Ben Farmer

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Multi-instrumentalist and Ceilidh caller from Lancaster

“Formidable squeezing” Lancaster Jazz Festival Ben is a “highly talented & versatile accordion, melodeon, bass & ukelele-ist , music teacher and workshop leader” (Andy Hornby), and has a degree in Popular Music from the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts (LIPA) and a PGCE from the University of Lancaster. Ben is an experienced teacher and workshop leader, working for Lancashire Music Service and More Music on a wide variety of projects and regular workshops. Ben plays music from all sorts of cultures and styles of music from around the world and enjoys new challenges! Ben is available and experienced in playing for a wide variety of functions. He teaches classroom music in a high school in Blackpool three days a week, where he leads a very popular Ukulele Orchestra and Samba Band amongst many other things. It’s an active job, but he still finds time to teach on his days off and play with one of his bands. He plays regularly with a few bands: Gobble de Gook and Que Bola? on piano; Tabuka (ceilidhs and klezmer) on accordion, Flying Folk (ceilidhs and concerts) on melodeon and Happy (Street Band) on banjolele and melodica.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Christmas, Traditional church music, Baroque, Classical crossover, Medieval music, Renaissance, Early music, Film / TV music, Dubstep, Electro-Swing, Electronica, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Folk, Bluegrass, Ceillidh, Folk rock, Irish rock, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Latin jazz, Jazz fusion, Gypsy jazz, Easy listening, Light music, Originals, Acoustic, Vintage, World music, Argentinian, African music, Afrobeat, Balkan, Australian music, Bossa nova, Caribbean music, Calypso, Brazilian music, Cuban music, Cumbia, French music, Greek music, Italian music, Klezmer, Jewish music, Latin, Polish music, Merengue, Russian music, Scottish music, Tango, Samba, Ska, Skiffle
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Accordion, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Keyboard, Piano, Guitar, Melodica, Percussion, Tin Whistle, Mandolin, DJ, Melodeon
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Audio engineer, Composer, Sound technician, Songwriter, Transcription, Musical comedy, Actor, Ableton Live, Live looping, Repetiteur, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Examiner, Animateur, Community music worker, Composition teaching, Musicologist
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Lancaster F, 4 years ago

Formidable squeezing, 6 years ago

highly talented & versatile accordion, melodeon, bass & ukelele-ist , music teacher and workshop leader”

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