Valpolicella Girl

by Ben Calvert & The Swifts



‘Valpolicella Girl is a wonderful psych-folk jaunt that takes its cue from strange and off-beat touchstones informed by a collision of Syd Barrett’s quintessential English whimsy and the baroque pop of Scott Walker. Its a slightly surreal slice of summer sing along.’
Green Man Music

‘The jaunty Valpolicella Girl is a kindred carnival spirit to (The Beatles) Maxwell’s Silver Hammer’

‘A breezy number complete with a 60′s tinged melody and a trippy pop hook that’s simply irresistible. The perfect soundtrack to hazy days and heady nights’
Rhythm ‘N’ Booze


Valpolicella-Will you tell her in the afternoon?
Valpolicella, three for a tenner in the afternoon
Valpolicella, in the cellar, dust by afternoon.

Will you tell her you were riding a bike?
Or will you tell her you were on the strike?
Or will you tell her it’s all over soon?

Valpolicella Girl.


released May 14, 2012
Ben Calvert: Guitar & Vocals
Chris Sims: Lead Guitar
Simon 'Smudge' Smith: Bass Guitar and Double Bass
Findlay Mackinnon: Drums and Harmonica
Mark Hunter: Backing Vocals


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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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