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Seven Essays

I mostly write music without words, but I also secretly spend a lot of time writing words without music. Over the last several years, I’ve written a lot of essays, generally about the same sorts of subjects I get into with my music: namely landscape, place, the natural environment, and the different ways people engage with those things. I’ve finally collected seven of my favorites into a little book that I recently started selling at shows. You can order one here and it looks like this:

Each mini-book is handmade, 50 pages long, and full of things I think are cool. It contains one essay about a painter on an island in Maine, one about a mountain I love in New Hampshire, one about a man in the Pacific Northwest who is obsessed with preserving natural silence, one about a midcentury Swedish diplomat who managed to wrestle his demons to the ground in a pretty touching way, and still others about puffins, landscape photography, and the Connecticut River.

Some of these essays were previously published and some were not, but either way they’ve never been collected anywhere before and it’s satisfying to finally be able to offer a big stack of them to you all at once. I hope you like them.

Order “Seven Essays” here or grab one at an upcoming show. I’ll be in touch soon with news about tour dates for the summer and beyond.

Thanks, everybody. See you soon.
Ben

A Short Co-Bill Tour and an Old Interview

Hey everyone,

I’m pleased to announce that in early March I’ll be playing a quick series of shows up and down the metropolitan corridor with Max GarcĂ­a Conover, one of my good friends and favorite performers. Max is a prolific and talented songwriter based in Maine, and we got to know each other a few years ago when we worked together on his last album, ellery. We’ve found that our different musical styles turn out to complement each other very well, and we love performing together whenever we can. I expect that these shows will be a lot of fun. Here’s where they will be happening:

3/1 BURLINGTON, VT: Manhattan, 9pm
3/2 PORTLAND, ME: Blue, 5pm
3/3 SALEM, MA: Gulu Gulu Cafe, 9pm
3/4 MT. HOLLY, NJ: Robin’s Nest, 8pm
3/5 WASHINGTON, DC: Ebenezer’s, 7pm
3/11 WASHINGTON, DC: Vinyl Lounge at Gypsy Sally’s, 8pm
3/13 CAMBRIDGE, MA: Gallery 263, 6:30pm (doors)

Also: last summer I was interviewed on a radio station in Vermont by a great host named Joshua High, and we ended up having a lengthy conversation about music, landscape, environmental art, and more — it touched on a bunch of things I care about a lot. That interview is now on YouTube in case you’re interested in checking it out:

Hope to see you soon.
Ben

2016

Happy New Year, everybody — here’s where you can find me during the next couple weeks:

1/8 MACHIASPORT, ME – House Concert – inquire about details, 7pm
1/9 METHUEN, MA – House Concert – inquire about details, 6:30pm
1/20 YARMOUTH, ME – Gather, 6:30pm
1/22 BURLINGTON, VT – Light Club Lamp Shop, 8pm
1/23 TAMWORTH, NH – Tamworth Lyceum, 7pm (doors 6pm – tickets here)
1/24 PORTLAND, ME – One Longfellow SquareDavid Bowie Tribute Concert, 5:00pm
1/25 PORTLAND, ME – One Longfellow Square — opening for The Weather Station with Max Garcia Conover, 8:00pm
1/29 SOMERVILLE, MA – House Concert – inquire about details, 7pm
2/11 PRINCETON, NJ – House Concert – inquire about details, 7pm
2/16 BROOKLYN, NY – Pete’s Candy Store with Stephanie Jenkins

See you out there,
Ben