'Benjamin has certainly put himself up there with the best...' - Blues Matters Magazine
...stripped back melodic guitar and a voice that is strong and warm curling around the lyrics that have something to say.” - Bluesdoodles
Forged in an old pit village outside of Mansfield, singer-songwriter Benjamin Bassford is a dynamic artist that can be found rambling between both an acoustic solo sound, to leading a band fueled with a grit and distortion, doused and nuanced in; Blues, Roots, Folk and Country.
Benjamin's style of performance can be compared, in some respects to his influences. However, while tipping his hat to the influences from which his sound has grown, Benjamin brings his own cards to the table.
Half Deaf Clatch:
Eleven Time British Blues Award Finalist:
2013 - Original Song (I'm No Superman)
2014 - Emerging Artist, Acoustic Act and Songwriter of the Year
2015 - Acoustic Act, Songwriter, Original Song (Deathly Blue) and Album of the Year (The Blues Continuum)
2016 – Acoustic Act, Songwriter and Album of the Year (The Life and Death of A.J Rail)
Currently Finalist in the UK Blues Awards 2018:
Acoustic Act of the Year
Blues Songwriter of the Year
Innovation in Blues in the UK
Most played artist on UK Independent Blues Radio 2014 & 2015 (IBBA Charts)
Drawing from his obsession with pre-war country blues, Half Deaf Clatch (aka Andrew McLatchie) has been impressing audiences all over the UK for the last seven years with his raw down-home blues sound and his original song writing. Described as a Slide Stomp Blues Machine he has been nominated in the finals of the British Blues Awards eleven times, and three times in the finals of the UK Blues Awards 2018.
Not one to rest on his laurels or shy away from a challenge, in 2017 Half Deaf Clatch pushed at the boundaries of traditional Blues when he released Crow Soul, a two-song ‘Gothic Blues concept album’ to wide-spread critical acclaim.
Half Deaf Clatch has graced the stages of most of the UK's top Blues events and festivals over the past seven years including; Hebeden Bridge, Colne, Maryport, Broadstairs Blues Bash, Shetland and Orkney Blues Festivals – and has played on the daytime line-up of BluesFest at the O2 Arena in London on two separate occasions. More stories