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The creative love child of

Dale Caldwell and Ben Fink,

Close to Forever is a 7 piece band featuring some of Australia’s most acclaimed & talented musicians.


A searing and moving listen, a beautiful and haunting mix of rich vocal harmony and luscious arrangements.

Debut Album


Purchase or stream on Bandcamp now.




Saturday 14th September


Presented by Fusion Boutique

Close to Forever are very excited to announce our first gig with the full band in the Blue Mountains on Saturday14th September. Featuring Dale Caldwell on vocals
, Ben Fink guitars and vocals
, Peter Hollo on cello
, Sam Golding on horns
, Chris Abrahams on piano and Danny Heifetz on drums, we will of course be playing our original works, plus cherry picked material from master song crafters, including new pieces.  Over the past year or so we have been expanding into a more improvisational approach on stage with our songs and we are looking forward to sharing this with a new audience.

Our CD  Hearts and Desire and other merch will be available for purchase. Springtime in the mountains is always spectacular and we can't wait to play at the Baroque Room!

For this performance we will once again have special guest artist Brendan Cook from Picturedrift curating live visuals, interacting with the music as it happens. Brendan, who is one of Australia’s best Motion Designers and Animation Directors, created Close to Forever’s first ever video for their single Hearts and Desire using Dale Caldwell’s beautiful artworks. 

Booking is strongly suggested!!

 Stay tuned for further gig announcements for Newcastle later in 2024.


“Hearts and Desire is a creative beacon amongst the mire. I listen to it every day. Beautifully crafted in every way. Every note has purpose and verve."

- Konrad Ball

“Has an openness and innocence that took me back to folk records of the 60s, and the early encounters between folk and rock. Lovely stuff!”

- Lloyd Swanton

"Every once in a while you get invited to a very special evening and Sunday night at the Red Rattler was one!

Close to Forever were so good each song was followed by almost total silence. No one wanted to break the sonic spell by clapping first"

- Geoffrey Datson

"Creating dramatic soundscapes grand and intimate, Close to Forever play their beautiful original works plus a select mix of handcrafted interpretations of works from writers as diverse as Tim Buckley, PJ Harvey, Nina Simone and traditional Armenian laments. From their humble beginnings doing duo performances at Absolute Soirée on Bondi Rd, to sell out concerts with the full band at Venue 505 and Camelot Lounge, Close to Forever have always had the ability to transport everyone in the room to an elevated hypnotic state of bliss."


Dale Caldwell  vocals

(Martenitsa ensemble and founding member of singing and drumming band Voices from the Vacant Lot)

Ben Fink  guitar/vocals

(The Whitlams, Lior, Christa Hughes and Voices from the Vacant Lot)

Chris Abrahams  piano

(the Necks, the Benders, Melanie Oxley and many others)

Danny Heifetz  drums

(Mr Bungle, Link Wray, Secret Chiefs, Old Man River)

Sam Golding  horns

(Mara Big Band, Sousaphonics, Tango Saloon)

Peter Hollo  cello

(Tangents, FourPlay and raven)

Phillippa Murphy-Haste clarinet viola

(Microfiche, Sirens Big Band)


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