Musician and comedian Mitch Benn is one of the most-requested acts on the circuit and acknowleged as one of the best writers and performers of comic songs in the country. He returns to Square Chapel arts centre, Halifax, on Saturday, June 13 with his popular touring show ‘Don’t Believe a Word’.
He is a regular writer and performer on ‘The Now Show’ for BBC Radio 4 and ‘It’s Been a Bad Week’ for Radio 2. In addition three series of his successful Radio 4 show ‘Mitch Benn’s Crimes Against Music’ have been broadcast.
On TV, he appears regularly on BBC1’s ‘The One Show’ and contributes occasional songs to Channel 4’s ‘Bremner Bird and Fortune’.
In 1995 Mitch won the Best New Comic award at Glastonbury Festival and has played there every year since. He has toured extensively abroad, performing in Hong Kong, Dubai, France, Canada, India and South Africa.
In 2003 he formed the band Mitch Benn and the Distractions with Kirsty Newton and Tash Baylis. In 2004 the band completed a successful national tour and released an album ‘Too Late to Cancel’.
Mitch Benn and the Distractions’ debut single ‘Everything Sound like Coldplay Now’ was released in 2005, ahead of the album ‘Crimes Against Music’.
The band was revived for the Edinburgh Fringe in 2007 and a live album, recorded at the gig, was released.
‘Don’t Believe a Word’ takes a satirical look at life and how an ‘evidence based approach’ to it will benefit you. Alongside this Benn analyses annoying human habits, including his own, and how we are all prone to convincing ourselves that something is true even if it is proved otherwise.
Future shows at Square Chapel include Jaleo Flamenco, with an exciting fusion of dance and guitar-playing on Sunday, June 14, at 7.30pm and folk song writer Chris Wood with his vivid and arresting show ‘None the Wiser’ on Thursday, June 18 at 8pm.
For more information and to book visit website www.squarechapel.co.uk or call the box office on 01422 349422.