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BEN MARWOOD

Slow and steady wins the race.

Reading's first or second most popular folk export depending on who you count and who you talk to, Ben Marwood has spent more than a decade treading the boards of toilet venues, back rooms, front rooms, arts centres, libraries, pubs, bars, underneath cinemas, clubs, bathtubs and one Olympic stadium. Somewhere along the way everything fell into place, thanks in huge parts to support from good friends on the folk scene, from Frank Turner (who secured him a place at the Xtra Mile dinner table) through to Jim Lockey, Oxygen Thief, Chris T-T, Franz Nicolay and more.

After a string of small-label singles and compilation appearances, Marwood found critical success with 2008 mini-album This Is Not What You Had Planned (Broken Tail Records), 2011 debut full-length Outside There's A Curse (Xtra Mile) and, more recently, second album Back Down.

Slow and steady.