I am taking some down time from performing right now while I write some new material and work on some exciting new projects which I will be unveiling as 2018 unfolds.
The first, which links the two, is a project to write a new song every week of the year – that’s 52 new songs! Because of the fast nature in which these are written these will be essentially be demos, but I will be making these publicly available at the end of every month via my mailing list, which I will have set up here shortly.
More news to follow, but in the meantime you can enjoy a great new video of my song, Annie, uploaded by my friends in Germany Gudi, Hans Jörg, and René put together from the Jazz and Joy Festival from last summer.
I’ve recently got back from an inspiring summer in the US where I was lucky enough to attend some great music workshops and concerts featuring artists like Janis Ian, Tom Paxton, Jon Vezna, Kathy Matthea and Tift Merritt, amongst a whole bunch of amazing people.
In the meantime, since I’ve been away, the reviews of the new album have been slowly rolling in and I found out, too, that ‘Midnight and the Wine,’ from the new record, was heralded as “superb” and added to Huey Morgan’s BBC Radio 2 Playlist for August.
Also just in are 2 print reviews from Americana UK (4/5) and Maverick Magazine (3 *):
“Very impressive. Dan is one to watch and I certainly will.”
(Nick Jarman – Americana UK)
“One of the more interesting and entertaining songwriters we have on our shores these days”
(Paul Kerr – Maverick Magazine)
Maverick is available in the shops today. The Americana UK review is copied below.
Big thanks to everybody that has spun the record, been in touch to say they’ve enjoyed it and continue to come out for shows. I have a little run of London gigs coming up next month. Be great to see friends there. I’ll be joined for at least one date by my wonderful pal and collaborator, Maria Rivington, and there may be some other special guests, too.
More news and updates to follow soon X
9 September 2017
The Betsey Trotwood w/ The Diamond Family Archive
56 Farringdon Rd, London
13 September 2017
What’s Cookin w/ Serious Sam Barrett and James the Fang
Upstairs @ Leytonstone Ex-Servicemens Club, Harvey Road, Leytonstone, London
A huge thanks to everybody who contributed to its completion – I’ve been lucky to have worked with some special people:
Guy Farrow, Barbara Bartz, Jamie Shaw, Lyle Zimmerman, Dave Nichols, Andy Dewar, Maria Rivington, Lawrie Wright, Alan Gibson, Steve Simpson, Charlie Hart, Des Horsfall, Frank Mead, Geraint Watkins, BJ Cole, James Harry Oakwood, Andrea Lepori and Greg Holme.
And thanks to Colin Bodiam for releasing it through Deep River Records, Paul Martin for the photography and Amy Sullivan-Bodiam and William Molho for their help with the design.
And lastly to Fiona Struthers, to whom this album is dedicated X
It wasn’t the easiest of records to complete, none of them have been for me, but, listening back to it whilst uploading the tracks, I feel I’ve done these songs justice and I’m excited to see them go out now into the world.
Thank you everyone for the consistent support. I’m currently in the US working on some projects here, but look forward to coming back to the UK and Europe in Autumn.
And, if you haven’t already seen the video trailer for the new album, please check it out – James Smith has done an incredible job:
Just a couple of days to go now until the release of my second album on 7/7/2017 and I’m very happy to share this fantastic promo film for it here:
The trailer was directed and conceived by my good pal, James Smith, who also produced the documentary on me, ‘Can’t Go Back’, that was released last year and is available to view through my YouTube channel.
He has, once again, done an amazing job. And a big thank you must also go to the rest of the amazing team who made this possible:
Produced by Zest Productions / Tim Maynard, DOP – Tom Hooker, Sound Design – Two Ears/ Soren Andersen, Editors James Smith and Tim Maynard, Motion Graphics – Chris Kiernan