BIO

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 had its international debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it won top festival honours, and has been a smash hit. The play has toured internationally including a seven-week run Off Broadway where it picked up a New York Times Critic's Pick, and six Drama Desk Award nominations, among other accolades. 

Between performances of the play, Caplan has been hitting the road to play concerts across Europe, Australia, and North America with a new lineup of musicians. The music from his theatre production has been turned into Caplan's third studio album, titled Old Stock. The sound is rooted in Caplan's resonant baritone voice, supported with the sounds of piano, accordion, organ, clarinet, saxophone, violin, drums, and the occasional banjo and acoustic guitar. 

 

 

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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