American singer-songwriter Ben Bedford brings his ‘portrait songwriting’ to Rothesay on Wednesday, April 24 at the latest in Transclyde Music’s series of acoustic gigs in Rothesay.
Poignant, but never sentimental, Bedford’s intriguing sketches of America, its individuals, their victories and their struggles capture the vitality of his homeland, tackling scenarios including homelessness, the plight of a Confederate soldier’s wife during the American Civil War, the aerial triumphs of Amelia Earhart, the life of Jack London, the murder of Emmett Till in 1955, John the Baptist, the poet Vachel Lindsay and even the 1973 standoff between members of The American Indian Movement and federal agents on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
Often drawing upon history, Bedford’s songs have a strong sense of time and place. The songs are rich in sensory detail which allows the listener to hear, see and feel each narrative.
With the release of his third album, What We Lost, Bedford establishes himself as a songwriter in the tradition of musical icons ranging from Bill Morrissey to Woody Guthrie, casting individual people in the theater of the American landscape.
Tickets for the gig are available in advance from Musicker in Rothesay’s High Street; the gig venue is not licensed, but you’re welcome to bring your own drinks to the concert.