Ben Caplan

Tavern

Ben Caplan

Harrow Fair, Istvan Medgyesi

Thu ยท January 11, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is all ages

Ben Caplan
Ben Caplan
A charismatic charmer and a smasher of pianos. A madman and an earnest poet. A strummer of delicate chords and a lover of bent and broken melodies. Ben Caplan is not any one thing. As he releases his second album, he's already gained a following in more than a dozen countries from Australia to Europe and across North America. It's no surprise. Caplan is simply unforgettable; with his huge beard and unruly mane, he is as visually striking as he is aurally compelling. His rough and textured tones cut through crowded halls; an enormous voice, roaring louder than raucous crowds. The microphone looks almost superfluous. But looks are deceiving; once he has your attention, Caplan can croon smoother than a glass of single malt whisky, pouring beauty into a harsh world.

Inspired in part by Eastern European and Jewish folk traditions, Ben Caplan mixes older musical sensibilities with his own soul, straight from his hairy heart. Lyrically, you've not heard the like before. Often edgy and dark, Caplan holds a mirror up to show us our nasty bits, singing about the ugliness and showing us that this darkness is the root of the sublime. His latest album release, Birds with Broken Wings, explodes with sounds both ancient and modern, with more than 30 musicians and even more instruments, combining acoustic sounds from around the world. It was listed on CBC Radio's 50 Best Canadian Albums of 2015, reached #1 on Earshot's National Folk/Roots/Blues chart, and was accepted into the Baker & Taylor NPR Discover Songs library. It's all smoothly blended by the hottest international production team around. It's uncharted territory, and Caplan's leading the way.
Harrow Fair
Harrow Fair
HARROW FAIR IS MIRANDA MULHOLLAND & ANDREW PENNER. ONE PART STOMPING SONGS THAT ECHO EARLY COUNTRY AND ROCK N ROLL. THE OTHER GRITTY BALLADS THAT SOUND SWEET AND HAUNTED. THIS DUO'S EVOCATIVE AND RAPIDLY EXPANDING COLLECTION OF SONGS ARE UTTERLY FOREIGN, ODDLY FAMILIAR AND DEEPLY GRATIFYING. DEBUT FULL-LENGTH ALBUM "CALL TO ARMS" IS OUT NOW.
Istvan Medgyesi
Istvan Medgyesi
Istvan Medgyesi is a working musician in Cleveland, Ohio. He plays somewhere between the dark heart of song in the tradition of the 1970's greats and the experimental urges of the seriously avant-garde. His work is urgent and immediate. One gets the sense that he's living the songs as much as playing them.

Performing on various acoustic and electronic instruments, listeners can hear the echoes of an array of musical traditions intertwined with modal explorations and occasional forays into noise and drone. From raga based acoustic compositions to random voltage generated melodies, the focus is on the unifying factors of sound and style.
Venue Information:
Beachland Tavern
15711 Waterloo
Cleveland, OH, 44110