Sun, 20 Feb | Bobiks at The Punch Bowl Hotel

Ben Amos

Support from Faithful Johannes + Phillip Jonathan
Ben Amos

Time & Location

20 Feb 2022, 15:30 – 18:00 GMT
Bobiks at The Punch Bowl Hotel , 125 Jesmond Rd, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1JY, UK

About the Event

Benjamin Amos is a songwriter originally from Northern Ireland, now living in Durham. This February sees the release of Maelstrom, the first single from his debut album Letters.

Ben previously fronted bands that found success in Northern Ireland. His Sullivan & Gold album - For Foes was nominated for the Northern Irish Music Prize and he has supported artists such as Lisa Hannigan, Two Door Cinema Club and Ghostpoet.

Moving to the North-East he found a musical home at The Westgarth Social Club in Middlesbrough, amongst the Spooker Rekkids rabble, before finding success as co-writer and producer for Teesside favourites Nel Unlit, whose debut album received airplay and praise from the likes of BBC Radio 6's Tom Robinson.

Praise for Sullivan and Gold and Nel Unlit:

'If sumptuous and carefully crafted songs are your thing, For Foes will make for a pleasing listen... including soaring falsettos and lovely lyricism. - The Sunday Times

'Princes of sparklefolk, Sullivan & Gold have made a wonderfully thoughtful album that belongs inside a decent set of headphones.' - The Daily Mirror

'Wow! Like swimming in chocolate. Music like you haven’t heard in the last 60 years. Just blooming wonderful.' - Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6

Faithful Johannes makes spoken-word songs and the accompanying electronic music. He takes his ironing board to his gigs. It has been mistaken for a surfboard. He holds up large signs to help annotate his narratives or re inforce the choruses and gives out personalised notes to audience members.

In 2018 his song Ghosts in My Attic, about an unsuccessful attempt to clear out his loft, was voted North East song of the year. In 2019 Johannes released his debut album Thrills & Bills on Win Big Records.

After a string of EPs and standalone singles, Johannes brought out the tragicomic story album, Ken & Jean in September 2021 on pink vinyl. It was described by NARC. Magazine as ‘a gem fit for any collection’

Johannes has received national airplay from Tom Robinson and Gideon Coe on BBC 6 Music and regular support from BBC Introducing shows in the North East and Teesside.

He has played festivals, house shows and much in between on varied bills with rappers, poets, electronic artists and guitar bands. He’s been commissioned to produce songs and videos for Tees Music Alliance and Base Camp Middlesbrough.

‘The Alan Bennett of Hip Hop’- Future Sounds ‘He’s a great artist’ - Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music

‘Johannes displays a skill for some brilliant rhyming couplets and detailed lyrics which unfold into modern-day reflections of everyday feeling and society’ - Louder Than War

Classically trained in piano and violin, Philip Jonathan is a multi-instrumentalist whose live performances are brought together through his sensitive use of a loop pedal. His songs are crafted from the most raw and vulnerable moments of life; a reflection on the questions that rise to the surface, and a relentless hunt for the beauty that can be found within. Musically and lyrically, there is something here for those fond of Nick Drake and more recently, Ben Howard. Phillip's debut single ’Seafront’ (May ‘21) and it's follow-up ‘I Hope’ (July ‘21) were reviewed positivly by Obscure Sound, Ear to the Ground and NARC magazine. Both tracks featured on BBC Introducing North East and Indie Folk Central.

'An incredible feat of music production, Seafront will surprise you from start to finish. From Philip’s delicate, perfect falsetto and impeccable guitar fingerpicking to grand crescendos.' - NARC Magazine

'There’s nothing I could say here to prepare you for the energy and power of the guitar solo that rips into the middle of this lulling acoustic folk tune. The juxtaposition is as satisfying as it is surprising. This is a gem.' - Ear to the Ground

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