The Island Music Club / The Gallery Sessions Present


The Ben Reel Band

Sunday June 18th

The Gallery Cafe, Market Square, Gort, Co Galway

Doors 8:30 pm, Adm : €15

Bookings at 086-8599957 or from The Gallery Cafe at 091-630630



Ben Reel







`Ben is a singer-songwriter from South Armagh with a mighty band behind him, the sound is sometimes reminiscent of Dylan and The Band.’ – Dai Jeffries ( May 2015 ****


`In days of yore there used to be something called ‘good time rock ‘n’ roll’. With 7th, Ben Reel’s just reinvented it. ‘ **** – Pete Whalley – Get ready to rock Sept 2015


`Certainly the South Armagh man shows no sign of flagging on this self-produced 14-track set – and that goes for his impressive band as well. Reel’s 2013 Darkness and the Light album was strong, but this is better balanced and more consistent. ‘ – Joe Breen – The Irish Times – **** album review of 7th/ May 2015


`Fine return from N.Ireland’s premier exponent of American roots’ – Colm O’Hare Hotpress 7/10 stars / 10th July 2015




Irish artist Ben Reel released his eagerly awaited 7th studio album on May 18th 2015 simply titled `7th’ which is a real rock`n’record featuring his great band. Like the previous album `Darkness & the Light’ in 2013 the new album 7th was recorded & produced by himself in his home studio in Co.Armagh, Ireland.


Since his debut back in 1999, each album has gone from strength to strength, receiving critical acclaim from radio & press from around the world. Ben’s music has evolved into an honest earthy sound that has matured like a fine wine, drawing from the well of different styles of musical influence from rock, soul, blues, alt folk/americana, country & reggae which fuses all these genres into a melting pot to create a great sound which has become his own .


In the past years he has had numerous high profile TV & Radio appearances and airplay under his belt including Bob Harris BBC Radio 2 and has supported names like Jools Holland, Alabama 3, The Cranberries and has collaborated musically with such names as Hal Ketchum, the legendary ‘Blockheads’, award winning saxophonist Gilad Atzmon and co wrote and performed with some of Nashville’s finest, David Olney, John Hadley, Sergio Webb & Irene Kelley.


Over the last 7 years Ben has enjoyed successful tours in Ireland, UK, Europe & U.S receiving rave reviews and attracting a growing fan base . His band includes amongst the finest musicians in Ireland, Michael Black on Drums, Ronnie O’Flynn on bass, Mick McCarney on guitar and his wife Julieanne Reel on backing vocals & percussion. With this line up they have built up a loyal following.


The band have previously graced big festivals such as Huntenpop in the Netherlands, Kilkenny rhythm & roots, Cork jazz festival and have also appeared for the first time at Ireland’s premiere music festival “Electric Picnic” in 2014.


In 2013 Ben toured in the U.S & UK with Tommy Womack (Nashville) as a duo. and in 2014 his band toured as double bill with legendary folk singer/songwriter Eric Andersen in the UK.