Live Music #125 – Ben Osborn & Bethany Roberts

Berlin-based British songwriter and composer Ben Osborn and multi-instrumentalist songwriter Bethany Roberts (Bristol) present an experimental blend of melodic alt-folk, glitchy chamber pop and modern classical ambience.

The duo present a collaborative double set built of pieces and songs from each artist, reimagined by the other to form a uniquely diverse and immersive listening experience.

Coming from a poetic folk song tradition, Ben Osborn’s work draws also from electronica and classical music to create a space in which highly personal and deeply political stories can be told. Ethereal string sections rise and fade, complex electronic beats skitter, dreamlike piano chords drift into view: in less capable hands it might sound miscellaneous, but he weaves his disparate influences into textural tapestries that sound like nobody but him. Ben co-founded and co-runs
Berlin’s Open Music Lab, a free music production school for people from marginalised backgrounds.

Bethany M. Roberts is a songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. Her voice carries elements of folksong honesty and choral clarity as she weaves melody lines over intricate fingerpicked banjo & guitar patterns. She sings and plays with alt-folk band Hands of the Heron, co-writes original music with multi-instrumentalist Rowan Elliott (Solana), and produces soundscapes with poet Beth Calverley for their duo project House of Figs, among many other collaborations. She is the co-founder of Bristol’s Cuculi Records.

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