Gig Of The Week: An Evening With Danny & Ben
WHO: An Evening With Danny & Ben
WHERE: Brighton Komedia
WHEN: Wednesday, January 25
In case you’re wondering, Danny is Danny Bowes and Ben is Ben Matthews. Yep, the Thunder pair have teamed for an intimate tour that sees them playing songs and telling stories.
“It’s just Ben on guitar or piano and me on vocals,” says Bowes. “That means there are no solos or anything like that, which in turn leads to the songs being a lot shorter than they’d be if it was a band onstage.”
There are a few Thunder tracks, plus some of the duo’s favourite tunes from the likes of Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Bob Dylan. And this is all seamlessly woven into a collection of tales carefully chosen by Bowes and Matthews.
“We’ve so many stories, but what we’ve done is select ones that are both hilarious and can also be told in public! There are lot of things we could talk about which might embarrass some people, and we wouldn’t want that to happen. Over the years, a few stories have gotten out but there’s a load more.”
Bowes admits to being nervous before the first gig earlier this month.
“I’ve never been as nervous before going onstage. We just didn’t know how it would work, or go down. But it didn’t take long for me to realise it was OK. And the reaction of everyone afterwards has been very positive.
After Brighton, you can spend the Evening With Danny & Ben at:
Thu. 26: Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
Fri. 27: Liverpool Academy
Sun. 29: Milton Keynes Stables
There are no plans for any of the shows to be filmed or recorded.
“I don’t feel this would be the right thing. There are clips on YouTube, but this is all about word of mouth and should stay that way. Will we do more of these dates? That all depends on our other commitments.”