Benjamin Akira Tallamy

Benjamin Akira Tallamy (Born April 6th 1984) is a British writer and musician.

Growing up in the sleepy county of Devon, Ben left school at fifteen, notoriously truant throughout much of his education. Exposed at a young age to an abundance of music and literature, Ben was primarily self-educated – encouraged by his loving parents and grandmother to pursue writing.

His first major works were screenplays, but in 2006 Ben completed his first set of novels – The Cold Highways trilogy.

Shortly after their completion, Ben began to focus on his music again – appearing as a founding member of groups such as; The mutineers, The pyrates and Catherine and the owl.

In 2008 Catherine and the owl released a debut EP ‘I’, which was well-received by local press. This was followed up in 2010 with a second EP ‘By your hand I am spared’ – for which Ben also produced the artwork.

His debut solo album ‘The melody of distaste’ was released in 2011, following a humorous Christmas single ‘Christmas is a sham – elegy for Aled Jones.’ Ben played over nine different instruments on the album, multi-tracking them in live overdubs.

He has played with many acts, supporting artists such as Jim Causley, Wojtek Godzisz of Symposium as well bands such as Enon and Ill Ease. More recently Ben also played with The Imagined Village, singing a duet with Eliza Carthy as well playing alongside Martin Carthy and Jackie Oates.

He is currently nearing completion of a second novel, as well as over-seeing the post-production of a feature length comedy, which he co-wrote with his childhood friend Tom Hutchings. Shields of justice will be released later this year.

Connected mandy members:

Graham Sessions
Track: To you, we surrender
Role: Ensemble
James Cotter
James Cotter
Track: Nettles and Roses
Role: Picnic Date