Ben Farmer

Squeeze box and small strums

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Experienced exceptional accordionist, multi-instrumentalist and sound engineer available for session work in any style. 13 years experience teaching Music Technology.

I'm an experienced session accordionist and particularly specialise in diatonic button accordion or 'melodeon' on which I have a popular music degree from LIPA. I can play in a variety of styles from Irish to Israeli, English to Eastern Europe, Musical Theatre to Musette, Cajun to Cumbia.

Also available to play Jazz, Klezmer, Scandinavian etc Piano Accordion where preferred.

A very well respected ukulele player and mandolinist too, many of my recordings have been very well received in traditional, folk, world and popular music settings. Other instruments include Bass, Jarana, Melodica, Piano, Octave Mandolin, Penny Whistle and a wide variety of hand percussion.

Wide variety of effects pedals available to augment the sound of your chosen instrument.

Composition ideas happily considered too.

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Interview with Ben Farmer

  1. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  2. A: Most commonly I provide accordion tracks for projects, either playing pads, or complex melodies that are unaccessible to less experienced players.

  3. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  4. A: I love all styles of accordion music. There are too many other musicians to list here. I play a lot of classical and jazz ukulele at the moment.

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. A: My studio is in the office in my house. I have a microphone permanently setup so I can get work done quickly and efficiently.

  7. Q: What's your typical work process?

  8. A: I will spend some time learning to play not just the notes, but getting the feel of the piece right before recording. Often I will record the two hands of the accordion separately so the client can mix as they please.

  9. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  10. A: Musicality

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: A good ear and a good sense of musicality

  13. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  14. A: Traditional and folk is my main background, but I've played on punk tracks (with effects), pop songs, blues, ska and more. I enjoy the variety.

  15. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  16. A: Don't focus on the gear. Focus on the music and the meaning behind it.

  17. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  18. A: Anyone and everyone, because I love variety and new challenges.

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

  20. A: My own - a mixture of all the music I like to play.

  21. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  22. A: I left school at 19 and immediately started touring with bands and working as an MD in professional theatres.

  23. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  24. A: Good headphones, a reliable laptop (and solar charger?), two nice mics and a crate of instruments.

  25. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  26. A: Be pleasant, but don't hold back on telling me exactly what you need or need changing.

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Gear Highlights
  • Neuman; AKG; Beyer; ElectroVoice; Shure microphones
  • ART and Eventide preamps
  • Edirol and Alesis interfaces
  • Soundcraft mixing desk
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