Canadian performer touring in support of his new album, "Old Stock."
Nova Scotia’s Ben Caplan returns to the Kennett Flash on Saturday, June 16, following his performance in 2016.
In a press release from the Flash, Caplan captivated an audience of roughly 20 people.
“It wasn't the beard, which flowed down his face toward mid-chest, it wasn't the long hair up in a bun or his glasses or suit,” the release states. “It wasn't his musical partner and significant other Taryn Kawaja, who admittedly did add great depth to his performance. It was something else. It was deep in his voice, in his body, how he embodied the music he performed.”
One concert goer referred Caplan’s March 2016 performance as both "captivating and unsettling,” according to the press release. Caplan returns to The Kennett Flash, once again with a mission to transport the audience to another place and time, and confuse your insides, and promote his third studio album, which will be released just the day before.
Caplan's new album, “Old Stock,” explores themes of immigration, loss, darkness, love, sex and God. The songs were originally composed for a new musical play called Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story. The award winning play, which had its international debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, has been a smash hit and recently finished a 7-week residency Off Broadway in New York.
“Caplan's baritone voice, at times sounds like a lamb's wool blanket, and in another moment like a steel wool scouring band,” the release states. “A voice accompanied by sounds of piano, accordion, organ, clarinet, saxophone, violin, drums and the occasional guitar.”
Musical support comes from nearby Landenberg, Pa.-based singer songwriter Adam Beck, formerly of the projects Modern Exile, Old Baltimore Speedway and more.
Beck will be joined by Philadelphia area songwriter Brett Kull for this performance. Brett, of the long standing progressive rock act echolyn, has produced and engineered Beck's most recent release.