Mild-mannered Reading solo artist Ben Marwood has really grown into his role of witty troubadour since picking up a guitar and hauling himself onto the road in 2004. In 2011 he released his début album proper, Outside There's A Curse, on Xtra Mile. After plenty more touring, including an excellent set at 2000Trees, playing with Frank at the Olympics and on tour support in the US, as well as his own shows, Ben released second album, Back Down. Pop music for the bitter but trying, Ben's songwriting now treads familiar tracks with wry and sparkling boots, and a tongue that could get him into trouble if he wasn't so damn likable. Unassuming yet intelligent and dedicated, Ben has augmented the over-burdened folk-inspired UK touring circuit, each lilting melody punctuated with a snappy line to match. He thoroughly deserves his place accompanying, and complementing, the likes of Billy Bragg, Jim Lockey, Franz Nicolay and Chris T-T.