Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers with Clinton St. John

The Calgary Folk Music Festival presents:

Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers with Clinton St. John

Clinton St. John

Wed · March 22, 2017

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

Festival Hall

Calgary, AB

$25.00

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This event is all ages

Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers
Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers
Halifax’s Ben Caplan is many things: a charismatic charmer and smasher of pianos, a hirsute madman and an earnest poet, a strummer of delicate chords and a lover of bent and broken melodies. His range runs from rough and textured tones to a croon smoother than a glass of single malt whisky. His new, sophomore album Birds with Broken Wings is inspired partly by Eastern European and Jewish folk traditions and explodes with ancient and modern sounds. Often edgy and dark, Caplan holds up a mirror to expose our dark side, while exposing beauty and the sublime.
Clinton St. John
Clinton St. John
Multi-instrumentalist and visual artist Clinton St. John’s creative output was born out of boredom of small-town life. Formerly of The Cape May and Pale Air Singers, St. John has been referred to as Flemish Eye Records’ poet laureate; a storyteller who builds narrative landscapes and signature companion drawings and paintings. Dreamy, cinematic soundscapes are built around his surreal psych-folk songs. Delicate songs are backed by dense, sonic sculptures for a sound that strikes a fine balance between troubadour and avant-garde rock instincts.

The lyrics of his third solo full-length album The Minor Arkhana span loss and new love in hauntingly beautiful folk tales. With his signature minimalism, this sophisticated, lush album is made warm and full by vocal harmonies, the addition of Jesse Zubot’s violin, viola and mandolin, and producer/engineer/friend Chad Van Gaalen’s drums, vibraphone, cello and trumpet.
Venue Information:
Festival Hall
1215 10 Ave SE
Calgary, AB, T2G 0W6