Half Moon presents:
Ben Poole (Band Show)
Ben Poole + The Villanovas
Entry Requirements: 18+ after 7pm
Ben really brings the fire with his licks. He’s got neck-snapping vibrato where he catches a bunch of strings at once and grinds the shit out of them. By the way he hits the guitar, we can only assume it’s been saying rude things about his mother! Ben impressed with his tone, touch and stage presence. Ben Poole: the next Joe Bonamassa? -Total Guitar magazine
Support comes from Larmer Tree Breakthrough Act Music Award - Winners, THE VILLANOVAS
Very good. A really fresh sound and style!- Paul Jones (BBC Radio 2)
Fing amazing! I loved his playing…I really loved his playing!”* – **JEFF BECK
A Really great player! – GARY MOORE
This is a young man to look out for as he is no doubt a rising talent and should be supported when he comes to a local venue. – BLUES MATTERS’ MAGAZINE
Unbelievable! It’s very refreshing to hear someone in today’s time who reminds me of the guys who inspired me when I was young. He’ll be a household name someday for sure…Amazing! – RICHIE KOTZEN
Great tracks, great guitar and vocal live…one great special player! – BERNIE TORME (Ozzy Osbourne, Ian Gillan/Deep Purple)
When you hear comments such as the above from some of the worlds’ greatest guitar players and one of the leading UK roots magazines you just know they have heard something very special. Twenty-five year old Ben Poole is currently being described as the most exciting young blues guitarist to come out of the UK for a long, long time.
Since forming in 2014, THE VILLANOVAS have become one of the most exciting unsigned ROCK BANDS to emerge from THE UK.
In 2015, after being named THE BLUES MAGAZINE’S “BAND TO WATCH," THE VILLANOVAS were approached by METROPOLIS STUDIOS and offered an open invitation TO RECORD in that studio. Recording in METROPOLIS STUDIOS would put THE VILLANOVAS in the same space as so many iconic recording artists. In the Spring of 2016, THE VILLANOVAS were honored to headline "THE FESTIVAL DEL PITIC: HERMOSILLO, MEXICO alongside EARTH WIND AND FIRE, GILBY CLARKE, and ANA MOURA. It was an amazing experience. Following the band's first tour outside of the UK, THE VILLANOVAS embarked upon a tour of CANADA that included a string of festivals and club dates. After returning to England, THE VILLANOVAS garnered the spotlight of "BBC INTRODUCING," which capped off an outstanding year. For 2017, our five-track EP, “BITTER SEEDS”, is set to be released in February! You can find it on all major distribution and streaming services like Itunes/Spotify etc.