“Introspective and often melancholic vocals offer a window to 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. Folk music served up with a splash of dark psychedelia.”
(Folk Radio UK on Ben’s LP Festive Road)
While studying experimental theatre at Dartington College of Arts, Ben took inspiration from the stage into creating strong, narrative led, lyrical songs. Ben is a prolific artist with a string of releases under his belt, including many with the legendary cult UK indie label Bearos.
His new EP is called Inside Outside.
Dropping in time for Halloween, the EP has a spooked atmosphere. Lyrically, it focusses on mysticism, religious figures, icons and symbols, and the moments when the spirit escapes the trappings of the human body.
On his tour dates and festival appearances over the last twelve years Ben has supported the likes of Hannah Peel, Erland & The Carnival, Smoke Fairies, St Etienne, The Divine Comedy and Jeffrey Lewis.
The release of his debut EP the state of travel heralded airplay from John Peel and his songs have had regular BBC airplay ever since, most recently on Janice Long’s show on BBC Radio Wales.
Inside Outside will be launched with a show at The Old Electric community theatre, Blackpool on Friday 7th October. Buy tickets direct from: The Old Electric.
“Calvert has a winning way with a melody.’
Malcolm Carter, Penny Black Music
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