Smith and Brewer


Smith and Brewer

Ben Smith and Jimmy Brewer met in 2015 when they were both supporting Joan Armatrading on her first solo tour.
They started writing together and their first duo gig saw them opening for Joan in front of a thousand-strong audience in Blackpool.
They have been performing together regularly since then, playing at St Pancras Old Church, The Kimpton Folk Festival, The Secret Garden Party and opening for Tommy Emmanuel at the Milton Keynes International Festival. They were chosen to showcase at The Americana Music Association UK 2017 in London where they were selected to perform in a songwriting panel in front of Beth Neilsen Chapman, Angaleena Presley, Graham Gouldman of 10CC.
This was followed by a series of gigs including Cambridge City Roots, Ireby Festival, Maverick Festival, Cambridge Big Weekend and Folk on the Dock. They have also performed at venues such as the Slaughtered Lamb and the Green Note.
In April 2017 they recorded three songs for Bob Harris’s ‘Under the Apple Tree’ sessions which attracted over 30,000 views.
In September 2017 they were chosen to showcase at AmericanaFest 2017 in Nashville. They performed at five official events in venues including Alley Taps, The Decker and Dyer Restaurant and Bar, The Groove and The Country. They played in front of audiences comprising industry professionals such as AMA President Jed Hilly, artist and producer Gail Davies and AMA UK Chair Stevie Freeman.
They also secured a slot performing at the iconic Bluebird Cafe, and recorded with local producer Thomm Jutz.
Since their return to the UK, they have supported Ralph McTell at the London Palladium and the Cambridge Corn Exchange, and they have also performed at the Llyn Acoustic Festival, headlined at the Cambridge Junction, and supported Graham Gouldman at The Stables.
2018 will see them release their debut album and continue to tour extensively.

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