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Living Roots Music festival

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Ben Caplan To perform at the Wilmot United church Saturday May 27 at 8 PM as part of the 2nd Living roots music festival co- presented by Shivering songs.

Living roots music festival taking place at multiple venues around Fredericton May 24-27 2017 
Close to 40 touring and local acts, 8 venues 
Early bird passes available now thru March 23 for $50 
On  March 24 advanced passes will be $60 up to the festival
The weekend of the festival Passes will be $75
Passes include all performances including the Ben Caplan show.
Venues include:
The Wilmot United church
Grimross Brewing Co.
The Capital complex
The Wilsers room
The abby cafe & Gallery
Reads newsstand & cafe
The Royal barbershop
The Loch pub & grill (In the village of  Harvey)
Full lineup announcement Thursday March 23
Link for passes here:
The Living Roots Music festival is excited to present its 2nd installment.
The Idea is to have the city full of music happening at the same time in all kinds of venues including alternative spaces. 
Mixing touring acts with local performers, including some poetry. and talks.
Also trying to create more of a community bringing all genres and venues together with local businesses, to maintain a growth in the community and networking opportunities within. We do not seek out big sponsorship in hopes to elevate small local business.

2016 performers include:
The Backyard Devils, Zachary Lucky, Dylan Menzie, Roxanne Potvin 

About Ben
A charismatic charmer and a smasher of pianos. A madman and an earnest poet. A strummer of delicate chords and a lover of bent and broken melodies. Ben Caplan is not any one thing. As he releases his second album, he's already gained a following in more than a dozen countries from Australia to Europe and across North America. It's no surprise. Caplan is simply unforgettable; with his huge beard and unruly mane, he is as visually striking as he is aurally compelling. His rough and textured tones cut through crowded halls; an enormous voice, roaring louder than raucous crowds. The microphone looks almost superfluous. But looks are deceiving; once he has your attention, Caplan can croon smoother than a glass of single malt whisky, pouring beauty into a harsh world.

Inspired in part by Eastern European and Jewish folk traditions, Ben Caplan mixes older musical sensibilities with his own soul, straight from his hairy heart. Lyrically, you've not heard the like before. Often edgy and dark, Caplan holds a mirror up to show us our nasty bits, singing about the ugliness and showing us that this darkness is the root of the sublime. His new album, Birds with Broken Wings, explodes with sounds both ancient and modern, with more than 30 musicians and even more instruments, combining acoustic sounds from around the world. It's all smoothly blended by the hottest international production team around. It's uncharted territory, and Caplan's leading the way.

Living roots music festival website