / Making the first album 

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