At the weekend we took a trip to the beach with the children and our friends. Instead of going to our local beach we drove a bit further away to my favourite in South Devon, Bantham. It’s a large cove with Burgh Island just offshore, which you can walk to when the tide is out. It’s a truly glorious place to spend a summer’s day. Why am I telling you this? Well, there was only one album I wanted to play in the car as our soundtrack to the day and that was Ben Howard’s ‘Every Kingdom‘ which was released back in late 2011. To me, this album is perfect for the summer and I’m still in love with it. Loran briefly mentioned Ben in this post. Check below for more…
Ben Howard is a local (he grew up in Totnes, just up the road from my town) whose songs are infused with the influences of the beaches, moors, woods and nature that makes up this glorious part of Devon. My favourite song, the album opener ‘Old Pine‘, starts off with the most wonderful line: ‘Hot sand on toes, cold sand in sleeping bags’. Doesn’t that immediately bring back summer memories of beaches and camping? This album was made for listening to in the great outdoors, along dirt track roads and to magical sunsets.
I was lucky enough to see Ben play live last year here in Devon and he was just amazing. The speed in which he played his guitar had me captivated and his gravely voice was perfection. (Also, if you look closely at the photo above, you can see his drummer is playing the bass guitar and drums at the same time!) If you haven’t heard him yet, watch this video for ‘Old Pine’ and fall a little in love with both his voice and the beauty of Devon:
Also, check out this wonderful live version of my second favourite song on the album, ‘The Wolves‘: