Benjamin Francis Leftwich

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Benjamin Francis Leftwich
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Performing at Jersey Live in 2011.
Background information
Born (1989-09-04) 4 September 1989 (age 27)
Origin York, England
Genres Indie, Acoustic, Folk
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments vocals, guitar, piano
Years active 2006–present
Labels Dirty Hit

Benjamin Francis Leftwich (born 4 September 1989) is an English singer-songwriter from York. Leftwich released his first album 'Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm' in 2011 which peaked at #35 on the UK charts. In February 2016 he announced his next album 'After the Rain' on his Facebook page, released on 19 August 2016.

Early life[edit]

Leftwich began playing at the age of ten and grew up listening to The Rolling Stones and Nina Simone; later discovering Nick Drake, Bob Dylan, and Elliott Smith. He cites Arcade Fire, Ryan Adams, and Bruce Springsteen as inspirations.[1]


Leftwich was educated at Hempland Primary School, and then at Bootham School.

Life and career[edit]

Leftwich's debut album, the Ian Grimble-produced Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm, was released in July 2011. The Fly called it "a majestic debut"[2] The Skinny,[3] while the Sunday Express called it "lovely".[4] Hazel Sheffield, writing in The Guardian, gave it a 3/5 rating,[5] as did David Pollock, writing for The Scotsman, who drew comparisons to Damien Rice and José González.[6] Leftwich's "Shine" was named Spotify's most addictive track of 2014,[7] the most repeat-played song of the year. In 2015, Benjamin Francis Leftwich co-wrote "Grow" with British artist Frances which featured in the Amazon UK TV advert.[8]



Title Details Chart positions
Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm 35
After the Rain
  • Released: 19 August 2016
  • Label: Dirty Hit
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download


Title Details
A Million Miles Out
  • Released: 24 October 2010
  • Label: Dirty Hit
  • Format: Digital download
  • Released: 6 March 2011
  • Label: Dirty Hit
  • Format: Digital download
In the Open
  • Released: 19 October 2012
  • Label: Dirty Hit
  • Format: Digital download


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
2011 "Box of Stones" 195 Last Smoke Before
the Snowstorm
"Atlas Hands"
2012 "Pictures"
2016 "Tilikum" After the Rain
2016 "Mayflies" After the Rain
2016 "Summer" After the Rain
2016 "Groves" After the Rain


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