The Barbary Merchants
Ben Andrews is a songwriter and guitarist who draws from a variety of genres including blues, rock, jazz, and swing. Performing original material with the Barbary Merchants, a band made up an ever-shifting roster of n’er do wells and cut throats, Andrews crafts a sound is described by one longtime collaborator as “Celto-Bop” – a mix of Scots-Irish, rock, Django Reinhardt’s electric years, Charlie Christian era Be-Bop and a Sea Shanty. The Barbary Merchants will feature John Cole on drums and Marty Ballou on bass for PVDFest 2018.
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