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 with a.o. Glenn Schwaerzer one of the best Dutch guitarists.
So Ben Reel can play beautiful quiet concerts as well as really 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 brought another new album with the simple title '7th' with a song
co-written with David Olney in Nashville (USA) and7 4-5 star reviews in
magasines in Holland, The UK and Ireland!
2018 will bring the release of "Land Of Escape"
Line-Up of the Dutch band also known as :"The Harlem Buoys":
Glenn Schwarzer (here with Tom Brown in Paradiso) - Guitar
Paul van Schaik (here with Steve Gadd at 1 stage) - Drums
Ronald de Jong - Double Bass/ Vocals
August 2017 with "The Harlem Buoys" at Haarlem Jazz Festival (NL)
November 2014 with "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!
NEW VIDEO AUGUST 2017!!