KEIGHLEY singer-songwriter Ben Blue Waters has a busy month thanks to organising music nights at three local venues.

Ben will himself perform foot-stomping slide-guitar blues to open the blues and roots nights in Riddlesden and Haworth as well as the acoustic night in Haworth.

First up is Ben’s regular blues and roots night at the Willow Tree pub on Ilkley Road, Riddlesden, on Saturday, October 14 at 8pm.

Headliners Steamtown are a duo from Knaresborough playing self-penned ‘Yorkshire Americana’ on banjo, guitar, harmonica and suitcase kick-drum. Jeff Whiley and Elli Brodie met at their local acoustic club and have been playing together since February 2016.

Also appearing are Sleepy Jake Segrave and Daniel Mungovin, playing ‘punk-folk’ with a traditional blues and gypsy jazz influence.

Ben said: “Jake is a young Bradford musician who is steeped in the history and lore of early country blues. He plays and sings with the dexterity and gravitas of someone three times his age. Daniel is an accomplished and empathic guitarist, who plays in Jakes band, Sleepy Jake & The Duvets.”

The blues and roots night at the Black Bull, Main Street, Haworth, on Saturday, October 21 at 8pm, will feature headliners Kiff/Miller. Jennie Kiff is well-known as the singer in Strid, while Den Miller is a renowned local songwriter and instrumentalist.

Ben said: “They will be playing some original material of Den’s as well as originals and unique arrangements of classic songs.”

Support comes from Doug Nissley, an American singer/songwriter now living in West Yorkshire following a lifetime of nomadic living.

Ben said: “His journey has taken him through the halls of rock, Southern Americana, and even through the mountains of country music and moonshine.”

An acoustic night at the Kings Arms, Haworth, on October 27 from 8pm will be a Halloween special with Black Horse Fairy and Fran Minney.

Ben said: “We’re delighted to present the infamous Dark Folk time travellers, Black Horse Fairy, playing an acoustic set. Black Horse Fairy create songs of horror, love, menace and madness, brought together by their common existence as vagabonds, hobos and outlaws.”

Fran Minney is a Leeds-based singer-songwriter who tells stories, singing of her experiences and the wild forces of emotions and nature. She brings audiences folk-pop with a soulful twist, as well as moments of raw emotion felt through alternative rock influences.