Influenced by British folk, early 90s Indie and US Psychedelia, Ben’s post-folk sound has melody, stories, and lyrics at its heart.
‘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. Folk music served up with a splash of dark psychedelia.’
**** Folk Radio UK
“The time of year has come to bear the weight of trees. And we will walk among the Christmas lights.
Can you see the people all around the square? Some move as though they walk on air, while others live upon the street.”
‘Tis the season. Here comes the constant onslaught of digital adverts on screens in the street, in our homes, on trains and in our hands. Like Gods they scream “SPEND”, and we bow down and pay. TODAY’S THE DAY: IT’S BLACK FRIDAY! A freezing human on the street begs for change, though there is none. A lone soul walks down a festively lit High Street and feels strangely low. Fat cats sit in luxurious seats of power, and they warm their hands by slowly burning the disadvantaged.
Ben Calvert’s new 3 track single Christingle takes a poetic stare into the chasm that Christmas creates between those who have and those who do not.
Influenced by Provokiev, Fleet Foxes and Radiohead, its somber arrangements and jingle bells take you on a journey through the darker side of the Festive Season. Though like most tales, there is a positive ending.
Ben Calvert’s new single She’ll Go Out Walking In The Rain was released on 1st April 2021.
This song celebrates being outdoors in the Spring, even if you do get caught in the showers!
‘The perfect soundtrack for the return of the outside days, this psychedelic folk number is written in the child-like pens of Syd Barrett and The Incredible String Band.’ Music Insider
Listen now and add to a playlist on Spotify
Weathervane EP (October 2020)
The drag of the ‘Inside Days’ has had a strange tendency to produce more uplifting art. And the Weathervane EP is one of those pieces. Recorded at home in Stafford, from March to August 2020, it sees Ben in an optimistic mood. He plays all the instruments, whether they be made of wood, or on the end of his stylus. It’s his first adventure into arranging, with Baroque strings, some Chinese instrumentation and a few bytes of electronica.
‘Life affirming’ folking.com