Live Ben has built a reputation as one of the best acts in Ireland. And in the USA, Benelux, UK and Germany Ben has played a lot of very successful shows!
Ben plays solo or as a duo with double-bass player Ronald de Jong (nominated for best Blues bassist
of Holland 2010!, Shane Mac Gowan, Big Jay Mc Neely, The Busquitos, Arthur Ebeling, Boyd Small,), or
with an amazing 4 piece band.
So Ben Reel can play beautiful quiet concerts as well as rock the house!!
2013 saw the release of Ben’s 6th Album “Darkness And The Light” brought to you by Proper Distribution
in the UK and Rough Trade in Europe!
2015 will briought yet another new album with the simple title '7th' with on it a song co-written with
David Olney in Nashville (USA).
Already 7 4-5 star reviews in magasines in Holland, The UK and Ireland!
Line-Up "The Harlem Buoys":
Glenn Schwarzer (here with Tom Brown in Paradiso)- Gitaar
Paul van Schaik (here withmet Steve Gadd at 1 stage) - Drums
Ronald de Jong - Double Bass/ Vocals
November 2014 met "The Harlem Buoys"bij de CD- launch van Darkness And The Light:
The Band acoustic:
Officiele Clips with The Irish Band:
Live clips with The Irish Band:
More Ben Reel with his Dutch Band:
First of all! Ben Reel is a phenomenal Singer! Impressive! Intense!
His voice sounds like a mixture of Marvin Gaye and Bruce Springsteen.
Ben has sprung from an endless tradition of great Irish songwriters, champions of combining words and music, yet Ben’s wonderful songwriting is far from traditional Irish. In his lyrics Ben is the modern version of the 60’s protest singers. Politically aware “Make love not war!”.
A modern singer-songwriter with catchy pop songs in the direction of Folk, Americana and Rock.
Gery Anderson, BBC radio called Ben Reel’s album “Sweet Victory” the best he had heard in years!