Ben Gallaher Gives Back On Seventh Annual Barbed Tour

Ben Gallaher launched his 2017 Barbed Tour this week. The Pennsylvania native has spent the past seven years performing for inmates at correctional institutions in his home state. Gallaher will perform tunes from his five-song, self-titled debut Sony Music Nashville EP, which was produced by Julian King and Jim Catino, and released in August.

“I started touring Pennsylvania State Prisons in 2011 when I was 19 after a friend who worked at SCI Camp Hill reached out to see if I’d consider performing there,” said Gallaher. “I jumped at the opportunity, even though I’d never been to a prison before. After that first solo acoustic performance, it just spread from one state prison to another. I titled it the Barbed Tour and each year I love going back to play behind bars. It’s such an unscripted experience. Music is so universal. It doesn’t matter where; whether you are in a bar, in a church, or in a prison, music has a powerful effect.”

Barbed Tour Dates:
Monday, Dec. 11 – Frackville
Tuesday, Dec. 12 – Fayette
Thursday, Dec. 14 – Camp Hill
Friday, Dec. 15 – Graterford
Tuesday, Dec. 19 – Retreat
Wednesday, Dec. 20 – Chester


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