Son of Dave

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Son of Dave
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Benjamin Darvill as Son of Dave in 2017
Background information
Born (1967-01-04) January 4, 1967 (age 52)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
OriginLondon, United Kingdom
GenresRock, folk rock, blues
Occupation(s)Singer–songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, harmonica, mandolin, guitar, percussion
Years active1989 – present
Associated actsCrash Test Dummies
WebsiteOfficial site

Benjamin Darvill (born January 4, 1967), known by his stage name Son of Dave, is a Canadian musician and singer–songwriter, based in the United Kingdom. He was a member of Grammy award-nominated folk rock band Crash Test Dummies in which he played harmonica, mandolin, guitar and percussion before returning to his blues, Beat-Box and harmonica driven solo work in 2000.[1]

SOD was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was inspired to learn the harmonica after hearing James Cotton and Sonny Terry play at the Winnipeg Folk Festival.[2]

He moved to London, England, in 1998 and has remained there since.[3] Son of Dave has recorded six albums to date and performed over eight hundred shows across Europe, as well as performing in Canada, the United States, Australia, South Africa, Uganda, Japan, Russia, and Cuba.

Son of Dave appeared on BBC television's Later...with Jools Holland in 2005, performing the song "Hellhound" before recording the song a few years later on the album "03".

His 2003 album 02 has been described as a mix of "cotton-pickin’ blues, vocalising beat-box, hard-breathing folk, steamy funk and even modern R&B".[4]

A song from 02, "Devil Take My Soul", which features chorus vocal by Martina Topley-Bird, was featured in the Warner Bros film License to Wed, starring Robin Williams.

In 2010 the track "Shake A Bone" from the album of the same title, recorded by Steve Albini was featured on season 3 episode 11 of Breaking Bad.

In 2010, Son of Dave and his song "Revolution Town" were featured in a commercial for the search engine Bing.[5] The commercial, using a first-person perspective, shows Son of Dave using Bing and his Windows-enabled phone to travel to his own concert at the Someday Lounge in Portland, OR.

In 2016 the track "Voodoo Doll" from the album Shake A Bone was featured as the last song in the premier episode of Preacher an AMC series based on the comic book of the same title.


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  1. ^ "Benjamin Darvill". Xtreme Musician. Retrieved 10 January 2009.
  2. ^ Thomas H. Green (4 April 2008). "Son of Dave: a suitcase and a harmonica". Retrieved 10 January 2009.
  3. ^ "Son of Dave". NME. Retrieved 10 January 2009.
  4. ^ Daniel Brown (April 2007). "02". Mondomix. Retrieved 10 January 2009.
  5. ^ "Bing Mobile - Son of Dave (Extended Version)".

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