Ben has been playing guitar since age 11 when he bought his first guitar from his winnings in a national art competition. Now playing guitars 17 and 23 he’s refined technique and defined a personal style, studying with many well known guitarists including with Pierre Bensusan at his home in France.
Over the years Ben has played Rock, Blues, Jazz, Classical, Contemporary as well as Scottish and Irish Folk music, in bands and solo, taking him from Scotland to Europe, the USA and Australia. Now focusing on Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar, ‘Spindrift’ is Ben's first solo acoustic fingerstyle guitar album. He tours the UK, Europe and Canada, performing at venues such as concert halls, churches, historic castles, clubs, restaurants, village halls and festivals. Private functions and corporate events also take up much of his time.
Ben's musical influences started as a child with the family ritual of listening to Scottish folk and traditional music on “The White Heather Club” every week but quickly expanded to include Maninas De Plata, Andre Segovia, Wes Montgomery, Johnny Lee Hooker, even Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix - Ben has been described as 'a mix of Hendrix and Segovia in a kilt!'. He says, “I've been lucky over the last few years to meet up with some great guitarists of today John Renbourn, Tony McManus, Martin Carthy and particularly Pierre Bensusan, who I admire for his depth, sincerity and soaring musical eloquence.”
In 2001 Ben was invited to play at the Ullapool Guitar Festival in concerts alongside John Renbourn, Clive Carroll, Adrian Byron Burns, Robbie McIntosh and the late Isaac Guillory. The enthusiastic response from the audiences, guitarists and festival organisers led Ben to recording his solo album 'Spindrift'.