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Ben’s odd socks are good luck charm

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By Joseph Gartly
Annan and Eskdale
Ben's odd socks are good luck charm

ODD socks are helping Gretna musician Ben Stubbs get noticed on the music scene.

The 18-year-old released a five song record (EP) last Friday, titled Odd Socks, on several music outlets including Spotify and I-Tunes.
And he hopes that a music label will spot his talent and sign him up.
Ben named the EP after his habit of wearing odd socks to gigs and said: “Every gig I used to play, I would wear odd socks because I think odd socks are good luck.”
It features a range of songs from pop to slow love songs, which he believes would be ideal as a first dance for weddings.
Explaining how it came about, Ben said: “I’ve been uploading videos to Facebook of myself playing songs since I was about 13.
“It wasn’t for any purpose, it was more of a hobby and after posting them for three years I decided to start a page on Facebook that people could like and follow and I could upload information about upcoming gigs and other news.”
At the start of the year he uploaded a cover of Coldplay song “Everglow”. It was spotted by Glasgow producer Josh Rhys Owen, who has worked with the likes of Danny from McFly and most recently Ryan Lawrie from the X Factor. He got in touch and asked Ben if he’d like to record an EP.
Pleased with the result, the teen said: “It is now on Spotify, I tunes, Apple Music, Amazon and other various websites.”
And he returned to his former school, Annan Academy, last week to premiere the EP, accompanied on drums by DNG Media reporter Joseph Gartly.
Ben said: “Due to the music consisting of quite a lot of drums I asked my friend Joseph to accompany me for the gig.
“I was on acoustic guitar and Joseph was on drums.
“It was the first time I had played just myself and a drummer.
“The gig went really well and I feel like the songs came across well too.”


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