'Sensational! If that song had Peter Gabriel’s name on the sleeve it would be hailed as a major return to form...deserves a lot of respect' - Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
'Really, really gorgeous songs' - Janice Long, BBC Radio 2
'Fresh and exciting' - Jeremy Vine, BBC Radio 2
Dan writes music steeped in timeless roots traditions, laced with lyrical twists that narrate modern life. Following on from his 3 EPs (The Balloon, The Bubble, The Box), his debut album is acoustic at heart, sensitively embellished with a creative band of musicians who add their distinctive sounds to Dan’s muse.
Delivered in warm, hushed tones, They Care For You opens the record with a forever love song set to a circling acoustic guitar phrase. Single release, 'My Heart Doesn’t Age (It Just Gets Older)' offers wry observations about staying young inside, with a casual spoken verse and chorus sung over a rolling rhythm and guitar figure.
Dan describes his approach to song writing: "I write in a bid for clarity. Sometimes thoughts get mixed up, or misunderstood. I believe we hold each other in the communal cradle of our actions, of our words too, and of course (the fun bit in my opinion) our expression."
Dan’s father worked in radio and his parent’s record collection ignited his passion for music as a child: "I was drawn soul singers like Wilson Pickett/Otis Redding and songwriters such as Neil Young, Beatles, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Jackson Browne and Elton John. In recent years I’ve loved Ron Sexsmith, John Grant, Eels, Anthony and Loney, Dear."
Dan has supported many established artists including Willy Mason, Joseph Arthur, Caitlin Rose, Peter Green, and Josh Ritter. In 2010, BBC TV commissioned him to compose and perform a song for the politics show Inside Out. He was also among a select group of writers chosen by Tom Robinson of BBC 6 Music to take part in a songwriting retreat funded by Notting Hill Publishing. The experience inspired him to set up his own 'songwriting circle' workshop at mac Birmingham.
By day, he delivers music workshops, co-writing with vulnerable adults, using rhythm to help accident victims regain memory loss, jam sessions, sing-a-longs and instruments customised for those with disabilities. Dan explains: "As well as sustaining myself, the work helps with my internal tug of war, between the selfish artist, all insular and self-obsessed...and the community member keen to share my passion for music and writing."
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