The wonderful talent that is Benjamin Francis Leftwich is going on an impressive looking tour soon, as you can see below. We caught up with him briefly to chat about his busy schedule, his new album and summer festivals.

This interview is on the eve of some pretty hectic looking tour dates - how do you feel about your schedule?

It will be great to play all the festivals this summer; I’m really looking forward to my Irish dates too. I love playing live so yeah I’m really looking forward to nailing all the festivals this summer and then doing my big tour in October.

Which festival are you looking forward to playing the most?

I think Leeds Festival just because I went a lot as a kid and it's our big local one back home.

    Benjamin's Festival dates -

  • 8-Jul-11 Canterbury Lounge on the Farm
  • 21-Jul-11 Belfast McHughs
  • 23-Jul-11 Oxfordshire Truck Festival
  • 24-Jul-11 Huntingdon Secret Garden Festival
  • 30-Jul-11 Lulworth Cove Camp Bestival
  • 5-Aug-11 Beauly Belladrum Festival
  • 6-Aug-11 Derbyshire Y Not Festival
  • 12-Aug-11 Newquay Relentless Boardmasters
  • 13-Aug-11 Leicester Summer Sundae Weekender
  • 14-Aug-11 Yorkshire Beacons Festival
  • 21-Aug-11 Hay On Wye Greenman Festival
  • 9-Sep-11 Isle Of Wight Bestival
  • 10-Sep-11 Ipswich Harvest at Jimmy's
  • 11-Sep-11 Oxon Alex James Presents

What venue are you looking forward to most?

I'm really looking forward to headlining Union Chapel on my October tour. I've played there once before and it's a really amazing venue!

You're touring with your début album coming out - tell us a bit about how you made it?

We made the album over the course of a year in a church hall in Finsbury Park in North London. It was an amazing place to record and Ian Grimble produced it and he had a really positive input on the record. Ian is really good sonically and knows his way around all the little sounds that we used a lot on the record. It was great to work with such a patient and meticulous producer but at the same time, Ian still really got the whole vibe we were going for and I think we all have good memories of making, "Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm".

What are your favourite tracks on it?

I don't have favourite tracks really, I like them all. It's kind of hard for me to be objective about my own music because I’m so involved in it all the time. I guess I have the best memories of recording '1904' just because it was so fun to do.

What bands or artists do you think we should be looking out for? Who's out there that's underappreciated at the moment?

A singer/songwriter from Ireland called Foy Vance is amazing! He tours a lot and seems to have his own thing going on. His album ‘Hope’ is so good, I think he's a really honest writer and all the production on his stuff is gorgeous as well.

Also, a band called The Bronze Medal from Bristol. I saw them play at Intro Festival in Middlesbrough and they were amazing! Really cool indie with really awesome songs.

Full UK tour dates below

  • Fri 30 Sep 2011 Stockton The Georgian Theatre
  • Sat 01 Oct 2011 Sheffield Leadmill
  • Sun 02 Oct 2011 Lincoln Tokyo
  • Mon 03 Oct 2011 Norwich Arts Centre
  • Tue 04 Oct 2011 Nottingham Glee Club
  • Fri 07 Oct 2011 Newcastle Riverside
  • Sat 08 Oct 2011 Aberdeen The Tunnels
  • Sun 09 Oct 2011 Glasgow Oran Mor
  • Mon 10 Oct 2011 Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire
  • Fri 14 Oct 2011 Leeds Brudenell
  • Sat 15 Oct 2011 Manchester The Ruby Lounge
  • Sun 16 Oct 2011 Leicester Musician
  • Mon 17 Oct 2011 Cambridge University - ARU
  • Tue 18 Oct 2011 Oxford Academy
  • Thu 20 Oct 2011 Bristol Fleece
  • Fri 21 Oct 2011 Exeter The Cavern
  • Sat 22 Oct 2011 Cardiff Chapter Arts Centre - SWN
  • Sun 23 Oct 2011 Southampton Talking Heads
  • Mon 24 Oct 2011 Brighton Komedia studio room
  • Wed 26 Oct 2011 London Union Chapel
  • Thu 27 Oct 2011 Birmingham Library
  • Sat 29 Oct 2011 York National Centre For Early Music
  • Sun 30 Oct 2011 Morecambe Library
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