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"This is a sad old song and it runs at a fair old pace. By the time you've worked this out, I'll be on my next train"

Flee is a tale written while on the run and on tour in the North West of England.

A version of this track appears on Ben's 2005 EP love;defenestrated. After its release, Ben's newly-met fellow singer/songwriter Rich McMahon took the track and added some beautiful harmonies and percussion. The track was forgotten about until the two remembered about it over a chance meeting at a vintage fair. Ben unearthed the track and was amazed by the mix and sent it away to be mastered for release. While it was being mastered, Rich passed away unexpectedly. Here's to a shining light.

“Flee is a soft and delicious slice of near-nakedly drawn musings, that in truth is quite perfect for these sultry days. Beyond that the only thing you need know is that you ought to investigate Ben Calvert further for yourself.”
Losing Today

"The dark humour and stark honesty of Ben Calvert is paralysing, and charmingly so.”
The Fly

"Dark modern folk haunted by the shadows of Nick Drake, Bert Jansch and The Smiths"
Joe Murphy, blang!

"Love; defenestrated is a collection of beautifully crafted songs that leave you looking for more. You will instantly fall in love with Ben Calvert’s voice and music."

“Although Ben Calvert has a folk heart, it is a folk heart which has been broken on indie dancefloors.”
Indie mp3.co.uk


released July 6, 2015

Vocals and Guitar: Ben Calvert
Backing Vocals and percussion: Rich McMahon
Recorded by Richard Burke
Mixed by Rich McMahon
Mastered by Pete Maher



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Ben Calvert & The Swifts Birmingham, UK

Ben Calvert & The Swifts’ psychedelic alt-folk first saw the light of day in front of a few hundred avid ears and eyes when they played Moseley Folk Festival September 2010.

In October 2011 the band’s debut album Festive Road was released to critical acclaim.
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Track Name: Flee (Rich McMahon Mix)
This is a sad old song
But it runs at a fair old pace
By the time you've worked this out
You'll be on your next train

And what of children that are badly planned?
Upon that fateful night
I should have cum in my own hand

Fair grow the ones that know how to harm hearts
Old grow the ones that have to flee with their lives

I met another one on the bus to Preston
He was going further north
'Cause he had to feed a horse
And as he rattled on he stole my sleep from me
He made me think of you and the ones I cannot keep

Fair grow the ones that know how to harm hearts
Old grow the ones that have to flee with their lives

All's quiet in the north-west sky
All's quiet so just don't ask why I've had to flee

This is an old, old song
And it runs at a fair old pace
By the time you've worked me out
I'll be on my next train

And you'll wave me on