Benjamin William Pike is a critically acclaimed acoustic roots musician from Leeds, West Yorkshire. A virtuoso guitarist, adept at playing steel string, lap slide and pedal steel, Benjamin explores folk, alt. country, blues and beyond. His debut album – ‘Being & Nothingness’ was highly praised for it’s originality and unique musicianship and became one of Folk Radio’s albums of the year in 2013.
Benjamin has played across the UK, Europe, the U.S. and Canada and has been invited to open for such luminaries as The Felice Brothers, C.W.Stoneking, Nell Bryden, Martha Tilston, The Low Anthem, Old Crow Medicine Show, Kelly Joe Phelps and ‘Cactus’ Jim Soldi (Johnny Cash’s guitarist).
The 2017 album - ‘A Burdensome Year’ has been picked again for album of the month by Folk Radio and has been featured in The Independent by legendary rock critic Andy Gill as well as receiving overwhelmingly positive reviews from national folk and roots publications including Songlines Magazine, R2 magazine and fRoots magazine.
On the strength of ‘A Burdensome Year’ Benjamin was also asked to perform live sessions for BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio London & BBC Radio Leeds.
“Absolutely amazing, just outstanding” – BBC Radio 2
“Brilliant fingerstyle guitarist” – The Independent
“The understated acoustic virtuoso” – R2 Magazine
“Folky, bluesy and fine it is too” – BBC London
“Outstanding guitarist and songwriter” – Folk Radio UK
“Brilliant, faultless guitar player” – Folk London
“Genuinely Creative and brilliantly deft” – Fatea Magazine
“Distinctive, involving, and rather inventive” – fRoots Magazine
“Immaculate fingerstyle, vocal charm and a talented performer. Up there with contemporaries like Hiss Golden Messenger” - Songlines Magazine