Ben Maggs has returned with Come As You Are, a honed and refined nu-folk album which has nestled itself securely in said genre.
He draws influences from the elements around him, ‘from the waters’ edge’, from the Scottish Highlands to the Cornish shores, from the crashing waves to the storms overhead. He interweaves nature and the city throughout each track.
I first saw Ben Maggs live in Bristol at the Folk House; he grabbed and held the attention of everyone from the moment he graced the stage. A unique voice; gentle yet passionate and delivered his songs with conviction.
Now, almost four years later I’m listening to his recent collection of carefully crafted stories. After so much critical acclaim over the years it can be a daunting yet thrilling experience to release more pieces of yourself into the world. How will they be received? Ben has nothing to fear. Over the years he has shaped his style to fit his own mould telling tales of bear cubs, of travelling far & wide then returning home, tales of love and of winter moons. New classics are born on Come As You Are such as the urgent album opener of The Storm, the swooping melancholy My My My and the uplifting, unashamed love declaration Hearts. All of which challenge his previous hits such as Man in the Moon.
Here is a collection of beautiful, honest well written songs from the heart.
You can purchase them and keep up to date with Ben & his travels on his website:
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