Benjafield,s first album "Full Circle" was composed by Don Bate with lyrics shared between Don and some guest writers, and Co produced by Don and Simon Reid. Now on the eve of it's second self titled release "Benjafield" is still produced by Don, but the feel is more collaborative with songs written by Simon, Kelly and Don. This natural evolution as a truly collaborative live performance band gives individuals the chance to bring their strengths to the fore. A distillation of Benjafield\'s blend of influences is occurring. The result is an energetic concoction of pop,funk,dub,and generally toe tapping grooves with overtones of jazz and electronica, which showcases the versatility and eclectic backgroung of members of the band. Benjafield is Don Bate (vocals, trombone) Simon Reid (Guitar) Kelly Ottaway (keyboards) Henry Nichols (drums) Richard Armstrong (bass) With an emphasis on strong live performance the band is truly the sum of it,s parts, with it,s studio tracks retaining this fresh live vibe.
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