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Ben Caplan to play Ort Cafe Birmingham

November 13, 2015 in News

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 new album, 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’s all smoothly blended by the hottest international production team around. It’s uncharted territory, and Caplan’s leading the way.

Ben Caplan Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter 

BEN CAPLAN PLAYS ORT CAFE BIRMINGHAM ON WEDNESDAY 6TH JANUARY 2016. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

Listen to ‘Birds With Broken Wings’ below:

Watch: Frances – ‘Let It Out’

October 13, 2015 in News

As emerging British songstress Frances prepares to release her Let It Out EP on 16th October she’s released a set of visuals for the title track.

Directed by Jon White, the clip finds Frances performing ‘Let It Out’ on a piano in an empty room. While clearly minimalistic, it’s the perfect companion for the emotional track.

Following in the footsteps of such iconic female singers as Carole King and Laura Marling, this second EP arrives as Frances earlier this year proved to be one to watch with the release of her breathtaking debut EP Grow on Communion Records.

Frances Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter 

FRANCES PLAYS CAFE ORT BIRMINGHAM ON TUES 20TH OCTOBER 2015, WITH SUPPORT FROM MAHALIA. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Watch the video for ‘Let It Out’ below:

WATCH: Frances – BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge

September 15, 2015 in News

Frances was in the Live Lounge yesterday where she performed her single ‘Grow’ and a gorgeous cover of Justin Bieber’s ‘What Do You Mean?’. You can watch the full BBC session here.

Hailing from Newbury, songwriter Frances released her debut EP Grow on Communion Records July 10th. A haunting and emotive affair, the EP showcases the power of the 21-year old songstress’ soul-laden voice, as well as her innate skill for crafting songs that have the ability to be at once both intimate and powerful. Following in the footsteps of such iconic female singers as Carole King and Laura Marling, Frances is one to keep an eye on for 2015.

Her latest EP Let It Out will be released on Oct 16th and you can pre-order it here.

Frances Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter 

FRANCES PLAYS CAFE ORT ON TUESDAY 20TH OCTOBER 2015. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

Watch the video for ‘Let It Out’ below:

Introducing: Frances

September 9, 2015 in News

Hailing from Newbury, songwriter Frances released her debut EP Grow on Communion Records July 10th.

A haunting and emotive affair, the EP showcases the power of the 21-year old songstress’ soul-laden voice, as well as her innate skill for crafting songs that have the ability to be at once both intimate and powerful. Following in the footsteps of such iconic female singers as Carole King and Laura Marling, Frances is one to keep an eye on for 2015.

Her latest EP Let It Out will be released on Oct 16th and you can pre-order it here.

Frances Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter 

FRANCES PLAYS CAFE ORT BIRMINGHAM ON TUESDAY 20TH OCTOBER 2015. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

Watch the video for ‘Let It Out’ below: