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TALL CHILDREN

Saturday

Tall Children is actually one man: Ben Hughes. He is a virtuoso guitarist. He has a strong instinct for contemporary pop. He also has a vision for what puts fans in a collective frenzy: knowing fun.

Ben believes we are all Tall Children: trying to reconcile the duality that while being childlike enables us to be creative and uninhibited, equally if we refuse to grow up we won’t take responsibility for our roles in the deepening mess of life.

He picked up a guitar at the tender age of 5. By 13 he was being taught by legends Tommy Emmanuel and Martin Taylor. He studied at Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts and has since played at every opportunity both as a solo artist and alongside Tommy Emmanuel, Mick Fleetwood blues band, Dave McCabe and Zutons, Mel C, Nitin Sawhney, Brent Mason, Albert Lee with Hogan’s Heroes, Gaps, Salford Jets, Paulo Nutini. He’s even played ‘Yesterday’ with Paul McCartney. After initial sessions with Hugh Worskett (Birdy, Michael Kiwanuka), Ben has been in the studio with Rich Turvey (Blossoms, Cabbage) producing a series of pop singles.

He signed a two single deal with i-Global Music, as a worldwide priority for CD Baby – launching ‘Song For You’ with a New Music Friday spot on Spotify, homepage takeovers on Akazoo and M2M and consistent support from BBC Introducing. That same song remains play-listed on influential LA radio station Power 102. He has just released two remixes of ‘Song For You’ with new grime king Ceemax & Josh Hunter. In fact he recently played with Ceemax at Wigan Stadium in front of 8,000 rugby league fans. Separately, Ben co-wrote a track ‘Finally’ with EDM Artist Kova (Duo-tone) which was awarded best of the week by Apple Music and charted at number 7 in the Upfront Music Week charts.

He has shot with Photographer Mark Surridge (Ed Sheeran, Stormzy), signed global representation with key entertainment lawyer Ken Hertz after a solo show at the Morroco in LA, played a sold-out show at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, been writing with Clean Cut Kid, BBC Introducing star Zu Zu & Kurran Karbal.

Meantime, he is a part time professor at Liverpool’s Media Academy, he paints and sells watercolour artworks and is also a model for ELM. Ben is a One Man Industry for all Tall Children out there.