Ben Farmer

Photograph by Ewan MacPherson

“Ben is a highly talented & versatile accordion, melodeon, keyboard, bass and ukelele-ist, music teacher and workshop leader”

…who’s been playing folk music professionally since the age of 14 and appeared in the BBC Radio 2 Young Tradition award finals at 17 years old.

Following his early success, performing at festivals and events across the UK and Europe, Ben worked in a wide variety of settings as MD for musical theatre, session musician, recording artist, sound engineer and primary and secondary music specialist amongst others. He has a degree (on melodeon and accordions), in Popular Music from the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts and is currently working towards a PHd in Musicology.

“Formidable squeezing”

Lancaster Jazz Festival 2014

Ben currently plays and calls dances with funky folk band “Price of My Pig”, Irish band “Hole in the Hedge” the “Lancaster Klezmer Trio”, “Tsvey”, Ewan MacPherson’s “Fetch” as well as playing piano and accordion for French Pop/World band “Gobledegook”.

He leads weekly folk workshops for More Music in Morecambe, regularly leads workshops on various instruments for Folkus, Folk Arts North West and teaches on the Secondary Music PGCE for the University of Cumbria. Find out more at