I’m very excited to announce that Incidents and Accidents is to be released on March 16th! There will also be a big tour to support it so it’s all rather exciting. The full press release and tour list is below:
TOUR DATES – MARCH/APRIL
01/03 – Twickfolk, London
04/03 – Dorking Folk Club
05/03 – Unicorn Theatre, Abingdon
06-07/03 – Moonbeams March Weekend, Driffield, Yorkshire
08/03 – Folk On The Moor, Plymouth
11/03 – Housmans, Church Stretton
13/03 – Woodman Folk Club, Kingswinsford, West Midlands
14/03 – Great Broughton Village Hall, North Yorkshire (with Alistair Anderson)
17/03 – Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford
18/03 – Llantrisant Folk Club, Wales
19/03 – Ritz Acoustic Club, Burnham on Sea (with Christi Andropolis)
20/03 – Anvil Theatre, Basingstoke
21/03 – Melting Pot, Redruth
25/03 – Faversham Folk Club
27/03 – Hales Club, Market Drayton
28/03 – Falcon Hotel, Bromyard
31/03 – Hoy At Anchor Folk Club, Westcliff-on-Sea
04/04 – Maddermarket Studio Theatre, Norwich
07/04 – Green Note, London
11/04 – Kingsdown Wine Vaults, Bristol
12/04 – Nailsea Folk Club, Somerset
15/04 – Byre Theatre, St Andrews
16/04 – University Kings Hall, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
18/04 – St Boswells Live,Scotland
INCIDENTS AND ACCIDENTS TO BE RELEASED 16TH MARCH – PRESS RELEASE
INCIDENTS & ACCIDENTS is the highly anticipated follow up to Dan Walsh’s critically acclaimed SAME BUT DIFFERENT album release. On the new album we get to hear Dan in a more stripped back format with just a few guest appearances from Patsy Reid (fiddle), Nic Zuppardi (mandolin), Mark Hutchinson (percussion/vocals) and Canadian singer Meaghan Blanchard. The album was also produced by Mark Hutchinson at his Rooksmere Studios, known for producing albums by Blair Dunlop, Fabian Holland and of course Walsh & Pound. There are seven songs and four instrumentals. The song lyrics are a major focus on this album but there is still plenty of Dan’s signature fast and furious banjo playing to keep the fans happy. Of the livelier songs Time To Stay tells of Dan’s mixed emotions of moving back to his home town of Stafford after six years living in Newcastle upon Tyne along with the bluegrass inspired Lost Rambler, showing his love of the mountain music minor tunings. Of the slower songs, the contemplative Dancing In The Wind and The Song Always Stays are perfect examples, the former telling of a moving moment on a family holiday in Ireland and the latter relates to Dan and Nic Zuppardi’s experience of playing a gig to Scottish singer Glen Mason in a Surrey care home and rekindling his love of singing and performing in his twilight years. Dan originally started playing banjo due to his love of Scottish and Irish jigs and reels and the aptly named The Tune Set contains four tunes from a slow air building right up to a fast and furious reel with names inspired from touring from the Isle of Barra to New Zealand. To complete the musical world tour, Whiplash Reel displays Dan’s new found passion for Indian classical music.
Time To Stay
Stafford will always be my home, especially my local, and it’s cropped up on a few songs now. This one’s about the mixed emotions of moving back after a wonderful 6 year stay in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
One of my favourite sounds is mountain minor tuning on the banjo and I’ll always love bluegrass. This tune is the result.
The Hermit Of Gully Lake
When on tour in Canada I heard this extraordinary story of Willard Kitchener MacDonald aka the hermit of Gully Lake. A devout pacifist, this man jumped a troop train during the second world war and fled to the wilderness of Nova Scotia where he lived in a tiny wooden hut for over 60 years. The main tune is a Finnish tune taught to me by an Indian sarangi player Suhail Yusuf Khan to make this a truly international effort!
With A Memory Like Mine
One of my very favourite songs, an intensely moving account of grief at losing a son in war. The tune mirrors the heart wrenching nature of the lyrics and for me again shows the quality of the banjo’s mountain minor tuning in sounding so dark. The song has been a long time live favourite and it is great to have a recorded version now.
I’ve always been a fan of banjo funk and messing about with rhythms and syncopation. This rather wild tune came to me after having a few at my folks’ place in Penrith.
The Song Always Stays
Alongside my regular touring, I am very proud to do work for the Live Music Now scheme. Nic Zuppardi and I wound up playing a series of gigs in a Surrey care home and one of the residents was old singing and acting star Glen Mason. He was an inspiring man still full of smiles but living with dementia. We learned a couple of his songs and the effect on him was wonderful as he sang for the first time in years and seemed to relish being a star again. Sadly, Glen died recently but Nic and I will never forget him and this one is for him.
Indian classical music has been a huge passion of mine over the last few years. I think this probably shows in the sound of this reel.
Only Way To Go
Being a musician is a strange existence…it was always my dream and it still is. This was first written when things weren’t going so well and I began to wonder exactly why and for whom I was doing this. As ever, Mum had the answer. During a whiny phone conversation she said ‘Dan you’ve still got something to say as a musician’. That line formed the chorus. It took me ages to finish this song and in the end it took a songwriting collaboration with the wonderful Canadian singer Meaghan Blanchard to get it sorted.
The Missing Light
I recently played a series of gigs in a homeless shelter in London and around the same time heard a feature on the radio about a very successful businessman who was living on the street. Both inspired this one.
The Tune Set
My original reason for playing the banjo was my love of Scottish and Irish jigs and reels. That love has never wavered and that’s reflected in this set. I also love slow airs on the banjo and the first tune was written in that vein. The second tune was written on holiday on the beautiful isle of Barra (in my head, I didn’t take my banjo…) and the last is a tribute to the wonderful people of New Zealand who gave me such a fantastic time on my first tour there.
Dancing In The Wind
During one of many family holidays in Ireland growing up, Mum and I were moved to tears by a gravestone which read ‘our child dancing in the wind’. It has never stopped moving me and I knew a song would come out of it.