Hey! Manchester presents Ben P Williams with Shimna w/ Harriet Dagnall
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Ben P Williams is a difficult artist to pigeonhole and is all the better for it. Discovering The Beatles LP’s in his parents cupboard aged five, he instantly became obsessed and began a voyage of musical discovery which has lasted his whole life. Moulding the classic song-writing sound of Paul Simon with the laid-back nature of Jack Johnson, Ben draws inspiration from the greats while injecting his own wit and imagination for lyrics which perfectly encapsulate relatable experiences to make you smile.
As a guitarist, Ben has worked with Grammy award winning producers, appeared on BBC 1, ITV and Channel 5, and played concerts as the support act for major artists such as Nile Rodgers and Chic, Will Young, Mick Hucknall and Lisa Stansfield. He has supported artists on European tours and at festivals around the world including South By South West Festival in Texas.
After years of working on other peoples’ projects, Ben woke up one day and randomly wrote a song by and for himself. This first song opened the floodgates and was the catalyst for Ben to pursue his solo endeavours as a singer-songwriter. His debut album, Who Do You Think You Are? was released in 2015 to critical acclaim and received airplay on BBC Radio 2 (Dermot O’Leary Show) and BBC Introducing Manchester.
Ben has since released three further albums, Put It On Ice in 2017, the stripped back Minimum of Fuss in 2019 and Under The Radar in 2023. These albums have seen support from BBC Radio 6, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Introducing.
Ben will be performing with Shimna, an outrageously talented musician and songwriter who has recently moved to Manchester from New Zealand, and is already taking the Manchester music scene by storm.
“Guaranteed to bring a smile to your face” – R2 Magazine
“So beautiful” – Janice Long, BBC Radio 2
“A nice chilled vibe” – Huey Morgan, BBC Radio 2
“The best song of the year so far” – BBC Radio Manchester
“The arrangement choices are stunning.. this would be lovely in a film” – Fresh on the Net