Arts Club gig for Ben Caplan and the Smokers tomorrow
7 years ago
Following two packed out showcases at The Great Escape Festival and a brilliant live performance on Dermot O’Leary’s Saturday Sessions (BBC R2) this weekend, Ben Caplan and his stripped back band of Casual Smokers will play Arts Club Liverpool tomorrow night, Thursday May 26th.
A relentless travelling troubadour, Ben’s tours his unrivalled mix of earthy poetic ballads, frenetic gypsy-folk-rock, whiskey-fuelled Bar room stomps and thrilling storytelling all over the world. He has won and been nominated for many awards and his last two album releases gained rave press reviews in North America and the UK. His live shows continue to mesmerise and delight music lovers worldwide, gaining him an ever-growing army of fans from Australia to Europe and across North America.
Rugged, raspy and roaring with charisma, Ben is a captivating, eccentric performer with a striking exterior of unkempt hair, wild beard and thick glasses. His songwriting is as bold in range as it is in ferocity, his potent lyricism dances between controlled composition and unruly passion. Ben Caplan’s live shows are a spectacle which stays with you long after the lights go out…
In Ben’s own words: “It’s such a joy to be back touring in the UK. My music has now had me touring in 20 countries around the world, but the UK was my first international tour destination outside of Canada and it remains a favourite. The response here grows warmer each time. Our last gig in London back in January was a packed sell out and that response seems to have spread to the rest of the country. After this past Saturday’s session on BBC2 with Dermot O’Leary, we have seen that there is a more than enthusiastic audience across the UK for our breed of growly outsider-folk.”
See Ben perform his popular new song ‘40 Days and 40 Nights’ above.
Ben Caplan’s albums ‘In the Time of the Great Remembering’ (2013) and ‘Birds with Broken Wings (2016)’ are available from his website www.bencaplan.ca
Ben will return to these shores towards the end of the year. Full details TBA.