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Musician Profile

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Ollie Benson – Banjo and Guitar. I wanted a guitar when still at primary school but I got a ukulele banjo which I never learnt to play. By the time I reached secondary, the guitar had become hugely popular due to the skiffle boom. I got my first instrument by the time I was thirteen and it was not long before I had formed my own group with some school friends. By the time I was twenty I had developed an interest in jazz and this led me to playing with some outstanding local musicians including Digby Fairweather, John Mole and Jasper Livesey. Eventually my career and family commitments curtail my musical activities but for most of my life I played in functions bands at weekends. About 2001 I gave up functions bands and joined a band playing swing jazz. I was asked to play banjo in addition to guitar and that it is when I started to play plectrum banjo which led me to play in several traditional bands. Soon after, I developed and interest in traditional Irish music and I now play Irish tenor banjo as well as guitar and mandolin for a skiffle group that likes some traditional folk music in its repertoire. It seems that I have come full circle.

Groups Played For (at CJC)

Group photo for          The New  King Jazz
(Banjo and Guitar)

Previous Bookings

Date Group Instrument Further Info
1st May 2022Banjo and GuitarN/A
30th January 2022Banjo and GuitarN/A
8th March 2020BanjoN/A
12th January 2020Banjo and GuitarN/A
3rd November 2019BanjoN/A
12th May 2019Banjo and GuitarN/A
7th April 2019BanjoN/A
4th November 2018BanjoN/A
27th May 2018BanjoN/A
11th March 2018Banjo and GuitarN/A
10th December 2017BanjoN/A
17th September 2017Banjo and GuitarN/A
23rd July 2017BanjoN/A
29th January 2017BanjoN/A
12th June 2016BanjoN/A
10th January 2016BanjoN/A
6th September 2015BanjoN/A
8th March 2015BanjoN/A
7th December 2014Banjo and GuitarN/A
2nd November 2014BanjoN/A
1st June 2014BanjoN/A
19th January 2014BanjoN/A
27th October 2013BanjoN/A
26th May 2013BanjoN/A
10th March 2013Banjo and GuitarN/A
30th December 2012BanjoN/A
21st October 2012BanjoN/A
15th July 2012BanjoN/A
18th December 2011BanjoN/A
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