Coffee House Sessions has become a hub on Tuesday afternoons, with students sipping pints and eating as they watch the hottest upcoming talent. This week saw Benedict Cork take to the stage at our very own Dylan’s.
Benedict Cork is originally from Hertfordshire, but is currently living between London and Stockholm. He moved to London at just 18 where he developed his music, song writing skills and played in bands. After turning 24 in 2017, he fled London, his band, his manager and his partner, for Stockholm. Even when his whole world was flipped, he found that in Stockholm he fell in love with making music again and has worked alongside some of the most talented artists and songwriters, including Adam Lambert and Adam Argyle. He has also had a few stints on tour (this isn’t his first rodeo!) supporting MØ and AlunaGeorge.
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Benedict first apologised for being late; he had rented a camper van to get him around the UK during his tour and it wouldn’t go faster than 45mph. And even that is a little generous. Honestly, with that smile, no one could not forgive him. He then took to the keyboard, a signature for him, playing one of his tracks from his EP, Ghost. It gave a sense of what come – effortless vocals with note-perfect accompaniment. Everyone was hooked.
He then called for the audience to think of cover suggestions – a brave thing to do in a large room of people – while he played Down For Forever. This original again showed off his raw talent with only his keyboard for company. All eyes were on him, including the cameras of Nerve TV who were filming for their Coffee House Session series.
Whispers then ran through the crowd of artist names and songs. Cher was whispered from the table next to me, but instead he chose to perform Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers, which went down so smoothly. Then he surprised us with a cover from the one and only; Cher. His cover of Believe features on his Piano Tapes EP, and coverts the track from an auto-tuned dance track to a shiver-inducing acoustic piece that will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day. I know it’s still stuck in mine.
Finally, he played my personal favourite. Wildfire is a piece that completely consumes you within the powerful chorus. It’s also one of those songs that would make you feel like you’re in a film if you were walking down the street or looking out of a train window. He then told the audience that he felt really award about having a whole box of drinks coasters with his name on, and if anyone wanted one to come get one. Because going to ask an artist if you can have a drinks coaster of their face isn’t awkward at all.
Just when we thought it was all over, Nerve TV encouraged an encore as they needed more footage, so we were treated to a cover of New Rules by Dua Lipa, a cover which he posted he messed up at his Coffee House Session at Royal Holloway University the day before. However, he nailed it word for word, note for note.
Follow @benedictcork on Instagram to follow him on his adventures as he tours, including many stories of why perhaps you shouldn’t rent a vintage camper van when you have to be places on time. Also catch his music here:
Don’t miss Coffee House Sessions next week at 3pm in Dylan’s with Louis Centioini.