22-8-2020

Setting the Big Man free

This song is my tribute to friend, musical legend and mentor Chris Wilson who died last year. I recorded it pretty much the day he left us but have been sitting on it for long enough now. Its the last track on my new record Letters of Gold. Old WPAM comrade Michael Turner made this gorgeous clip. In fact there is a lot of WPAM energy in this (my old band of the 80s & 90s). Chris loved us and we loved him. RIP Willo you legend. 

 

7-8-2020

More shows in view

Have just done a couple of strange 1,5 metre shows. This post gig shot tells that story. A half-full room is suddenly the new full room. We played 2 sets to 2 different paying audiences last Sunday evening at the Blue Room Sessions in Den Bosch. Its good to be back out doing shows but if feels odd and, frankly, very fragile - as if it could fall apart again any minute. I hope it dont. We have a couple of fine shows planned though; the Walk the Line Festival at Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht, Grounds in Rotterdam, a great Pop-Up show in Wageningen. Check the SHOWS tab for details. Meanwhile I kinda like the post gig shennanigens I get up to with Madelief van Vlijmen (coolest bass player) and Stefan Wolfs (coolest geetahs) captured here very nicely. We had fun. More please!

 

6-26-2020

Crawling back

As restrictions lift and strange little social distancing gigs begin to loom on the horizon I find myself feeling a mixture of indifference and trepidation. Ive done 1 or 2 social distancing shows, as well as a couple of online streaming gigs - they were cool I suppose but they also felt a bit like 2% milk, and reminded me of how great it actually is to play to a properly filled room to real flesh and blood people. I miss that. The trepidation comes from the thought that this could go on for a long time yet. The challenge is to adjust to this new reality. Im doing the best I can under the circumstances - everyone is. In the meantime, I count myself among the lucky souls who hasnt yet lost anybody (touch wood!) and who lives in a country where people actually have space in their blessed and privelidged lives to even contemplate music, art etc let alone create it. You gotta stop and think about that sometimes. It put things into perspective. In the meantime, here is a cool little video of a song of mine with footage of my daughter growing up in these times

 

 

6-12-2020

C-19 demolished my album tour but there's always an upside

In March before Covid hit I was looking at a great run of shows in the Netherlands, bookings were coming in for Germany and the UK too. Australian dates were lining up easy-peasy in July/August -  it was coming together like a dream. Believe me, you dont get that happening so easily too many times in your music career if you work on the fringes of the bizz like I do. It all looked so good. Then BOOM! The whole lot came crashing down with the virus. It was a lot to let go of. Still is. And of course, you try to make it feel better by saying stuff to yourself like "oh well there are people worse off than me". That kind of helps but it doesnt change the reality of 18 months work down the drain. I decided back then not to delay the release because of Covid - fuck that! Im glad I didnt - it was a decsion that has led to some great reviews, and now things are opening up ever so tentatively, some great new show opportunities as well. It has also given me space to re-orient somewhat to the ever-expanding digital context that is consuming all of us whether we like it or not, and that I have been resisting like the plague. All the energy I had for taking this show out on the road needed a target. STORY SONGTIME WITH DAN has relieved me of some of the frustrated creative pressure Ive been feeling building up inside me. These kind press review quotes have helped too

"warmth, wit, unaffected integrity.....an instant classic"  Rhythms Magazine/Australia

"one of the most beautiful albums so far this year" GuitarPlayer Magazine/The Netherlands

"brilliantly floating quality music....best 2020 spring release" Blaskan/Sweden

"Letters of Gold; 8 classic songs of gold...." Rootstime/Belgium

 

 

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