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If you miss Ben Caplan while he’s in town this week, there’s a good chance you’ll have missed the best acoustic show of the year. The man’s performances are as fierce as his beard. In fact, his beard is more tame than his passionate and passionately delivered songs. There are very few men who can sound so full and satisfying standing bare on a stage with just an acoustic. Don’t miss these big, bold, bluesy songs about a man, his woman, and his search for a place in the world.

Full Time Production’s Facebook page for the shows kind of nailed it: “Rugged, raspy, and roaring with charisma. Halifax’s Ben Caplan is to folklore, what smoke is to bourbon. Perfectly coupled. Ben’s songwriting is bold in both range and ferocity. Fuelled by a quality of melodrama and powerful lyricism, the romance and bravery in his voice gives Caplan a truly innovative and experimental artistry. A sound that bridges the gap between controlled composition and unruly passion. Caplan has marked his place in the Canadian music landscape with a growling spirit similar to that of Tom Waits.”

Catch him at the Ship Thursday or Saturday night.

But enough words, with a musician this good, it’s the music that does the talking. Just, wait these songs out. They build and build and build.