Benjamin Akira Tallamy is a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter from Devon. He is also an experienced actor, writer and fimmaker.
He has worked with artists such as Jim Causley, Martin Carthy and Jackie Oates. In 2012 he opened The Imagined Village‘s Bending the Dark UK tour by singing a duet with Eliza Carthy on Cold Haily Rainy Night. Primarily a guitarist and flautist, Ben has also appeared on recordings playing violin, ukulele, mandolin and clarinet. He currently fronts indie band Catherine And The Owl and folk-trio The Demagogues.
Ben has written for film and theatre, most recently being commissioned by Four of Swords to write their Wellcome Trust funded show ‘Doctor Dracula’. His short film All that Remains was nominated for best film at the English Riviera International Film Festival, and he has worked on a number of other film projects, most notably as 1st Assistant Director on the BBC Calling The Shots commision The Free, and Hell’s Bells, which was commissioned as part of the BFI’s Creative England iShorts.
Ben has composed music for film and theatre, most recently receiving a nomination for best short film score at Southampton International Film Festival for his work on Portent.
He has over 15 years’ experience working in live theatre, particularly in non-traditional locations, and has performed in and written for a number of projects in the Westcountry with companies such as Four of Swords, Common Players, Pocketwatch Theatre, and Wandering Tiger.
In 2019 production completed on All That Remains, a short film set entirely at sea. It is currently avalable to watch online under the ‘films’ tab, as well as his most recent short film A Campfire Tale.
He is currently at work on an Arts Council funded videogame, and his second solo album The Peasant’s Songbook will release in spring 2021.