Benbros Album released today!

Here it is, as promised! This morning the release of the very first Benbros album. Today also marks the birthday of my brother Supawal, and the 10th anniversary of Carla and I moving to France! You can download a selection of tracks from our album for free this morning at the link below. Wishing you all a fabulous day.

A taster!

With the release of our first album “Friday’s Child”, just over a week away, we’ve been asked what sort of shizz is it? Here is a taster of type of shizz it iz! This track will give you the idea, and although it won’t appear on the album you can download it for free! Please give us a like, share it, and leave a comment.
Thanks 🙂

Jazz n Blues sessions 2017

Bennetti’s open Jazz n Blues sessions this year are last Thursday of March, May, July, September, November. All held at the Soleil Couchant, 16310 Verneuil, France. Starting around 8pm.

These sessions are open to all musicians but you must make contact beforehand. You will also need to become an adherent to our association at a cost of 5 euros.

Ces sessions sont ouvertes à tous les musiciens mais vous devez prendre contact à l’avance. Vous devrez également adhérer à notre association à un coût de 5 euros.

Jazz n Blues Club Dates 2017

Here’s the skinny….

Objective – to create a warm loving environment in which like minded musicians can meet, play, share, grow, and get hip!

A list of songs for the session will be posted by me well in advance. This gives those wishing to take part a chance to brush up on them. We want people to feel comfortable, so, no surprises – please don’t just turn up and ask to play something
that isn’t on the list. This may make people uncomfortable, and while ‘outside the comfort zone’ is often where the magic happens we don’t want to put people on the spot or embarrass them.

We usually include Jazz standards – easy ones that everybody knows and some more challenging ones. We also include a good dollop of blues.

The ‘house band’ is made up of very experienced pro’ standard players.

Here is an example ‘hit list’ from last year….the hit list is compiled by me. I do take suggestions.

All Your Love – Otis Rush
Smoke on thw Water – Deep Purple
Tulsa Time – Don Williams
Moondance – Van Morrison
Summertime – Gershwin
Caught a Touch of Your Love – Diane Schuur
This Masquerade – Leon Russell
Sunny – Bobby Hebb – Am
Mornin – Al Jarreau – F
Out of Time – Chris Farlowe
Before You Accuse Me – Bo Diddley – E
Nothing Takes the Place of You – Tab Benoit
Help the Poor – Robben Ford – Dm
Be Authentic – Tim Bragg – D
Shoe on the Other Foot – D
The Thrill is Gone – Gm
Rainy Day Women – – Bob Dylan
To Be Alone With You – Bob Dylan

I provide PA and mics. 2 guitar amplifiers (no effect pedals allowed – bring own guitar and lead.
There is a drummer, who lets drummers play his kit (bring own sticks)
Keyboard player who lets players play.
Bassist who lets players use his rig (bring own bass)

Friday’s Child

My drummer brother Supawal visited me a while back. We had great fun doing some playing together. It’s over 25 years since we played together in bands.

Each day we’d go into the studio with an idea, a notion, a catalyst. We’d empty our minds and pray that the Gods of music might express themselves through us.
Then we’d hit record and play. After that we’d drink a beer and get on with editing and mixing.
This was Friday’s Child…….. I hope you like it.

Thank you…

If I should die, think only this of me;
That there’s some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England’s breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.

And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.
Rupert Brooke. 1887 – 1915


On the podium in the 25th Fréderic Mistral VTT Raid

25th Frederic Mistral VTT Race

Yeah!!! I made it onto the podium in second place! Don’t get too excited though, I was second in the over 60s category. However, I did ride well, and I thoroughly enjoyed the race. The 25th edition of the Frederic Mistral. One big 42km circuit around the magical mystical and very beautiful Monts de Blond.

How’d it go? I rode a measured, safe, calculated ride. I had a plan and I stuck to it. The plan was to take it steady for the first hour to hour and a half then turn it up. I started steady and found myself in the company of two other 60+ riders. One of them dropped his chain and had to stop, so I knew he was behind. The other was right in front of me. He was riding well, so I stayed where I was and shadowed him. I played it a bit cute, I didn’t want him to know I was there. I didn’t want to take it on too soon. With an hour and a half gone I was looking for an opportunity to sneak by. There was a sharp bend, and moment of confusion two or three other riders, I slipped by on the inside and upped the pace. I didn’t see him again. I pushed on hard thinking I was leading 60+ vet, but unbeknown to me there was another who finished some 7 minutes ahead of me. No matter, I had a fab day out, and loved every second of it.

Jazz n Blues Club October session….

The October session is at the Soleil Couchant on 27th starting around 8pm. This should be a great session. We have a real Jazz guitarist visiting for the first time. Also we have Steve Trotter’s new band ‘Blues System’ kicking off the second half…..playing a short set including a song from local musician/songwriter Tim Bragg’s latest album ‘Be Authentic. Come along and join in why don’tcha? 🙂

Bennettis Jazz n Blues Club October 2016