The Leafy Underground

by Ben Calvert

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Hours Fall 03:10
The Drowning 02:24
Jack Jones 03:13
Starlight 01:42
No Lullaby 02:10
Last Orders 02:17


My autumnal debut was recorded in the home studio of Bentley Rhythm Ace Mike Stokes, The Royal Academy of Music, and St Marys Church, Moseley. Mainly in Mike's studio though, with frequent breaks from the fug of smoke, sounds and games of Dinky Bomb to The Hare & Hounds to listen to mixes on their speakers.

“The songs Ben Calvert has recorded for this album are as strong as those on Nick Drake’s debut. (The Leafy Underground) would have fitted perfectly with the John Martyn albums and folk/jazz hybrid Island was fond of in that era. Calvert has a winning way with a melody. ‘Starlight’ is 1 minute 42 seconds of perfection”
Malcolm Carter, Penny Black Music

"A strange Syd Barrett/Roy Harper hybrid is Ben Calvert. Lovely, melodic, melancholia. This is music and words for the disenchanted and is as good as a big bag of really good things."
Get Rhythm

"Images of autumn gardens and all things quintessentially old fashioned England tumble into the head. Ides of March Sounds what you might image English spirituals to sound like if such things existed"
Mike Davies,


released October 14, 2003


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Ben Calvert & The Swifts Birmingham, UK

Influenced by British folk, early 90s Indie and US Psychedelia, Ben’s post-folk sound has melody, stories, and lyrics at its heart.

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