2nd January 2016
I’m playing my first show in over a year on 28th January 2016 at The Roadhouse as part of Independent Venues Week. The Roadhouse is one of only two independent music venues in South Birmingham, so I’m playing the show to support this sterling venue that breathes life into the music scene. And because Tom Hingley is headlining. As the songwriter of Inspiral Carpets he’s partly to blame for my love of the 1960s that I discovered through the Indie clubnights of the 1990s.
Tickets available by clicking: Ben Calvert & The Swifts-Live Dates
Sunday 22nd June 2015
“This is a sad old song and it runs at a fair old pace. By the time you’ve worked this out, I’ll be on my next train”
Flee (Rich McMahon Mix) will be released on 6th July 2015
Flee is a tale written while on the run and on tour in the North West of England.
A version of this track appears on Ben’s 2005 EP love;defenestrated. After its release, Ben’s newly-met fellow singer/songwriter Rich McMahon took the track and added some beautiful harmonies and percussion. The track was forgotten about until the two remembered about it over a chance meeting at a vintage fair. Ben unearthed the track and was amazed by the mix and sent it away to be mastered for release. While it was being mastered, Rich took his own life. Here’s to a shining light.
“Flee is a soft and delicious slice of near-nakedly drawn musings, that in truth is quite perfect for these sultry days. Beyond that the only thing you need know is that you ought to investigate Ben Calvert further for yourself.”
“The dark humour and stark honesty of Ben Calvert is paralysing, and charmingly so.”
Listen to the full track and buy it direct from Ben at:
Ben Calvert & The Swifts at Bandcamp: Flee (Rich McMahon Mix)
“Dark modern folk haunted by the shadows of Nick Drake, Bert Jansch and The Smiths”
Joe Murphy, blang!
“Love; defenestrated is a collection of beautifully crafted songs that leave you looking for more. You will instantly fall in love with Ben Calvert’s voice and music.”
“Although Ben Calvert has a folk heart, it is a folk heart which has been broken on indie dancefloors to the sounds of blur and The Smiths.”
Ben Calvert & The Swifts cover of Bright Eyes will be released on Bohemian Jukebox on Monday 30th March 2015 through iTunes and other digital stores. The video will be premièred on the same day at MuzuTV
“With my version of Bright Eyes, the aim was to take the song out of the context of the film Watership Down to convey the true intention of the song-To present death as a mysterious, certain, and foreboding universal force. While exploring this, the song is also a poetic meditation on the force of life and the transition into death.
Easter presents a fitting time for the release.” (Ben Calvert)
Melbourne artist Sophie Demitriou, (Dark Vice), created the video to Ben’s cover.
Like a moving Rorschach test, it is an abstract and hypnotic image that is open to personal interpretation.
What will you see?
Bright Eyes was self-recorded and self-produced by Ben in his home studio and was mastered by Pete Maher.
(Paul Weller, Damien Rice, Beady Eye)
The Sea, The Sea is the new single by Ben Calvert & The Swifts. It’s a haunted, wintry tale of estrangement and loss inspired by the Iris Murdoch novel of the same name. With pared-down instrumentation of vocals and guitar, it’s a return to a brass-tacks approach for Ben where the emphasis is on the craft of the song.
Having played his last show at Union Chapel in November 2013, Ben took a year-long hiatus to write. The Sea, The Sea is the first of a series of releases planned for the next twelve months.
The single was self-recorded and self-produced by Ben in his home studio and was mastered by Pete Maher. (Paul Weller, Damien Rice, Beady Eye)
“This ghostly single makes a beautiful introduction. If you like Bon Iver, Midlake or Fleet Foxes then this was made for you.”
Available exclusively on iTunes here:
The Sea, The Sea – Single – Ben Calvert & The Swifts
Ben returns to playing live with a home town show on Saturday 20th December at Ort, Birmingham. The facebook event is here:
Buzzard Lope, Gill Sandell, Ben Calvert & The Swifts
While making experimental theatre at Dartington College of Arts, Ben picked up a guitar and started writing songs immediately. Influenced by British folk and US Psychedelia, audiences and reviewers alike have been charmed by his understated lo-fi post-folk sound that has melodic, narrative, songwriting at the core.
“Finely crafted songwriting” Metro
“Resurrects the mad ghosts of Nico and Nick Drake” Virtual Festivals
Reviews of the album Festive Road:
‘Introspective and often melancholic vocals offer the perfect picture window to redeeming an era of sound from the likes of Nick Drake. Ben’s voice has a quirky edge that is reminiscent of a male Vashti Bunyan. The orchestral sounding magic rests with his band who have a rich full sound. Folk music served up with a splash of dark psychedelia.”
**** Folk Radio UK
‘Gentle, lilting lyrics stir up echoes of Belle and Sebastian. The lo-fi production adds a charming intimacy.’
For Folk’s Sake
‘Captures gritty scenarios and balls them up into tunes of semi-surreal indie-folk.’
(Since February 28th, 2011)