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New year, new album – fans raise £1,500 for Marlborough musician's recording sessions

Ben performing at Marlborough Jazz Festival 2015Ben performing at Marlborough Jazz Festival 2015Fans of Marlborough jazz and pop musician Ben Cipolla have funded the recording of his new album following a campaign on the website Kickstarter.

The seven-piece Ben Cipolla Band will be heading into the studio after 28 backers pledged a total of £1,530. Ben announced the campaign had hit its target on New Year’s Eve.

“We’ve done it, on the last day of a spectacular year,” he told fans.

The band offered a range of incentives to attract backers: fans who pledged £15 will receive a free copy of the album, while those who pledged £25 will have their album signed. Three backers who pledged more than £100 will get VIP access to a gig of their choice, while one backer pledged £500 to have the band play a private gig at their home.

The band will record the 10-song album in five consecutive days at either Toybox Studio in Bristol, or Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in Box, near Bath.

As reported by Marlborough News Online back in 2013, singer-songwriter Ben started his musical career as a 14-year-old busker. In 2012 he was spotted busking during Marlborough Jazz Festival by headliner Clare Teal, and performed with her at the festival the following year.

Since then, the young musician has also performed at the Olympic ceremony at Weymouth, and a Glastonbury 2014.

The Ben Cipolla Band were voted Best Newcomer Of The Year at Marlborough Jazz Festival 2014.

Fans can catch a solo performance by Ben at st Mary’s Church, Marlborough at 6pm on Saturday, January 9.

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