Ben Caplan (far right) and The Casual Smokers

PORT HAWKESBURY: Rugged, raspy, and roaring with charisma, Halifax’s Ben Caplan is to folklore what smoke is to bourbon; perfectly coupled.

Caplan’s songwriting is as bold in range as it is in ferocity. Fuelled by a quality of melodrama and powerful lyricism, it’s the romance and the manhood crashing with his voice that gives Caplan a truly innovative and experimental artistry.

He offers a sound that bridges the gap between controlled composition and unruly passion. Breaking between guitar, banjo, piano, and melodica, Caplan’s stage show is almost reminiscent of a burly and bearded Freddy Mercury; a raging, strong, and exploratory songwriter, it’s the blues in his soul and the heart pounding in his chest that make Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers an unmissable act.

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Presented by Exxon Mobil, this week’s opening act is Cape Breton Celtic/Folk band, Villages.

Villages

Each concert begins at 7 p.m. and concertgoers are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for comfort. In case of inclement weather, the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre will be used.

Granville Green is a free outdoor concert series, overlooking the Strait of Canso, produced by the Town of Port Hawkesbury. Other Granville Green Concert Series sponsors include: TD Bank; Port Hawkesbury Paper; Nova Scotia Power; Destination Cape Breton; the Province of Nova Scotia; Canadian Heritage; Maritime Inns; SoundSource; Atlantic Lottery; KitchenFest; K & A Electric; The Reporter; and 101.5 The Hawk.