Ben Watt Tickets
Ben Watt Goes Solo
Ben Watt is best known for his work with Everything But The Girl, but his 30 year career has included much more. Watt has proven himself to be a critically-acclaimed author, DJ, producer and radio host. Watt has recently released a new solo album, his first since 1983, and is hitting the road soon to promote it.
Ben Watt has been touring throughout the year in the UK and the U.S., as both a solo act and with his band, The Ben Watt Trio. He has upcoming solo gigs scheduled to take place at The Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA, at the Cactus Cafe in Austin, TX, and at Hi-Fi in Indianapolis, IN. The Ben Watt Trio is also set to play at the Village Underground in London, at the Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh, and at Whelans in Dublin. Ben Watt tickets tend to sell out fast so it is a good idea to purchase them in advance of the show.
After suffering from a rare auto-immune disease called Churg-Strauss syndrome, Watt wrote a memoir about the ordeal entitled "Patient". In 1996 the book was named one of The New York Times' Notable Books of the Year and, in the UK, it became a finalist for the Esquire-Waterstones Best Non-Fiction Award. In 2014 he wrote a second memoir, entitled "Romany and Tom", about his parents' marriage. In addition to his work as a writer and musician, Watt also hosts an online radio show on 6Mix, the BBC's electronic radio channel.
Watt grew up in a musical home. His father, Tommy Watt was a Scottish jazz band leader who led the BBC Northern Dance Orchestra and the BBC Big Band in the 1960s. By the early 80s Ben's own career was taking off and he began recording with the indie label Cherry Red and released his first album in 1983. The following year he began performing with Tracey Thorn as Everything But The Girl. After Everything But The Girl disbanded in 2000, Ben diverged into the world of electronic music, performing as a DJ and producing albums for other artists. In 2014, Watt returned to a folk-jazz sound reminiscent of his early career with the release of "Hendra." Everything But The Girl might not be performing together any longer, but Watt and Thorn remain very connected - as husband and wife.
Watt first found individual success playing more reflective, stripped down acoustic songs as a solo act. His first full length record, "North Marine Drive", made it all the way to the number one slot on the UK Indie charts, establishing Watt as an artist to watch.
However, Watt achieved his greatest success with Everything But The Girl.
The group Everything But The Girl had success with the 1994 album "Amplified Heart" which was an international smash hit, thanks to the single "Missing." The song was a top ten hit around the world, peaking at number two on the Billboard Top 100 in the U.S. The song is still considered one of the best singles of the 1990s.
After spending the past decade DJing, Ben Watt has returned to playing simple, organic acoustic sets in which he can connect with the audience in an intimate atmosphere. During his solo sets, Ben will play stripped down versions of songs from his "Hendra" album with just an acoustic guitar or organ. Though his shows tend to be pretty mellow, his energy and passion are felt clearly through the time he takes with each set, and the interactions between the performer and his audience.
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