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Ben Caplan is a songwriter, performer and entertainer in the most time-honoured sense of the word. From the moment he walks onto the stage, you are filled with his infectious spirit, and captivating presence. You can feel Caplan's comfort and ease as he strides in front of the crowd and begins the controlled collective descent into chaos.

In his latest project, Ben Caplan explores themes of immigration, loss, darkness, love, sex, and God. Caplan is touring with a fresh batch of songs which were originally composed for a new musical play called Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story. The award winning play, which had it's international debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, has been a smash hit and it's next stop is a whopping 7-week residency Off Broadway in early 2018. Between performances of the play, Caplan is hitting the road to play concerts across Europe and North America with a new lineup of musicians.

The sound is rooted in Caplan's resonant baritone voice, at times sounding like a lamb's wool blanket, and in another moment like a steel wool scouring pad. Ben Caplan's voice is supported with the sounds of piano, accordion, organ, clarinet, saxophone, violin, drums, and the occasional acoustic guitar. There are rumours that a new album announcement is just around the corner. In the meantime, tickets are going on sale for the next round of international tour dates.

 

 

PRESS QUOTES

“the East coast's most ambitious folk troubadour”

Exclaim 2018: http://exclaim.ca/music/article/ben_caplan-old_stock

 

“he is a noisy treasure”

The Hamilton Spectator 2018: https://www.thespec.com/whatson-story/8348003-hamilton-s-ben-caplan-s-play-about-jewish-refugees-opens-in-new-york/

 

“contemporary folk-rock with a twist. It’s Fiddler On The Roof for 2018.”

The East 2018: http://www.theeastmag.com/2018/03/28/single-ben-caplan-announces-new-album-with-widow-bride/

 

“Caplan plays the role of oversized ringmaster to the hilt.”

The Guardian 2016: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/jan/06/ben-caplan-review-king-tuts-glasgow-casual-smokers

 

“An unforgettable character”

“Caplan croons smoother than a glass of single malt whisky.”

http://shenkmanarts.ca/en/calendar_calendrier/2017/april_avril_2017/ben_caplan_the_casual_smokers/index.htm

 

“Rugged, raspy, and roaring with charisma”

Port Hawksberry Reporter 2017: http://porthawkesburyreporter.com/ben-caplan-casual-smokers-make-granville-green-debut/

 

“this man was born to be on a stage” 2018

https://www.cambridgetimes.ca/whatson-story/8687513-kamasi-washington-shows-expansive-debut-album-was-no-fluke/

 

 

“(…) Op geraffineerde wijze geeft hij zijn muziek een fantasierijke muzikale twist die ‘geruisloos’ beweegt tussen Balkan-, folkmuziek en klezmer. (…)”

https://www.musicframes.nl/2018/07/ben-caplans-great-old-stock/#more-49465

 

 

“(…) Wie Ben Caplan ooit live aan het werk heeft gezien zal hem niet gemakkelijk meer kunnen vergeten, want zijn indrukwekkende baard en alle richtingen uitstaande haardos maken indruk, net als zijn baritonstem en zijn theatrale performances. (…)” 

https://www.rootstime.be/index.html?https://www.rootstime.be/CD%20REVIEUW/2018/JUNI1/CD58.html

 

“(…) Ben is niet alleen de zanger en muzikant op het album, hij is ook de verteller van de voorstelling. In zijn podiumpresentatie zal-ie, naar persoonlijke verwachting, goed en grappig zijn, want dat beheerst-ie, heel goed. (…)”

http://www.2metersessies.nl/2018/06/de-kilometers-van-ben-caplan-column-jan-douwe-kroeske

 

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