Ben McKelvey’s energetic folk-rock offering ‘Wild Child’ was recently released from his 2018 album of the same name. Produced by Jake Robbins (Natives), driving drums, swooping guitar solos and hypnotic bass lines tell the story of the sacrifices we make in order to live our dreams.
Growing up in Essex, Ben McKelvey currently resides in Brighton. As a teenager he played the drums for the punk band, Fluid Lines, further shaping his love for music. After he quit the band at the age of 21, he became very ill and was completely bedridden. Putting his free time to good use, he taught himself how to play the guitar and write songs he didn’t intend for anyone to hear. A multi-instrumentalist at heart, Ben plays every single instrument in all of his tracks, albums and EPs.
As a touring artist, McKelvey has most likely made his fair share of sacrifices (He has been part of many tours performing across USA, UK and Europe in venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, the O2 Arena and the London Palladium providing main support for Wet Wet Wet in 17 arenas, 20 dates for The Overtones, 50 shows as support for the Genesis supergroup, Mike & The Mechanics, touring with Marti Pellow, Scouting For Girls.) The lyrics come from a place that the young artist knows well, and the song was written for his fellow muso’s. “There’s a lot of emotion in this song and it’s the most personal I’ve ever written. A song based on true events about how being a musician is something you can’t choose to let go when it’s in your blood and how it can destroy personal relationships. A tough song to write but very therapeutic. It was written at a low point in my life but when we get to play it live, it’s just incredible. I guess it’s dedicated to the musicians out there giving it their all.”
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Ben McKelvey Live Performances:
22/06/19 MAGAZIN4, BAD REICHENHALL, GERMANY
19/07/19 PENNFEST (main stage)
22/10/19 KING TUTS, GLASGOW w/ Jake Clemons
23/10/19 O2 ACADEMY2, SHEFFIELD w/ Jake Clemons
24/10/19 O2 ACADEMY2, LIVERPOOL w/ Jake Clemons
25/10/19 O2 ACADEMY2, OXFORD w/ Jake Clemons
26/10/19 O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON, LONDON w/ Jake Clemons
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