Ben plays Beatles
|Birth name||John Benjamin Walker|
|Born||17 July 1980 (1980-07-17)
|Genres||internet folk pop, geek troubadour|
|Occupations||Musician, web developer|
|Instruments||Vocals, piano, guitar|
|Associated acts||Jont, The Legendary Swordsmen, Papa Yam & the moose|
I think I'm going to make this my main website (and keep ihatemornings.com as a Tumblr blog), so I'm starting to drag all my favourite stuff from there to here. Feel free to explore, but bear in mind that you are essentially boring directly into my brain as I spew out and organise facts and stories about my life. Just saying. Be warned. ;)
Man (hat on)
We (Miranda, Xander and I) went on a creative adventure to New York in the first week of December 2009. We called it Man (hat on). I played at The 2nd Annual Beatles Complete On Ukulele Festival, and we filled up the rest of the week with house concerts, office gigs (including the Tumblr gig) and parties. We love the idea of sustainable creativity (in the end we all just want to create, right?) so we took a week off work and crammed in as much music, blogging, meeting, tweeting and collaborating as we could. I also found time to record a new version of Box Junction Heart with Dave Barratt.
Before the trip I got together with Daley Walton and Nick Gill to screen print some t-shirts, and we made a load of clever little badges which are now travelling the streets of Brooklyn on trendy hats and tweed jackets. Along the way we recorded the Man (hat on) live album, with the album art crowdsourced on Flickr.
We recorded the week's adventures on a Tumblr blog, and that's where you'll find the videos, blog posts, photos and songs.
- (lyrics, videos, audio and guitar tabs)
A support group for musicians without cars.
A virtual band made up of people on Twitter called Ben.
A worldwide movement to improve the quality of live entertainment.
Ben's Big Gig
- the press release (which I keep updating as news comes in)
- the student press release (for student magazines and newsletters)
- the BBG set list
Ben's brilliant Tuesday emails
I've been sending out a series of weekly emails to my email list explaining social media and internet stuff in my trademarked easy-going style. It seems a shame for them to languish in old mailboxes, so here they are: Tuesday emails.
Stuff you can help out with
This is a wiki, which means you can edit it. Yes, really! Just click the 'edit' button at the top of any page. You don't have to. But I'm sure you'll sleep better knowing that you could, in theory, update some mis-transcribed lyrics or add a link to a relevant blog post.
- Add songs that I haven't thought of to the Songs page