NEW ALBUM RELEASED 28TH APRIL - VERGING ON THE PERPENDICULAR
FIRST REVIEWS ARE IN!
'Dan's astounding playing has it all, in spades, and his original songs are cool too' - FROOTS
'A real world class banjo player, terrific' - TOM ROBINSON, BBC RADIO 6
'If one name is synonymous with the revival of interest in the banjo it's Dan Walsh' - LIVING TRADITION
'An accomplishment surely all folk and roots artist strive for: fresh reinvention of the old' - FATEA
'The perfect balance of authenticity and flair' - FOLK RADIO
'His incredible mastery of the instrument and ability to draw so much from the banjo that elevates his playing to another level' - FOLKWORDS
'When played by Dan Walsh, the banjo becomes an instrument of beauty and intrigue' - SHIRE FOLK
'Mixes the traditional and the modern to great effect, this album spins with delight' - LIVERPOOL SOUND AND VISION
After being nominated as Musician of the Year at the BBC Folk Awards, banjo maestro Dan Walsh returns with another exciting new album. Verging On The Perpendicular sees Dan Walsh revisiting his first musical love, that of traditional Irish and Scottish folk music but as usual with Dan there’s a fairly eclectic range of music, but particular focus is on revisiting his past influences. The new album comprises traditional tracks including a pair of Irish polkas, a jig and a reel mixed with two of his own compositions and a wonderful old song called The Suilin. Alongside this there's a tune of his called The Vaults influenced by his great mentor Ken Perlman whose speciality is arranging a reel with variations rather than the traditional medley option. There's even a pair of 7/8 tunes, the second of which was written as it sounded like an Irishman writing a Bulgarian tune!
As usual some of the original songs are influenced by his travelling the world, Leave This Land is about his sadness of leaving New Zealand after such a wonderful month there, Want What You Don't Have recalls the many conversations he had with people about the pros and cons of the travelling musician's life and Going To The USA tells the traumatic story of getting hold of a work visa in time for his first tour there. Indeed there are plenty of nods to his love of American roots music too. Funky Haystack showcases his love of funky banjo while Leave This Land is bluegrass through and through. There's also a dose of the blues in Out Of Here, one of two tracks to feature Urban Folk Quartet colleague Tom Chapman on percussion.
INCIDENTS AND ACCIDENTS
'a shift in focus towards the importance of lyrics but no sense of playing down his ever brilliant banjo playing'
'shows Dan's versatility in the most persausive light' (FROOTS)
'Absolutely terrific' (MARK RADCLIFFE, BBC RADIO 2)
'Proves he can match up virtuoso playing with winning songwriting' (MORNING STAR)
'This artist and this album are an inspiration. Get it. Hear it. Treasure it' (MAVERICK)
'Staggering virtuoso picking, an excellent voice and finely crafted lyrics' (ROCK SOCIETY)
'His banjo playing is second to none on the UK scene and he'd put many to shame in the US too' (R2)
'A must for your collection' (LIVING TRADITION)
'the voice has an appealing catch and when the fingers touch the strings, there are angels in the architecture' (FATEA)
'A banjo masterclass' (SONGLINES)
'Clawhammer is his forte and he shows it to fine advantage' (ACOUSTIC)
'A perfect blend of breathtaking playing with a gift for telling a story making for an exceptional record all round' (FOLK RADIO)
'A must have addition to any self discerning music fan’s collection' (RHYTHM AND BOOZE)
'A collection of the finest tunes you'll hear this year' (ARTREE)
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.
THE SAME BUT DIFFERENT
'Eclectically inspired and consistently brilliant' - Froots
'If anyone succeeds in making the banjo cool it will be Dan Walsh, he can play it all' - R2
'Reaches dizzying heights, wonderful' - Acoustic
'Breathtaking' - Songlines
'Highly recommended, a cracker' - Fatea
'No style out of his reach, incredible talent' - Bright Young Folk
'Some musicians are gloriously open and fortunately Dan Walsh is one of them, you can't help but be swept along' - Properganda
'An essential purchase' - Roots of the World
The long awaited second solo album from the UK's finest clawhammer banjoist is now out featuring the Dan Walsh Band alongside several solo tracks. The band is:
Dan Walsh: Banjo, Vocals, Guitar
Rachel Newton: Harp, Vocals
Christi Andropolis: Fiddle, Vocals
Nic Zuppardi: Mandolin
Jon Proud: Bass
Adam Sinclair: Drums, Percussion
Including live favourites 'More About You', 'When A Man's In Love' and 'At Least Pretend' alongside a clutch of new songs and tunes featuring an amazing band who've worked with The Shee, The Unthanks, Therapy, New York Dolls and Bellowhead among others. Also see the video below for an interview preview of the album from Dan.
WALSH AND POUND
'Dan Walsh is the real deal, a demon picker and Will Pound is a master of the mouth harp' - UNCUT
'Brimming over with life force and genuinely charismatic musicianship' - FROOTS
'Great driving music' - SPIRAL EARTH
'Not a dull moment from start to finish' - R2
The now defunct duo leave behind their sole album which attracted rave reviews. Spread across fifteen tracks is Walsh and Pound's utterly unique sound based featuring sounds you wouldn't think were possible on banjo and harmonica as well as some fine songs. The eclecticism is amazing as the duo delve into funk, bluegrass, English, Scottish and Irish folk, blues and even Middle Eastern sounds, all the while sounding very much like themselves with Will Pound's seemingly never ending breath control and Dan Walsh's lightning virtuosity.
The material comes from various sources with classic traditional tunes such as 'Jolly Beggarman' and 'Old Tom of Oxford', newer American songs 'Hammer and Nail' and 'Clay and Ottie', Robert Johnson's 'Stop Breaking Down', Horslips' 'Wrath of the Rain' as well as the duo's own compositions the moving 'Two Lives Lost', the Eastern flavoured 'CCC' and 'Turkish Delight' and bluegrass trailblazer 'The Wrong Sample'. The duo are ably assisted by legendary guitarist Martin Simpson, American singer Christi Andropolis and genre-bending percussionist Taalis.
DAN WALSH - TOMORROW'S STILL TO COME
'An amazing debut album from the new kid on the block - move over Mr Lakeman, the banjo virtuoisity is truly amazing' MAVERICK MAGAZINE
'One of the banjo's true innovators, I can't wait to hear what he comes up with next' - BANJO NEWSLETTER
'An exciting debut from an energetic banjoist' - FROOTS
'Stunning player destined for great things' - LIVING TRADITION
This is his first solo album featuring a multitude of styles from the banjo-led funk of 'Hammer and Nail' and 'Deep Down', to the Arabic sounding banjo-harp duet 'Mwashah/Egypt Cottage' to the bluegrass of 'Every Day Is A Better Day', even delving into Northumbrian folk on 'Northumberland and Back'.
Assisted by an excellent supporting cast of fine players on harmonica, bass, drums, harp, flute, piano and pipes, this is an eclectic and entertaining debut showcasing an extremely fine and creative banjoist.
- Dan Walsh: Banjo, Vocals, Guitars
- Rachel Newton: Harp, Vocals
- Will Pound: Harmonica
- Sean Taylor: Bass
- Will Schrimshaw: Drums
- Kieran Szifiris: Flute
- Paul Knox: Northumbrian Pipes
- Luke Martin: Piano