Australia was treated to the rugged, raspy and roaring genius that is Ben Caplan earlier this year in Sydney and Melbourne and at Bluesfest, where he was hailed a standout performer and earned himself a bevy of adoring fans.

Bluesfest touring is thrilled to announce the return of the bearded and brilliant Ben Caplan for a series of special shows in Brisbane, Melbourne, Newcastle and performances at the Woodford Folk Festival and Sydney Festival.

Halifax (Canada)’s Ben Caplan is to folklore what smoke is to bourbon. Perfectly coupled. His song writing is bold both in range and ferocity. Fuelled by a quality of melodrama and powerful lyricism, it’s the romance and the bravery in his voice that gives Ben Caplan a truly innovative and experimental artistry. A sound that bridges the gap between controlled composition and unruly passion.

Breaking between guitar, banjo, piano, and melodica, Ben Caplan’s stage show is almost reminiscent of a burly and bearded Freddy Mercury; a raging, strong, and exploratory songwriter, it’s the blues in his soul and the heart in your chest pounding as one that makes Ben Caplan an act not to be missed. Similar to that of Tom Waits or Seasick Steve, his growling spirit and rhapsodic energy in his live show produce an elegant cacophony which is rapidly gaining him global attention.

the impressive Ben Caplan...delivered one of the most vocally accomplished performances of the festival.” – The Music (on his 2013 Bluesfest Performance)


Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane – THUR 2 JANUARY 2014

Northcote Social Club, Melbourne – FRI 3 JANUARY 2014 (03) 9489 3917

Caravan Club, Melbourne – SAT 4 JANUARY 2014 03 9012 3460

Lizottes, Newcastle – TUE 7 JANUARY 2014 02 4956 2066


TOURS ALREADY ANNOUNCED: Aaron Neville and Dr John & The Nite Trippers, Steve Earle & The Dukes and Kasey Chambers, KC and the Sunshine Band, Allen Stone, Jimmie Vaughan and Nikki Hill, Morcheeba with Chali 2Na and House of Vibe, Larry Graham and Graham Central Station, KT Tunstall, The Magic Band and Grandmothers of Invention. Visit the Bluesfest Touring website for details.