Ben Travers grew up in southwest London and fled to distant parts as soon as possible. He has travelled and played in Australia, Latin America, eastern Europe, France, Spain and Italy.
A self-taught musician, in the Eighties he finally sought professional help at Dartington College of Arts in Devon. Here, as a guitar performance undergraduate, he studied with the legendary acoustic guitarist John Renbourn.
He has arranged and composed several pieces of his own. Otherwise his repertoire owes much to his travels in South America, to jazz and bossa nova. Apart from Renbourn, he lists Bert Jansch, John Scofield, John Martyn and Carlos Barbosa Lima as his favourite players.
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (MacColl/Jansch )/Banish Misfortune (trad/Thompson)
The Wedding/Cherry (Ibrahim/Travers/Renbourn)
Three Full Bags (trad/Travers)/Sheebeg Sheemore (O'Carolan)
After You (Travers)
This Time (Klugh)
One Note Samba (Jobim)
Little Niles (Weston/Renbourn)
Martin has been delighted to play on several occasions at the Ealing Guitar Society since leaving The London College of Music in 1979.
He has been involved in many musical projects, including classical trios, folk quartets and Latin jazz bands.
He has worked in several West End theatre productions most notably Zorro at the Garrick Theatre playing the music of the Gypsy Kings.
For this recital he has gone back to his classical upbringing and has assembled some of his very favourite pieces!
Handel - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
( arr. David Buckingham)
Libertango – Piazzolla
Sonata K.380 - D. Scarlatti
( arr. David Russell )
Preludio Op.5 No.1 - Barrios
Fugue BWV 1001 - Bach
Zapateado - Sainz de la Maza
Fandango - Rodrigo
Bate-Coxa - Pereira
La Vida Breve - De Falla