Ben Beveridge

Ben Beveridge

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Ben Beveridge is a two-time Saskatchewan Grand Champion Fiddle Player. Ben's performance of country, folk, bluegrass, western swing, classic country, cowboy and old time fiddle music is sure to entertain everyone. Go to www.sandrockranch.ca for more details.

Biography

“...one of Canada's most talented Western musicians.”
- Hugh McLennan, Spirit of the West
(from Canadian Cowboy Country Magazine)

“...plays with a stirring gentleness.”
- Drew McAdam
Edinburgh Evening News, Edinburgh Scotland

“...liquid licks.”
- Craig Learmont, Muzikhaus

"…the velvety voice of Ben Beveridge is a balm to the thirsty ear."
- Marianne Bindig

"...insightfully gifted music, and plays for the heart."
- Victor Lethbridge, Tatanka Recording Studios

“…music flows from this man with the imperative of water finding gravity. There’s no containing it. And it flows with the clarity of the freshest spring.”
- Barry Weiss

“…an easy, natural dexterity, and sophisticated musical talent.”
- Steven Ross Smith
(from the book Celebrating Saskatchewan Artists)
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Composer / Arranger / Producer / Singer / Songwriter / Musician / Engineer / Manager

Accomplished freelance studio and stage musician

Multi-instrumentalist

Classical training at University of Saskatchewan

Two time Saskatchewan Grand Fiddling Champion

Perennial invitational competitor at the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championships

Toured extensively across North America & UK

Inaugural recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Celebration of the Arts Pin, in recognition of a significant contribution to the arts in Saskatchewan
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BEN BEVERIDGE has been acclaimed as one of the best fiddlers to emerge from Saskatchewan’s talent laden musical community. His performances feature an inspired variety few other artists can match.

Traditional country, old time, bluegrass, swing, cowboy, celtic... even classical, jazz and alternative influences are evident.

Ben has twice been named the Saskatchewan Grand Champion Fiddle Player, is a perennial competitor at the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Championship, and in 2005 was an inaugural recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Celebration of the Arts Pin, in recognition of a significant contribution to the arts in Saskatchewan.

Ben has been playing in bands since he was thirteen. A classically trained musician, he has played with a wide variety of groups. Obviously his peers recognize his great talent. In addition to his stage work, Ben’s skill as a studio musician is widely regarded and has been utilized by many other recording artists. In 1994 he recorded his first album “Serves Me Right”, he released the album “the Parlour Sessions” in 2005, and is currently at work on several new albums.

His virtuosity on the violin is well known… but Ben also plays the guitar, bass, mandolin, cuatro and percussion as well as writing and arranging music. After being featured in the spotlight with appearances far and wide such as Canada’s Cowboy Festival, “Billy Bob’s” club in Texas, the SCMA Award Show, Saskatoon’s All-Star Pro Rodeo, CBC’s Stuart McLean at the Vinyl Café, Cowboys Heroes and Friends, and the CCMA Awards, Ben continues to work with some of the best performers in the business.

Over the past few years Ben has been privileged to tour with artists such as David Wilkie & Cowboy Celtic, Tammy Gislason, Ben Crane, Maria Danvers and many more. He has also appeared on the newest recordings of these and others including Jake Peters, Jim Reader, and Mike Burns.

Combine strong vocal stylings on his original compositions as well as his ability to deliver outstanding harmony vocals, terrific instrumentation and the experience this young man has gained and you will truly see, “one of Canada’s finest acoustic musicians.”
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www.sandrockranch.ca
www.benbeveridge.ca

Lyrics

You Are The One

Written By: Ben Beveridge

You are the one I want for all time
You are the one I love
Hold me until the light goes out of my eyes

You are the one who will always be true
You are the one I love
Hold me until the light goes out my eyes

Every memory I make will be with you
Every breath, every beat of my heart

I am the one who will always be true
I am the one you love
I'll hold you until the light goes out of my eyes

I am the one you want for all time
I am the one you love
I'll hold you until the light goes out of your eyes

Turn Away Still Dreaming

Written By: Ben Beveridge / Marianne Bindig

In this country
When a hawk is on the rise
And roses slice the evening sky,
We wander
Kidnapped by surprise
And view the plains through a lover’s eyes

We turn away still dreaming
On feet that smell of grass
And crush beneath us as we go
A million stars that bloom and burst on life
Fashioned from glass

A distant whistle
Makes the air and us stand still,
Metal’s breath recedes behind the hills;
We are alone
On this soft sea of wheat
And evening’s sun casts shadows on our feet.

We turn away still dreaming
On feet that smell of grass
And crush beneath us as we go
A million stars that bloom and burst on life

Time bends us back and shows a distant light
See the stars and it’s the same sweet night
Fashioned from glass

I Believed In You

Written By: Ben Beveridge

Fairytale time
Everyone said I
Lived in my own world
Watership Down and
Alice in Wonderland
Fell down a rabbit hole

But now I believe in something when it's real
So I don’t know why
But I believed in you

Shadows are fallin'
And I hear you callin' me
But you're so fare away
All the Kings horses
And all the Kings men couldn’t
Set this broken heart to mend

And now I believe in something when it's real
So I don’t know why
But I believed in you

If You Lived Here

Written By: Ben Beveridge

I make my dollar by driving these lonely white lines
But tonight I saw something that stays in my mind
A sign by the roadside said just ten more miles
It didn't say what or where I was going

After five more the next one said just five more miles
'til you get where you're going
When I got there I drove by a weathered old sign
It said if you lived here, you'd be home

She was standing in the doorway when I pulled in the drive
My bags were all packed there and waiting
When I looked up and saw her a tear fell from her eye
She said if you lived here, you'd be home

If you had a place to call your own
If you didn't waste all the seeds we've sown
If I'd just wait ever on and on
If you lived here, you'd be home

Saint Peter at the gates of heaven he waits
For sinners, forgiven and found
When I got there he said son, it's the end of the line
If you lived here, you'd be home

If you had a place to call your own
If you didn't waste all those years now gone
If I'd just wait ever on and on
If you lived here, you'd be home

Falling In Love Again

Written By: Ben Beveridge

It was springtime, the first time I fell in love
With a girl who smiled and caught my eye
I knew she was the one
By summer I had lost her, but I was still in love
I guess I was wrong she proved it, gone
I spent the next month lying in bed

I tried a new line the next time I fell in love
I found a girl who tried to change my mind
I knew she was the one
As it turned out, she turned me out, but I was still in love
I guess I was wrong for her, she's gone
I was alone again

And here I go falling in love again
Forgetting all the times that I've been broken hearted wishing that I was dead
And it seems likely this time ain't no different
But here I go, falling in love again

This time was the last time I fell in love
From the very start when she found my heart
I knew she was the one
After so long, all these years gone, I am still in love
I guess I was wrong because all along
I was waiting for just the right one

Every day I'm falling in love again
I don't remember ever being broken hearted wishing that I was dead
And I know that this time it's all different
Here I go falling in love again

Discography

The Parlour Sessions
2005
CD
Live Album - Vocal and Instrumental

Serves Me Right
1994
LP
Instrumental - Fiddle

The Parlour Sessions saw regular airplay on CBC Radio from 2005-2007 and infrequent spins through 2010 on CBC Radio and independent stations in Canada.

Numerous single online releases and original bootlegs.

Session musician on more than 100 records in the last ten years.

Set List

Sets can range from 30 minutes to 3 hours, concert or dance setting. All instrumental or all with vocal, original and cover. Can be tailored to any event either completely focused, or a mixture of; western swing, old time, traditional, cowboy, country, folk, celtic, bluegrass, and more.

Current tour Set List w/Maria Danvers:

Outbound Plane
That Song (original)
If It Had To Be A Colour (original)
How Blue
Stars Go Blue
Someday Soon
Only Friend (original)
Weatherman (original)
I (original)
Dancing On Glass (original)
Fiddle Medley (original / traditional)
San Antonio Rose
A Fool Such As I
Shame On You
Girl I Left Behind Me
When She's Gone (original)
Maple Sugar
Cowboy
The Galaxy Song
If You Lived Here (original)
Rhiannon's Tears (original)
Falling In Love Again (original)
It Ain't Me Babe
Rollin' On
You Are The One (original)
All I Want Is You
Baby Don't Go
Chel's Bells
Fiddle Medley (original / traditional)
Tennessee Flat Top Box
Dream