The Guestlist - Ben and Jimmy
Location: Cambridge & Buckingham
Age: 37 & 28
Instruments: 2 Guitars
When Joan Armatrading launched her 'local talent' search for acts to support her on tour in 2012, she was looking for original artists from all over the UK to showcase their work. Ben Smith and Jimmy Brewer were two of the acts chosen, and in 2015 she called them back to support her again on her first ever solo tour. They met each other at an industry showcase that was organised by Joan, and started writing together at the suggestion of some publishers they met there.
They originally intended to just write together, but after realising that they had a natural affinity for each other's styles they soon decided to start playing live too, and their first gig as a duo was supporting Joan in November 2015 in front of a thousand people.
Their eponymous debut E.P showcases their songwriting, close harmony singing and guitar style, which has led to them being compared to acts such as The Everly Brothers, The Milk Carton Kids and Simon & Garfunkel, and is available online through all major download and streaming services.
Notable gigs so far include The Secret Garden Party, Kimpton Folk Festival, The Ent Shed (Bedford) and St Pancras Old Church.
Cover: Abba - Dancing Queen
Music Challenge: Cartoons
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