Ben Caplan – two intimate nights at Dakota Tavern
Without his “Casual Smokers” on this run, Caplan played a variety of old and new songs on his acoustic guitar and piano, while belting out his trademark rugged vocals. It was nice to see Caplan on the keys a little more, as he is a classically trained piano player among his many other talents. He definitely is a multi-instrumentalist as its best.
He played Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Dakota, between 7 and 9 p.m., and returned again when we saw him on the folowing night for his second show. a handful of people were there both nights as it would seem, and they got to witness him wear the same suit two nights in a row – it was groundhog day for those patrons.Fans that have been around since the release of In the Time of Great Remembering got to hear their favourites such as “Down by the River,” “Drift Apart,” and of course “Conduit.” He also played a few new tunes that he’s been writing that I didn’t recognize, but it’s great to hear the diversity he takes in his song writing.
After his few shows in Canada in September, the month October would see Caplan take off to Europe for a handful of shows in Ireland, before he comes back to the land of Nova Scotia he calls home in November for another show. Ben Caplan is a man who is always on the prowl – hungry for more and ready for wherever his music takes him.
Check out this photo gallery from the little lounge we call the Dakota Tavern, a fan favourite for intimate acoustic and small performances where friends go to enjoy a good pint and some good tunes.
Story by Devin Size Photos by Ftfphotography