Tuesday 2 October 2012 at 8:00pm
The Neptune Theatre
1303 NE 45th St., Seattle, WA 98105, United States
Before launching his career as an acoustic singer/songwriter, Ben Howard grew up in South Devon, England, where his motherʼs collection of folk records helped instill a love for Joni Mitchell, Donovan, and Richie Havens. Howard also developed an interest in surfing, catching his first wave at the age of 11 and heading to the beach whenever he wasnʼt busy writing music in the folksy style of his influences. While pursuing a journalism degree years later, he briefly moved to Newquay, the surf capital of the U.K., where he received class credit for working at a surfing magazine. Howard dropped out of school six months shy of graduation, though, convinced by the surf communityʼs enthusiastic response to his music -- which, despite its acoustic folk sound and beachy vibe, sounded more like John Martyn than Jack Johnson -- that he should ditch the newsroom and focus on songwriting.