Celebrating his strong Celtic heritage, and with vocal nuances once called 'Delightfully celebrative, and yet at times, wistful...' music has been a part of Eric Benson's life for many years. As a youth, Benson performed in various community theatre and choir performances, with key roles in musicals such as the King and I and Gypsy. Over the years, Benson found himself singing with a swing orchestra, playing front man for a 'techno-pop' band, and providing voice talent for various radio productions. In addition to his musical ventures, Benson has worked as a pastor, a historical railroad consultant, and an anchor/producer for a CBS television affiliate. He has authored many articles, appearing in magazines around the world. Benson holds degrees in Business Management, Logistics, Ministry, and a Doctorate in Rural Ministry. Eric Benson has performed on stage with such diverse artists as the Salvation Army New York Staff Band, Christian recording artist Don Moen, Dance Club favorite Chaz Berkhouse (Uro), and of course, The Boatrights. From their beginning in 1995, The Boatrights have made their mark on the Celtic music circuit with an innovative musical and vocal style that brings a new element of Celtic inspired music to their audiences. With a show that moves smoothly from the soft & serene to the fast and fanciful, they have headlined some of the Country's largest Scottish & Celtic festivals. Their performance at Th' Gatherin' in 2000 was featured in a segment on Scottish Festivals which ran on NBC in New York. Throughout their career, thay have had the honor of sharing the stage with some of the most recognized names in Celtic music such as Alex Beaton, Smithfield Fair, Brian McNeill, Ed Miller, Colin Grant-Adams, Grammy nominated group The Rogues, Wicked Tinkers, Men Of Worth, and 6 time Grammy award winning group The Chieftains. Over the past nine years The Boatrights have recorded 5 CDs of Celtic music which have been featured on Folk Music Radio Programs, are carried in Celtic Music stores and are distributed by Darach Records in Pennsylvania. The Boatrights are members of Clan MacTavish and were recently awarded an honorary membership to the House of Gordon.
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