YORK singer-songwriter Benjamin Francis Leftwich will precede his York Minster concert on March 29 with an acoustic in-store performance at the Forty Five Vinyl Café in Micklegate on March 15.

Whereas the Minster will be his biggest ever home-city show, the café has a capacity of 50 for his intimate 7pm gig, which coincides with that day's release of Ben's third album, Gratitude, on the Dirty Hit label.

Forty Five will be the first of five such evening and afternoon shows, the others following in London, where Benjamin now lives, Bristol, Southampton and Portsmouth. Tickets for his Forty Five set are on sale at benjaminfrancisleftwich.com/.

This week Ben has shared the video of album track The Mess We Make, a song that exemplifies his decision to bring more electronic elements into play and follows in the footsteps of the singles Gratitude and Look Ma!, the album's opening two tracks.

The track listing is completed by Sometimes; Big Fish; Tell Me You Started To Pray; Luzern; I Got You; Real Friends; Blue Dress; Miracle Sister; Roisin and The Mess We Make. The video can be viewed at youtube.com/watch?v=NFyty4v30gU.

Ben will be touring Britain, Ireland and Europe through March, April and May, including another church setting, the Church of St John the Evangelist, Oxford, on April 10 and one with a church name, London's Union Chapel, the next night.

The York Minster Nave will be the only Yorkshire location among Leftwich's 18-date March and April tour of Britain and Ireland. Tickets cost £15 in person from The Crescent community venue, off Blossom Street, York, and Earworm Records, in Powells Yard, Goodramgate, York, Jumbo Records and the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds, or online at thecrescentyork.com and seetickets.com/event/benjamin-francis-leftwich/york-minster/1288073. Alternatively, pay £18 on the door.