British pianist Ben Waters is returning to Penticton’s Peach Festival in 2021. (Submitted)

British pianist Ben Waters is returning to Penticton’s Peach Festival in 2021. (Submitted)

Renowned British musician ready to rock Penticton’s Peach Festival

Ben Waters has been announced as the headline performer on Aug. 7

Three years after dazzling a capacity crowd at the Penticton Peach Festival, British piano man Ben Waters is coming back with some friends this summer to do it once again.

The renowned musician, who has performed with the Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck, Chuck Berry and Ray Davies from the Kinks, will be joined by an all-star band as well as his son on Sunday, Aug. 7, to play at the beloved festival.

“I feel like Penticton is my second home,” Waters said. “I travel all the time and Penticton still gets me excited. I love the town, the people, the lakes and the food.”

With Waters leading the way on stage, Ian Jennings and Thomas Ronholm will be among those to make up the rest of the band.

Jennings, considered in the industry as one of Europe’s top double bass players, has previously recorded with Van Morrison, Tom Jones and Ronnie Wood.

According to Peach Festival organizers, a total of 20 people, including a group of fans, are travelling with Waters from England to Penticton.

Along with playing at the Peach Festival in 2019, the British musician has sold out more than 20 shows at Penticton’s Dream Cafe over the last decade.

“The icing on the cake is being booked for the incredible PeachFest,” Waters said. “Last time was one of the highlights of my life. It was such a thrill to play on that beautiful stage, with my son on sax, in one of the most beautiful places on earth.”

Waters will once again be joined on stage by his son, Tom, who was recently nominated for the Young Blues Artist of the Year Award in the U.K.

The father-son duo will close out the festival, which will feature five days full of free entertainment and attractions.

For more information on all of the upcoming festivities, click here.

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