Ben Reel - This Christmas Time
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Its that time of year again folks, here is 3 Christmas songs from the pen of Irish artist Ben Reel which were released over the last few years, 'This Christmas Time', 'Christmas Is Here' & 'Coming Round Again'.

Since his debut album `This Is The Movie’ back in 1999, each album has gone from strength to strength, receiving critical acclaim from radio & press from around the world.
Ben’s music has evolved into an honest earthy sound that has matured like a fine wine, drawing from the well of different styles of musical influence from rock, soul, blues, alt folk/Americana, country & reggae which fuses all these genres into a melting pot to create a great sound which has become his own.

In the past years he has had numerous high profile TV & Radio appearances and airplay under his belt including Bob Harris BBC Radio 2 and has supported names like Jools Holland, Alabama 3, The Cranberries and has collaborated musically with such names as Hal Ketchum, the legendary ‘Blockheads’, award winning saxophonist Gilad Atzmon and co wrote and performed with some of Nashville's finest, David Olney, John Hadley, Sergio Webb, Irene Kelley.

In 2011 Ben played a number of showcase gigs at Folk alliance in Memphis TN and in 2013 he toured in the U.S & UK with Tommy Womack (Nashville) as a duo
& In 2014 his band toured as double bill with legendary American folk singer/songwriter Eric Andersen in the UK.

Over the last 10 years Ben has enjoyed successful tours in Ireland, UK, Europe & U.S.A, receiving rave reviews and attracting a growing loyal fan base. The band have graced big festivals such as Haarlem Jazz & Huntenpop in the Netherlands, , Robin Hood folk festival in Nottinghamshire UK, Kilkenny rhythm & roots, Cork jazz festival & Ireland’s premiere music festival “Electric Picnic”. A new album will be released in Spring 2018, which will be his 8th studio album.

Musicians who played on 7th include,

Ben Reel (Vocals, Guitar) Michael Black (Drums) Ronnie O’Flynn (Bass)

Mick McCarney (Guitars) Gerry Black Jnr. (Guitars)

John McCullough (Piano, Organ, Synth & String Arrangements)

Julieanne Black Reel (Vocals) Kelle Redmond (Vocals)

Ronnie Morgan (Drums, Vocals) Ronald De Jong (Vocals) David Olney (Vocals)

Sergio Webb (Guitar) Jimmy Bakker (Guitar) Hans Heidt (Saxophone, Brass Arrangements) Eoin Daly (Trumpet)

Message from Ben Reel:

“Being the 7th studio album I have released - hence the album name - I am proud to share this landmark record with you all. May there be many more to come from my home studio here in South Armagh.

I hope you enjoy the twelve new songs featured on 7th plus the two bonus tracks.

Included is a new version of ‘All Souls Alive’ which first appeared on my New Horizon album back in 2007 & ‘Resurrection Man’ a track I co-wrote with Tony McLoughlin last year.

Like I say in the song ‘Back on the Road’

I’ll see you when i'm coming through

I’ll be coming to a place near you

B .Reel

About Ben Reel:

Ben Reel is a native of Silverbridge, South Armagh. He started his musical career performing & songwriting with “Trim The Velvet”’ before going solo in the late nineties.

Against the backdrop of the troubles in Northern Ireland, music became Ben’s way out.

He first picked up the guitar when he was fifteen years old, inspired by the realness of the likes of Bruce Springsteen & Neil Young whose music struck a chord that resonated deep into Reel's psyche. This is still reflected in Ben's heart on the sleeve approach to performing and writing.

Today Ben Reel performs both solo and as a duo with his wife Julieanne and as The Ben Reel Band. He divides his time between touring Europe and the USA and producing music for himself and other musicians.

Ben Reel Band:

Ben Reel vocals acoustic guitar, harmonica.

Michael Black drums.

Ronnie O’Flynn bass.

Micky McCarney piano, keyboards

Julieanne Black backing vocals and percussion,

Discography: Albums

7th (2015)

Darkness& The Light (2013)

Time To Get Real 2009

New Horizon (2007)

Sweet Victory (2004)

Lost in a Haze (2001)

This Is the Movie (1999)

Discography: Compilations

Ben Reel - '10' (1999-2009)

Discography: EP’s

Exorcise Me E.P. (2000)

U People (2005) single

Contact info for Ben Reel:


PR for UK & Ireland Pat Tynan Media
Tel +44(0)1895 631336 Mobile +44(0)7985 400297

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