In the hills of Shropshire, Benji, like other children immersed in the folk world, was brought up listening to a wide range of musical styles. It wasn’t long before he was picking up instruments and with the arrival of an electric guitar into his life, Benji began listening to 50’s Rock n’ Roll, before moving via ZZ Top to Jimi Hendrix.
At college, Benji formed a band called The Hedgerows, who eventually evolved into an acoustic outfit, resulting in them having a song (penned by Benji) featured on Evolving Tradition 1 (Mrs Casey Records) in 1995. This got Benji’s name noticed and his solo debut (‘Dance in the Shadow’) was released in 1998 on the Wildgoose label. Benji joined the band Dr Faustus in the same year.
In 2004, Benji’s 2nd solo album, ‘Half a Fruit Pie’, was released, this time on the Fellside label.
In the same year, Folk/funk/jazz/soul big band, Bellowhead was formed and Benji was a founder member. With an appearance on BBC TV’s ‘Later’ and performances everywhere from the Royal Opera House to the Shepherd’s Bush Empire, the band has gone from strength to strength. They are headlining festivals in the UK and in Europe and, following in St Etienne’s footsteps, have recently been named as Band in Residence at London’s South Bank Centre for 2008.
Benji Kirkpatrick Discography Tracks
|FECD181||Benji Kirkpatrick||Half A Fruit Pie (CD, Album)||Fellside Recordings||FECD181||UK||2004||Sell This Version|
|NAVIGATOR 5LP||Faustus / Benji Kirkpatrick||Faustus / Benji Kirkpatrick - Faustus / Boomerang (2xLP, Album, Gre + 2xCD, Album)||Navigator Records (2)||NAVIGATOR 5LP||UK||2008||Sell This Version|
|NAVIGATOR 2||Benji Kirkpatrick||Boomerang (CD, Album)||Navigator Records (2)||NAVIGATOR 2||UK & Europe||2008||Sell This Version|
Singles & EPs
|EDJ014||Benji Kirkpatrick||People (CD, EP)||EDJ Records (2)||EDJ014||UK||2007||Sell This Version|