Ben Edge – New Tradition

The songs on New Tradition by Ben Edge are living things, songs that have grown out on Ben’s travels around the UK. Songs as alive as the folk traditions he documents and interprets in his art and music. It was my pleasure to produce this debut album for Ben and to play on some of this album as well.

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New Tradition is the debut Solo Album by Ben Edge, who’s past musical projects include Thee Spivs and Ben Edge and the Electric Pencils.

Ben who is also a painter and visual artist, has undertaken a project over the past four years in which he has obsessively been visiting, filming and painting the folk customs, rituals and ceremonies of the British Isles and this group of songs was inspired by the sights, sounds and folkloric world in which Edge has immersed himself. The cover art is one of Edges paintings and depicts the Garland king of Castleton, Derbyshire. 

The album was produced by Matthew Shaw (Shirley Collins, Tex La Homa, Spectral and the Pop Group) who after seeing a video for the song ‘Green and Mutilated land” in which Ben had overlaid some of his footage of the Druid order from various equinox and solstice ceremonies, encouraged Ben to gather up all the songs he had and to record his debut solo album. Edge and Shaw initially met and struck up a friendship at a Spring equinox ceremony on Tower Hill.

The coming year will be a busy one for Ben Edge with the Launch of his documentary film and series of Paintings ‘Frontline Folklore’ that will be exhibited in collaboration with the Museum of British Folklore and of course when the world permits playing live and performing the songs of ‘New Tradition’.

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