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Newcastle upon Tyne
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Ben is a versatile session guitarist, bassist, MD and educator based in the North East of England. More info at

Ben has been playing the guitar for approximately 20 years and teaching for 9 years. He is an RGT registered tutor and has an 100% pass rate for all his students who have undertaken instrumental grades. As well as having a background in music and performance, Ben also trained to be a Speech and Language Therapist. He is fascinated about the relationship between music and communication, and continues to explore and reflect upon this in his teaching work and personal life. Ben has a varied background in live performance, studio recording and directing ensembles. His session work in Manchester and Newcastle helped solidify his love of jazz and fingerstyle playing. He also performs and records with a pop trio, Tessera Skies. The band's most notable achievements include working with Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), performing at the BBC 6Music Festival and headlining the Sage Gateshead in the North East. The band have featured in many local and national publications such as Q and CLASH and have recieved airplay on Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, 6Music, BBC Newcastle, and Amazing Radio. He is greatly inspired by the music of Django Reinhardt, George Benson, Martin Taylor, Chet Atkins, Claude Debussy and Steely Dan. In his ongoing role as visiting guitar tutor at St Cuthbert’s Catholic Primary School, Kenton, Newcastle, Ben has been delivering guitar lessons to over 35 students in the school from 2015 – present. Ben has also supported the school in several musical productions and his contributions have enabled the school to excel in this area. Ben also currently teaches 25 private students. Their ability ranges from absolute beginner to grade 7 standard. Ben's teaching specialties often focus on classical, jazz and associated styles, but he has also been known to teach a little rock!

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 can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Classical, Jazz, Folk, Pop, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Gospel, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Christmas, Ambient, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Easy listening, Light music, Experimental, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Americana, Covers, Disco, Funk, Funk rock, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Vintage, Tribute, Rock, Alternative rock, Indie, Pop rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Synth rock, World music, Bossa nova, Italian music, Reggae, Salsa, Samba, Ska, Skiffle, Tango, Spanish music
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Event types:
Hotel / Restaurant event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Songwriter, Producer, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching, Community music worker
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Song list

Yes Sir, That's My Baby
All Of Me
Bei Mir Bist Du Schon
Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
Marry You
Sunday Morning
Alright, Okay, You Win
Ain't Misbehavin'
Hotel California
Hallelujah I Just Love Him So
Heart Of Glass
As Time Goes By
Ain't Nobody
Blues My Naughy Sweetie Gives To Me
I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
Five Foot Two
Route 66
You Make Me Feel So Young
Bare Necessities
Cheek To Cheek
All The Things You Are
At Last
Call Me Maybe
Georgia On My Mind
For Once In My Life
It Don't Mean A Thing
Hit The Road Jack
Honeysuckle Rose
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
I'm Beginning To See The Light
Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)
My Baby Just Cares For Me
Orange Colored Sky
Satin Doll
Someone To Watch Over Me
There Will Never Be Another You
They Can't Take That Away From Me
You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£275
Up to 1 hour£275
Up to 2 hours£275
Up to 3 hours£275
Personalised Music Message
Book me to create a unique music video for you to send to a friend as a gift. This could be a birthday message, first dance song for a wedding anniversary, or just your friend's favourite song to cheer them up.


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Lisa M, 8 months ago

Ben was fab!! The music he played for our wedding was lovely, gutted I didn’t get to pay a tad more attention to it as was so busy but loads of guests came up to me and David to tell us how great they thought he was!! We got lots of wows about the music, everyone was really impressed. Such a lovely canny bloke too! Definitely recommend Ben and can’t thank him enough for making our day special

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John M, 2 years ago

Great guy, super music, can't recommend highly enough

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Amar C, 2 years ago

Absolutely fantastic guitarist, great guy and a model professional. I found his approach meticulous, organised and efficient, to ensure that the performance was the best it could have been. It was a privilege to record my first single with his guidance and experience.

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James H, 2 years ago

Working with Ben was an absolute pleasure! From our very first initial contact, to actually playing the gig together on the night, he was extremely accommodating. His calm and welcoming approach was lovely, making it very settling coming in as a dep piano player. His attitude to the music and running the show made for a great atmosphere, plus he's got a great style and sophisticated approach to his playing... very tasteful! I look forward to working with him again in the future.

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From other musicians:

23rd February 2018

Ben and I perform in a wedding trio together and he stands out as one of the best session musician’s in Newcastle. His communication style and effective organisational skills make sure each gig is well structured, is fun, and runs to time. Thanks Ben!