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Ben Caplan & the Casual Smokers

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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 striking 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.

Ben Caplan first toured outside of Nova Scotia in January of 2011, and In one short year, Caplan has marked his place on the international music landscape with a voice like no other. With The Casual Smokers supporting him, Ben fleshes songs out with original arrangements of gypsy-inspired strings, sultry clarinet, upright bass, and expressive percussion. Breaking between guitar, banjo, piano, and melodica, Caplan’s high energy stage show invokes the spirit of Freddy Mercury and has been taking audiences by storm internationally.

Ben has shared stages with world class artists like Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors, and Hey Rosetta!, and has been hand picked to perform at music festivals around the world including The Great Escape (UK), Reeperbahn (DE), South by Southwest (US), Evolve (CA), Canadian Music Week, and more. In 2011 alone Ben spent six months on the road, self produced and released a critically acclaimed debut album, garnered vast media attention, and toured extensively throughout Europe. As the sun rises on 2012, Ben has nine more months of Canadian and international touring booked and has begun work on a follow up album. This is an artist you don't want to miss!

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