Canadian folk songwriter Ben Caplan is gleefully carnival-esque and soulfully peculiar, possessed of a sonorous voice which climbs above the lips of a suave and bouncing piano to charm and arouse. Currently on a packed European tour with his band The Casual Smokers, Ben Caplan will arrive at Newcastle’s Cluny on Tuesday 15th November.
Currently touring new album Birds With Broken Wings, his charismatic eloquence and debonair appearance endear you to him immediately. Stirring sensual lyrics and the pitch and toss of a circus band/old school soul and rhythm outfit hybrid make for an engaging fusion of music. Their sound is awash with investigative double bass lines, plush velvet drumming, soaring or sneaking violins and stories intoxicated by the meandering lilt of Caplan’s voice.
Caplan’s lyrics demonstrate that he’s an archetypal romantic, so be prepared to have your heart torn out and shoved back to you in all its infinite beauty before the night is out.