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BENJAMIN FRANCIS LEFTWICH

Saturday 5 February 2022

An exceptional English singer-songwriter from York, Leftwich released his first album Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm in 2011 which peaked at #35 on the UK charts. He visits Lyme as part of a tour for his new album ‘To Carry A Whale’ produced by Sam Duckworth (Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly) with Eg White (Adele, Florence & The Machine, Sam Smith).

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An exceptional English singer-songwriter from York, Leftwich released his first album Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm in 2011 which peaked at #35 on the UK charts. He visits Lyme as part of a tour for his new album ‘To Carry A Whale’ produced by Sam Duckworth (Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly) with Eg White (Adele, Florence & The Machine, Sam Smith).

London-based Yorkshireman Leftwich was one of the first signings to the Dirty Hit label – still his home alongside The 1975, Wolf Alice and Beabadoobee. Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm cracked the top 40 in 2011 and included Shine – a cute, romantic indie folk ballad that was remixed by tropical house king Kygo and named by Spotify their “most addictive song of 2014”, as the song that was repeat-played most often that year. He operated at the forefront of that wave of young men with acoustic guitars and big feelings to express – Ben Howard, Michael Kiwanuka, James Vincent McMorrow – a style that never shouted, but proved highly popular.

Benjamin Francis Leftwich’s fourth album comes with a heavy title: To Carry a Whale. “It’s an observation on what it’s like to be a sober alcoholic addict a couple of years in,” he explains. “A whale is heavy to carry. It’s gonna hurt you to carry it. But it’s also beautiful, and it’s a miracle to be able to carry all that at all.”

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