Freshman Guitars

We are delighted to announce that Bane and Ben Roe have been signed up by Freshman guitars who are now supporting Ben’s work on the trilogy. Ben is “Thrilled” with the arrangement and has chosen to use their model the; Apollo 3 DC, for the performances. Come and see Ben using it at the Pleasance theatre in Islington on the 9, 1o, & 11th of September. Below is some information about Freshman.

Having recently reached a landmark 10 year anniversary, Freshman Guitars remain one of the UK’s Top 5 Selling acoustic guitar brands.

Since our inception we have placed an unshakeable focus on providing the best quality instruments at exceptional prices. We source the finest tonewoods from across the world, offering inspirational sound across our diverse range.

Based just outside Glasgow, Scotland, we are proud of our heritage. Each of our guitars is designed in Scotland, with final production handled by our dedicated production facility in Asia, where each guitar is handmade. Before any of our guitars reach stores they will have been quality checked by our team of UK based technicians, offering luthier level experience that virtually guarantees a flawless purchase.

Currently Freshman Guitars has 6 key lines: Renegade, Maple Ridge, Songwriter Series, Apollo Collection, Cedar Creek and our Manuel Ferrino classical guitars. In addition to this we offer a select range of ukuleles and semi-acoustic guitars, as well as an accessories range that embodies all the same quality standards as our guitars.
Our research and development work with AER – Europe’s most pre-eminent amplification systems designers – means that Freshman electro-acoustic guitars are now fitted with world leading electronics.

Artists such as Ben Howard, Hudson Taylor and BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012 ‘Best Musician of the Year’ winner Tim Edey all play our guitars. We are proud to have them on board, but equally dedicated to our ‘Supporting the Best New Music’ initiative. Through this and our partnership with successful YouTube channel Tenement TV, we are able to support a part of the music community that has always, and will always, be part of our success.

Finally, all of our guitars come with a lifetime warranty – a sign of our belief in the quality of our instruments.

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Aug 21 2014


News. New News. News.

Jerks and fillies lets shake, rattle and roll – people do not say that  enough, so against the better wishes of Peru I’m opening with it. Plus, I have been reading Straight from the Fridge Dad, by Max  Decharne – a dictionary of early hipster slang, so expect these  next few lines to be jam packed full of drape shaped, low-slung,  solid sent, stripped down, hopped up and swinging like a gate, expressions. That’s right, full of irritating,  self indulgent little hipster phrases that I think makes me sound l  like I’m straight from the fridge – just remember who I really am  and we’ll get through this, retrospectively referring to it as : that  weird phase. If it comforts you, know that I had no choice, hold  onto to that. Right, I have some information that I am about to  spill onto these pages. Get ready.

We’re doing some shows in London at the Pleasance Theatre in Islington. It’s one show a night for three nights – Bane 1 then Bane 2 and then Bane 3. So cough up your dough, shake the lead outta your shorts and fade out to the Pleasance on September 9th, 10th and 11th. (Kill me).

We’ve also got a bunch of dates in the autumn and winter, have a check on the tour list to see if we’re anywhere near you in the coming months – look out Harrogate, we got two weeks with you in the lead up to Christmas and the goose is getting fat.


The Red Roester.

I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has come out to support the show this year – you guys are hip to the tip – pack, shack and stack! (Make it stop).

This year saw us head to Italy at the Circumnavigando Festival Internazionale di Teatro e Circo, thanks to Boris, Sabrina and the rest of you ding dong daddies there. As well as the fantastic Kai Loon and Seng Chew in Malaysia, Bec, Katie and the Live Nation crew in Oz, Laerte, Vitor and Fernanda in Brazil and of course the magnificent Steve Barlow in the north there too. The largest big up though must go to the tremendous Evam in India & Singapore, not only a company doing some really important and brilliant work over there, but terrific hosts that put together our tour with a passion and belief that makes me go all goo goo eyes and wolf whistles, so let’s cop a squat for now. Thanks KK, Sunil and Pavi.

Now, I’m gona hit the bricks and take a bite of the air. I may also scratch myself from the big race and pull the Dutch act. (Apologies to the Netherlands, but it’s for the best). Here’s one of me and Ben back stage in India. See you soon. j  



Dec 3 2013

Breaking news.

Breaking News

Breaking News


This isn’t breaking news. This, to most people, isn’t even news. This, by the time you’re likely to be reading this, is old news about some show(s) that you may or may have not seen – here goes:

So, to those who may be curious, Bane will be heading to Singapore, India, Italy, Brazil and Malaysia early next year, as well as some UK dates. I will be adding these to the gig list here on the website (to your immediate right), as soon as my brain will allow me to comprehend how to do that, negotiations are still ongoing (sniper teams are in place).

The fourth show is on its way and should be on its feet by summer 2014 all things being well. Early rehearsals suggest that wisdom and maturity DO NOT come with age – to the contrary. To those in New York, you’ll have to wait. It will happen at some point in 14′, 15′, but timings, venue and scheduling have been snagging. Shout me if you think you may be able to assist – to that end, we’ll be touring with the shows in the autumn of 2014, so if you’re looking to book a Bane, late 14′ early 15′, get in touch – it may be the last chance for a while.

A final note to say thanks to everyone who supported the shows this year, we’ve had a wonderful time that started with a fantastic run at the brilliant Soho Theatre, a three month adventure across the magnificent Australia, huge thanks to the Blue Rooms, (specifically Susie Day), Tuxedo Cat, Melbourne Comedy Fest and Live Nation – and to all the wonderful people that we bumped into along the way. We had a fabulous time at KL’s Kakiseni Festival, thank you also to PJ Live Arts, who took us on in Malaysia at the same time. Big thanks to the Cultura Inglesa Festival in Sao Paulo and to the CENA Festival in Rio, we’ll be saying hello again soon.

Huge thanks must also go to Will Hartley, who at the last minute, learned, rehearsed and performed Bane 2 at the end of October this year, due to a mis-scheduling masterclass by yours truly. By all accounts it was superb (must be the writing mate).

Also, to Gustavo Rodrigues who continues to tour Billdog (Portuguese Bane 1) across the country: Muito obrigado, amigo.

I shall leave you with a video filmed by the tall and splendid Vitor Meloni in Sao Paulo, all about the unprecedented four times winner of ‘Modest bachelor of the year award’, Ben ‘Say my name’ Roe. See y’all next year. Enjoy.