Welcome to my site, i’m a singer-songwriter called Dan Whitehouse, based in Birmingham, UK.
I’m inspired by the human condition, our cravings, how we communicate and interact with one another, amongst other things. 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.
Please enjoy browsing my little corner of the web, where you’ll find lots of videos and recordings of songs and lyrics. I try my best cultivate and keep my garden tidy, and welcome visitors so please do get in touch.
“sensational!…what makes me really angry, is 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
“fresh and exciting” Jeremy Vine BBC Radio 2
Following on from 3 EPs (The Balloon, The Bubble & The Box) in 2009 – 2010, in 2012 I released my debut album and undertook a busy touring schedule; sharing stages with a wide variety of wonderful artists. I’ve had many wonderful, and some testing experiences on the road; supporting Willy Mason, Joseph Arthur, Caitlin Rose, Josh Ritter, Peter Green, Maria McKee, Jim Moray, Julian Cope and World Party. I’ve played festivals too including Wychwood, Moseley Folk, Lunar and Big Session, and in December 2012 I was almost overwhelmed to play to a wonderful sold out crowd at my first headline show at the beautiful Birmingham Conservatoire.
On September 29th at The Crescent Theatre in Birmingham I will launch my 2nd album: Reaching For A State Of Mind. Featuring a dozen new songs, this new record feels like a step forward, introducing a more expansive, full bodied sound. With debut producer Michael Clarke back on board, Reaching For A State Of Mind also features steel guitarist PJ Wright (Fairport Convention) and significant input from percussionist Chip Bailey (Duke Special), whose use of ‘stump fiddle’, pots and pans adds a distinctive rhythmical sound to my songs.
Jeremy Vine, Steve Lamaq, Janice Long and Alex Lester have all played my music on BBC Radio 2, in addition to Tom Robinson and Chris Hawkins on 6 Music. BBC TV East Midlands commissioned me to compose a song for a TV documentary, presented by Ray Gosling.
In addition to performing and recording I deliver interactive music workshops, working in the community with a range of participants, including vulnerable adults, children with special needs and emerging songwriters. I find this work is a good way to remain healthy creatively, keep a fresh mind and share my passion for music making.
Links & Quotes
Radio Play (listen to clips on soundcloud)
Musician “not scared of exposing human weakness, & captures the essence of being a songwriter right now…heir of Jeff Buckley”
Maverick “reminiscent of Donovan, at his mid 1960s best, likely to achieve the higher profile his talents deserve”
R2 ”you can hear the ghost of Nick Drake”
Chronicle (Danny Farragher) “A consumate showman, innovative, and can move from melodic ballad to a harder edge sound with such ease”