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 25)
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.

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] whilst The Sunday Times cited Leftwich as "a serious new talent".[citation needed] The Skinny described it as "occasionally a bit O.C. soundtrack...[but] enjoyable throughout",[3] while the Sunday Express called it "lovely" but "increasingly repetitive over the course of 10 tracks".[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, but also stated "sadly there are also heavy hints of Chris Martin at his most mawkish".[6]



Album Title Album details Chart positions
Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm
  • Released: 3 July 2011
  • Label: Dirty Hit
  • Format: CD, Digital download
  • Writer: Thomas Hay ('Sophie' & 'Shine')


Album Title Album details
A Million Miles Out
In the Open


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
2011 "Box of Stones" 195 Last Smoke Before
the Snowstorm
"Atlas Hands"
2012 "Pictures"


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