Bands to Watch #196: Benjamin Francis Leftwich

By on Tuesday, 12th October 2010 at 12:00 pm

Benjamin Francis Leftwich is a young (21-year old) English singer/songwriter who will be releasing a debut EP, ‘A Million Miles Out’ later this month. I got sent the promo video for the beguiling ‘Atlas Hands’, which drew me in immediately (you can watch this below). We recently talked up Kurran and the Wolfnotes here on TGTF and I think if you like the smooth stylings of acoustic folk with a similarly smooth voice to go with it, Leftwich just might be your thing.

Finding out that he was self-taught on guitar, starting at the tender age of 10, tells me that he’s someone who’s stuck with it for a long time and is willing to go the distance. He is a born and bred Yorkshireman, yet he is of South African and Australia descent. Interesting. I wonder how this is going to affect the sound of ‘A Million Miles Out’ (written in the secluded countryside of southern France, another curveball) and the full length debut album that is scheduled to be released in March 2011. When asked what about songs and songwriting that he is most keen on, he replied, “‘I like the way a song can grab you for a couple of minutes and take you somewhere, and how the different elements in a track can make you feel.”

Sounds like a songwriter I want to root for.


The ‘A Million Miles Out’ EP by Benjamin Francis Leftwich will be released on 25 October on Dirty Hit.

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