Wendy Benefer

... by Wendy

After hearing The Beatles, early Stones, and later being inspired by Suzanne Vega, The Pretenders and Patti Smith I fell in love with the idea of playing guitar.

I have been song writing since my teenage years. Earlier bands that I have been in include, The Introverts, The Bush Doctors and Blue Fish.

After taking a break from playing in bands, I decided to start recording my songs myself and playing all the instruments.

I often work with Tom Thompson a brilliant local songwriter on the Lyrics for my music.

My third CD which I am very proud of is called ‘Snapshot’ and will be released 1st June 2010 (digital release a few weeks after). It is my best CD so far with 12 new original songs.

I have recently formed a promising new band called Snapshot, with Chris on guitar, Vince on Drums and Adi on Bass, and myself on Vocals/Guitar, we have some gigs lined up as part a small local Summer tour.

I am also currently playing live in an acoustic duo with an outstanding violin player called Mike. The feedback from our first gigs has been encouraging and I am really looking forward our dates on the Summer tour to promote the new CD.

Influences include:
The Beatles, Nirvana, The Pixies, Suzanne Vega, The Pretenders, The Bevis Frond, Squeeze, Spirit, Jimi Hendrix, Love, The Doors, REM, Stones, The Smiths, Patti Smith, The Cure, Buddy Holly, The Eels, Emily Remler, David Bowie, The Who, Elvis Costello and the Attractions, The Velvet Underground, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Jeff Buckley, Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake, 13th Floor Elevators…….plus loads more.

...by Getout

Wendy is clearly an artist who remains true to her numerous influences in producing a varied output, yet retaining her own identity. Furthermore, she's constantly out there performing with various different ensembles. Check out the samples from 'Snapshot' below or catch her live - we're certain you'll warm to the characteristic WB sound!

"I love it because, quite simply, it’s the best thing I’ve heard in ages."  Jeremy Ransome - Weekend Live

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