Stephen James Bennett
Stephen (James) Bennett (Known as Stephen Bennett) is an English musician, writer and film maker born in Skelmersdale, Lancashire. He plays various keyboards, drums and the guitar. He first came to public attention in the band LaHost in the 1980s as part of the New wave of progressive rock who had headlined at the Marquee Club in London.
Since the Lahost split, Bennett has pursued music careers with his own band The Fire Thieves, and worked with Tim Bowness and the band Henry Fool. He also sang and played keyboards on two of The Opium Cartel albums. He plays keyboards in No-Man with Steven Wilson and Tim Bowness.
His 2014 collaboration with Tim Bowness, Abandoned Dancehall Dreams reached number 18 in the UK Rock Chart. A co-composed track from the album, Smiler at 50, was nominated for a Prog magazine award in 2014.
Bennett has co-composed the majority of the songs on Tim Bowness' 2017 album, Lost in the Ghost light as well as playing keyboards, guitar, editing, recording and preparing material for mixing by Steven Wilson. The album and it's companion EP , Songs from the Ghost Light both charted in the UK in 2017. Lost In The Ghost Light reached No.5 in the official UK Rock chart, No.8 in the official UK progressive chart and won "Album Cover of the Year" at the 2017 Progressive Music Awards.In 2018, Bennett played on the new album by Twelfth Night's Clive Mitten, The Age of Insanity.
Bennett has also collaborated with Lady Sara Rönneke, David Torn, Hugh Hopper and David Picking. He has made music videos for Tim Bowness and Peter Chilvers and No-Man and has completed one narrative short film, The Perfect Number.
He has written about Apple's Logic Pro Digital Audio Workstation software for Sound on Sound, amongst others, as well as several books on music technology for PC-Publishing. He writes for Audiomedia, Tape-op, Pro sound news and Electronic sound magazines.
- LaHost 'Erotic Antiques' (UGUM MSI 1992)
- The Fire Thieves 'Slow dancing in the big city' (Chaos 1991)
- The Fire Thieves 'Sweet' (Chaos 1993)
- The Fire Thieves 'Clarity' (Chaos 1997)
- SplatterCell (David Torn) 'Remiksis Ah' (CellDivide 200)
- henry fool 'henry fool'(K-Scope 2001)
- henry fool 'Pills in the Afternoon' (Piotr Kosinski compilation 2002)
- No-Man Together We're Stranger(Snapper 2003) – Video of 'Things I want to tell you' included on the 5:1 re-release, 2007
- Rhinoceros 'Tiny Ghosts' (Burning Shed 2003)
- Tim Bowness 'My Hotel Year' (One Little Indian 2004)
- No-Man Schoolyard Ghosts(K-Scope 2008)
- The Fire Thieves 'Back to Stereo' (Chaos 2009)
- No-Man Love and Endings (K-Scope 2011)
- Henry Fool Men Singing(K-Scope 2014)
- The Opium Cartel Night Blooms (Termo Records 2009)
- The Opium Cartel Ardor (Termo Records 2014)
- Tim Bowness Abandoned Dancehall Dreams (Inside Out Music 2015)
- Tim Bowness Stupid Things That Mean The World (Inside Out Music 2016)
- Tim Bowness Lost in the Ghost Light (Inside Out Music 2017)
- Tim Bowness Songs from the Ghost Light (Burning shed 2017) No. 39 highest position in the Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50 and No. 20 in the Official Rock and metal Album charts August 2018
- Kelman, John (17 June 2014). "Tim Bowness: Abandoned Dancehall Dreams". All About Jazz. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
- "Tim Bowness: Stupid Things That Mean the World". PopMatters. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
- "Marillion, Anathema, Steve Hackett among Progressive Music Award winners". teamrock.com. 14 September 2017. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
- "Henry Fool – Henry Fool BACKGROUND MAGAZINE Review". backgroundmagazine.nl. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
- Jazz, All About. "No-Man: Together We're Stranger". allaboutjazz.com. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
- "No-Man – Schoolyard Ghosts – Daily Info". Daily Info. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
- ♫ Back to Stereo – The Fire Thieves. Listen @cdbaby, retrieved 30 December 2016
- "StarsDie.com Review – Love and Endings". starsdie.com. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
- "REVIEW – Henry Fool: 'Men Singing' album, 2013 ("the friendly grapple between wide-eyed fluency and beady, quizzical interference")". Misfit City. 13 March 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
- "DPRP : CD & DVD REVIEWS". dprp.net. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
- SeaOfTranquility.org, Greg Stewart, Webmaster/Developer,. "Review: "The Opium Cartel: Ardor" – Sea of Tranquility – The Web Destination for Progressive Music!". seaoftranquility.org. Retrieved 30 December 2016.