Benjamin Darvill

Born: January 4, 1967
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

His daddy didn't raise no fool, and the SON OF DAVE, Benjamin Darvill is no sucker. As a well trained and very talented musician however, he is a Dummy.

Described as the most unpredictable member of the CRASH TEST DUMMIES, during his time off Darvill has ventured into his own dimension to create O1 with SON OF DAVE, the beginning of his solo efforts. Combining finely aged blues with techno beats and everything in between, O1 is a varied and interesting listen. The first single Devil Take My Soul features a soulful R & B groove accompanied by Toronto singer/actress Dorion Davis' intoxicating voice. A video directed by Winnipeg film maker John Paizs is planned for the summer. SON OF DAVE's O1 is available on Vancouver's HUSKY RECORDS.

Darvill plays a variety of instruments on O1, which was produced in England while he was living there. There he met English singer Stephen Patman (CHAPTER HOUSE), who was Darvill's main collaborator for SON OF DAVE. Currently, Darvill is in limbo between Toronto and London, getting ready for a tour of Canada and the US in the spring.

Musically, Darvill has much expertise. For the past ten years, he has been a core member of the CRASH TEST DUMMIES playing acoustic guitar, mandolin, harmonica and all variety of percussion. With that group, he has won a Juno award, and been nominated for a Grammy. Prior to the success of the DUMMIES, he played with many bands he helped start in his hometown of Winnipeg, even jamming on stage with NEIL YOUNG at the young age of 20. Since then, Darvill has played in front of millions of people all over the world, including performing on stage in nothing but white body paint and a wreath with the MEDIEVAL BAEBES.

Watching legendary blues men like JAMES COTTON and BUDDY GUY gave Darvill his love of the blues at an early age. With SON OF DAVE, he was able to dive right into his blues roots, while incorporating everything else that tickles his fancy into the mix. It's a strange and wonderful world Ben Darvill lives in. SON OF DAVE is your perfect window seat.

Instruments Played / Skills:

1990's Alternative

Bands That Benjamin Darvill Has Played For:
Crash Test Dummies
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"Rhythm is something you either have or don't have, but when you have it, you have it all over."

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