Ben Bedford – masterful storyteller

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Ben Bedford and Paul Goring

Ben Bedford is an American singer-songwriter, an inspiration to many and certainly to the enthusiastic festival audience on Friday, September 24. He dips into the vast archives of classic American literature to give his work a deep resonance. His work is poignant but never sentimental and he captures the vitality of his characters well.

“The Illinois songwriter is a masterful storyteller who can turn what seem like obscure historical references into engaging tales rife with vivid, stark imagery.” – Erik Ernst, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

In July of 2010, Bedford was named one of the “50 most significant folk singer-songwriters of the past 50 years” by Rich Warren of WFMT-Chicago. The list also included Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Anais Mitchell, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, and John Prine.

Ben attended the festival event on Saturday about Scintillas which is a new anthology of Maltese writing: always a ready listener to other cultures and works yet unknown to him.

Image Credits: Kt Bruce .

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