Ben Caplan

“…live he is one of the finest acts existing on the circuit today. A must see musical troubadour, beard and all.” ~ The AU Review

Ben Caplan is both the roar of the hurricane and the eye of the storm.

He has an uncanny ability to channel both wild abandon and quiet introspection. His songwriting pulls from many diverse influences but both his music and his lyrics regularly draw from his Jewish heritage. Often mixing biblical imagery and klezmer inflected melodies, Caplan re-appropriates ancient sounds and themes with a decidedly contemporary twist.

Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Caplan moved to Halifax for college but stayed when he discovered the city’s rich and interwoven music scene. With his band The Casual Smokers, Caplan released two acclaimed albums, In the Time of the Great Remembering (2011) and Birds with Broken Wings (2015).

The sound is rooted in Caplan’s resonant baritone voice, at times sounding like lamb’s wool, and in another moment like steel wool, supported by a wide-ranging tapestry of piano, accordion, organ, clarinet, saxophone, violin, drums, and the occasional acoustic guitar.

With his enormous beard, unruly mane, intimately booming voice and beguiling charm, Caplan brings a striking presence to the stage.

“What is extraordinary is Caplan’s ability to be at once incisive and sweet, brutal and clairvoyant, swinging from moments of tenderness and volubility to fiery bursts of dark humour, all while combining the forces of schtick, irony and narrative to propel the listener through a study of love, loss and struggle.” ~ East Coast Arts & Culture, Canada.

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TOUR INFORMATION

New album UK tour 2025

GENRE

Singer / Songwriter

LINE-UP

Band, Solo

ARTIST WEBSITE

www.bencaplan.ca

AGENT CONTACT

Mark Kelly

mark.kelly@stradamusic.com
07989946718

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