“…the missing link between between Johnny Cash and Ingmar Bergman” 8/10 – Uncut
“A precocious acoustic finger-picker, fearlessly confessional as a songwriter” – Mojo
“This is an album that demands you listen, and that’s no bad thing” – Acoustic
London-based independent record label Aveline Records (home to Ani DiFranco, Ruth Theodore and Ned Roberts) are excited to announce a new signing to their unique and talented roster.
Scandinavian-born singer BENJAMIN FOLKE THOMAS, who released his highly praised 3rd album Copenhagen last year, has been busy writing and recording his fourth album Honest Man due for release on Aveline later this year.
Come down and celebrate with Ben and Aveline Records and have a sneak peak at the new material!
Folke Thomas was born in the coldest winter recorded in modern day history in Gothenburg; perhaps his obsession for sad, lamenting country songs was inevitable; and grew up on a secluded island off the coast of Sweden, populated by mainly evangelical Christians. However, Ben never found God. He discovered grunge music instead, and at the age of 11 he was playing drums in a punk band before turning to Folk and Americana music after seeing Kurt Cobain’s performance of ‘In The Pines’ on Unplugged. Steeping himself in Leadbelly, Dylan, and Leonard Cohen, by the age of 20 he was an accomplished finger-picker, confident performer, and mature songwriter.
After living and playing in London for some years, where he proved to be one of the most exciting prospects to come out of the acoustic scene in years, he released his first studio album Too Close To Here in 2013. It was mainly recorded with Swedish musicians in the Rosa Huset (‘The Pink House’) outside Gothenburg. Follow up Rogue State of Mind, re- leased in 2015, was recorded with his same Swedish band in their studio in an old ware- house, and focused in on the bands live nature with minimal rehearsal.
Folke Thomas’ live ability has attracted a dedicated fanbase and rave reviews, including Q Magazine describing his “stunning playing… his finger-picking is the best you will ever hear”, whilst the Guardian stated that he “stands out like Oliver Reed at an AA meeting”.