About Ben


Ben Tousley is that rare breed of singer-songwriter who brings together the personal, spiritual and political in concerts that engage and delight his audiences. A veteran of the Boston folk community, Ben has toured widely since 1981 along the East Coast, in the Midwest and South and in England and Ireland–from folk clubs such as the legendary Passim in Cambridge to benefits for organizations such as Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity, festivals such as Boston’s First Night and the Lawrence, MA Bread and Roses Labor Festival to hundreds of churches, colleges, schools and libraries. He was the recipient of the Boston Beyond War award “for communicating a clear vision of our richly diverse human family through music.”

“I respect the work of Ben Tousley tremendously”

Pete Seeger

Ben’s six albums of original songs on the Whole World Music label include wry storytelling, lyrical love songs, incisive political commentary and stirring anthems. His first LP, Standing There With You, was named one of the top ten folk albums of 1987 by WPRB Radio in Princeton, NJ. Now Ben has joined with his longtime musical partner Sue Kranz in bringing out their debut duo album, Take Heart (see Store/Recordings)

“Ben Tousley’s music is full of heart. His beautiful voice, warm and genuine presence, and thoughtful songwriting, make his concerts a rare treat.”

— Jody Kessler, Ecovillage Concert Series, Ithaca, NY

In addition to his musical offerings, Ben conducts workshops, small groups and retreats around the themes of life stories and bereavement. He has served as a chaplain to college students and hospice patients and since 1994, has been an adjunct faculty member of Springfield (MA) College.