Ben Caplan in Belgium and France this weekend12-09-2012
He's having an amazing tour so far already, but it's still going on! This weekend the young bearded Canadian will head to Belgium and France for a couple of shows. Ben Caplan & The Casuals Smokers can be seen at the following dates:
14-09-2012: Moorslede (BE) @ De Nodige Deugd
15-09-2012: Gerardmer (FR) @ Le Grattoir
16-09-2012: Tavigny (BE) @ La Truite de Argent
Rugged, raspy, and roaring with charisma, Halifax’s Ben Caplan is to folklore what smoke is to bourbon. Perfectly coupled. Ben’s songwriting is as bold in range as it is in ferocity. Fuelled by a quality of melodrama and powerful lyricism, it’s the romance and the manhood crashing with his voice that gives Caplan a truly innovative and experimental artistry. A sound that bridges the gap between controlled composition and unruly passion.
The music of Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers is diverse, ranging from poetic ballads to frenetic gypsy anthems, but even when the band delivers the roughest of bar room stomps, there is a surprising depth and musicianship to the songs. Expressive percussion, upright bass, violin, sax, clarinet, flute, and terrific use of call and response sing-along choruses all help Caplan & The Casual Smokers stand out from the masses influenced by the same sounds.