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Benjamin J Thompson



  • Solo guitarist/vocalist
  • Wide repetoire of classics and alternative covers
  • Percussionist Optional.


He is based in Manchester/Salford playing regularly in the North West and in the South West.

Standard Set Times

  • Three 40 minute sets + breaks

About this Act

Originally from Bristol, this acoustic singer songwriter now works in and around the North West, based in Manchester. With an individual folk/soul sound he has an extensive range of well-known and alternative covers from the 60's to the present day.

He also writes and performs his own material with the influences from David Gray, Damien Rice and Ray Lamontagne. Using his big vocal range to the full he reworks all his covers to an original sound.

Although primarily a solo artist, he also performs regularly with a knit group of musicians at local open mics and jam nights, which he also hosts. Thomas Greaves is a regular performer with Benjamin and adds a real edge to his music with a vast array of percussive technique again reworking cover material and pushing his own writing. They can be found serenading the vast streets of Manchester regularly as they busk and practice in the open air.

Set List

9 Crimes – Damien Rice
All The Way Down – Glen Hansard
As Much As I Ever Could – City and Colour
Babylon – David Gray
Boats and Birds – Gregory and the Hawk
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Burn – Ray Lamontagne
Crazy – Cee Lo Green
Creep – Radiohead
Empty – Ray Lamontagne
Everywhere I Go - Lissie
Fields Of Gold – Sting
Get Lucky – Daft Punk
House of the Rising Sun – The Animals
Hannah – Ray Lamontagne
Hey There Delilah – Plain White T’s
Hit the Road Jack – Ray Charles
Iris – Goo Goo Dolls
In My Time of Need – Ryan Adams
Into My Arms – Nick Cave
I’m Yours – Jason Miraz
Killing Me Softly – Fugees
Kiss Me – Sixpence None the Richer
Last Request – Paulo Nutini
Lesson Learned – Ray Lamontagne
Lies – Swell Season
Little Lion Man – Mumford and Sons
Losing My Religion – REM
Mr Brightside – The Killers
New Shoes – Paulo Nutini
Purple Rain – Prince
Say it to Me Now – Glen Hansard
Save Tonight – Eagle Eye Cherry
Sex is on Fire – Kings of Leon
She’s Only Happy in the Sun – Ben Harper
Skinny Love – Bon Iver/ Birdy
Stand By Me – Ben E. King
Strange and Beautiful - Aqualung
Storm Warning – I am Kloot
Talk Her Down – Starsailor
The Man Who Told Everything - Doves
This Years Love – David Grey
To Build A Home – Cinematic Orchestra
To Make you Feel My Love – Bob Dylan
Volcanoes – Damien Rice
What I Said – Ray Charles
White Blank Page – Mumford and Sons
Where Ever You Will Go – The Calling
You Got The Love – Florence and the Machine
You are the Only One I Love – Jay May


  • Solo artist consisting of guitar and vocals
  • Duo (guitar and percussion)


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