Combining timeless melodies with a contemporary folk-rock twist, singer-songwriter Ben Caplan explores the immigrant experience with profound understanding and wry humour on his latest album, Old Stock.
Adapted from the acclaimed music-theatre piece Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story, Caplan weaves a captivating concept album that reflects on modern issues from immigration to religion to sexuality through his darkly funny and urgently heartfelt songs. The album’s feel is rooted in the folk singer’s resonant baritone voice, supported with the sounds of piano, accordion, organ, clarinet, saxophone, violin, drums, and the occasional banjo and acoustic guitar.
Caplan has been hitting the road to play concerts across Europe, Australia, and North America with a new lineup of musicians. From the moment he walks onto the stage, you are filled with his infectious spirit, and captivating presence. You can feel his comfort and ease as he strides in front of the crowd and begins the controlled collective descent into chaos.