New Album: Raw State – Release Date Dec 1st 2014

New Album: Raw State – Release Date Dec 1st 2014

Raw State

 

Produced by Chris Clarke and Danny George Wilson from Danny and the Champions of the World,Raw State‘ features re-workings of previously released material, something akin to my live show.
The Album Launch Show will take place at the Birmingham Glee Club on Sunday December 7th 2014 – tickets on-sale announcement to follow soon…

 

The record features pedal steel legend BJ Cole, who has previously worked with a vast array of artists including REM, Elton John, Brian Eno and Bjork.

Produced by Danny George Wilson and Chris Clarke of the band ‘Danny and the Champions of The World’. and recorded at Chris’ studio – Reservoir Studios in North London.

The Champs drummer Steve Brookes plays kit whilst Danny contributed electric guitar, keys, and backing vocals,

Recording this album was a wonderful experience, and I feel blessed that the winding path of gigs and sessions in recent years lead me to meet the wonderful people involved and capture these performances. I’m also pleased to say that documentary film maker James Barnett was around to document some of the sessions so we can share the happening.

We recorded the album using traditional methods and techniques – the band set up and played live in the studio – and we mixed the record live too – Over the years of listening, I think the records that have had the greatest emotional impact on me were made in that way.

Danny Champ’s charming modesty only permits him to describe his role in the studio as that of the ‘cheerleader’…whilst the phrase I would choose is ‘ creative force’! He’s one of the most inspiring and talented musicians and songwriters I’ve had the pleasure to meet, all fuelled by his endless passion for music and song.

Friday 4th July – Summer Show at The Studio, Birmingham

July 4th - The Studio - Dan WhitehouseHello,

 

I feel lucky to have experienced some great gigs recently, including a sold out headline show at Old Joint Stock Theatre, and supports with the inspiring Scott Matthews, Simone Felice and Graham Gouldman…met tons of lovely folks too…a big warm welcome to this list if you’re a newcomer:)

 

BIRMINGHAM – THE STUDIO – FRIDAY JULY 4th

 

Tickets are now on sale for what will be my last Birmingham headline show for quite a while – Friday July 4th at The Studio, 7 Cannon St, Birmingham B2 5EP

Located on Canon Street (just off New St) The Studio offers an oasis of calm in the heart of the city. With a summer BBQ on the secluded roof terrace, seated music hall, and a well stocked bar (!) – ‘The Studio’ makes a great place to enjoy a summer concert and a BBQ meal. The Studio are offering a special menu for this event, to book, and for full details click here

I’ll be playing with a band line up featuring Paul Connop on ambient/soundscape guitar and Anja McCloskey on accordion.

For info on how to find the Studio and where to park and stuff click here

 

NEW VIDEO

 

Filmmaker Anthony Davies has just released new footage of live tracks from the full band show at Birmingham Conservatoire last December, view here.

 

JULY UK TOUR

 

Following our joint Canadian Tour, Anja McCloskey and I will reunite for live dates around the UK in July. Anja will be celebrating the release of her second album “Quincy Who Waits” on Sotones Records. We’re heading to 7 different towns, for a full list of dates click here

 

LONDON – ST PANCRAS OLD CHURCH – JULY 9th

 

An exciting triple bill featuring Esther Dee and Anja McCloskey.

St Pancras Old Church has been a site of meditation for over 800 years, and makes a truly unique music listening venue. The room has a great natural reverb, seated, there’s an upright acoustic piano, and it’s located within 5mins walking distance of St Pancras/Kings Cross and 10mins from Euston rail stations.

 

SEPTEMBER UK TOUR

 

I’m very pleased to announce a September tour supporting the wonderful duo: Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou who are currently out on the road across Europe with Tori Amos. They’re loved for their beautiful harmonies and singing into a shared microphone, “with the soft thrum of their acoustic guitars holding up their angelic vocal narrative, there’s so much harmony here that you forget about how discordant everything else is outside of the beautiful world they’ve built” NME

 

Not forgetting Moseley Folk Festival on Aug 30th, the next few months are starting to look really exciting…thank you for reading this, and continuing to come out to my gigs.

 

Dan x

 

Upcoming Shows:

DATE CITY VENUE
13/06/2014 Greater London, Nunhead The Old Nun’s Head
28/06/2014 Bedfordshire Music festival in Bedfordshire
04/07/2014 Birmingham, West Midlands The Studio
05/07/2014 Milton Keynes Stables Theatre
06/07/2014 Gilberdyke,, East Riding of Yorkshire Gilberdyke Village Hall
08/07/2014 Preston,, Lancashire The Continental
09/07/2014 London Old Church St Pancras
10/07/2014 Brighton, East Sussex Marlborough Theatre,
11/07/2014 Folkestone Googies Art Cafe
18/07/2014 Sunderland Watch House Unplugged
27/07/2014 Milton Keynes IF : Milton Keynes International Festival
24/08/2014 Langton Matravers, near Swanage, Purbeck Folk Festival
30/08/2014 Birmingham Moseley Folk Festival (Lunar Stage)
31/08/2014 ST Leonards On Sea, Hastings Masonic Hall
02/09/2014 Bristol Birdcage
03/09/2014 London Old Church St Pancras
04/09/2014 Birmingham Glee Club
05/09/2014 Nottingham Glee Club Nottingham

 

 

Special Special!

It’s with a beaming smile and happy face that I announce Duke Special will be special guest at my album launch at The Crescent Theatre, Brindleyplace, Birmingham on Sunday Sept 29th. Doors open at 18:00hrs, Duke Special will take to the stage at 18:30, accompanied by Chip Bailey on percussion. It’s looking like a busy night for Chip as he’ll be performing with me at 19:45 as part of the octet ensemble I have planned for this special special gig.

Duke Special

Portrait – Live on Jools Holland

Freewheel – Studio Version

I’ve been a fan of Duke since the release of his LP Songs From The Deep Forest in 2006, and been to see him and Chip play a number of times at the Glee Club Birmingham.

 

Certain Duke Special songs break me down emotionally, in a good way.

 

Peter Wilson (Duke Special) possesses everything I am looking for in a singer songwriter. He writes open-hearted, emotional lyrics, and his vocal delivery and musical arrangements are expressive and punctuate the songs with ground-shakin, needle-point accuracy. He does that thing of peppering his songs with humour too, if you haven’t heard it I urge you all to check out his song ‘Condition’

 

Duke Special – Condition

 

Featuring the classic lines: “I’m a pin drop, I’m phil spector” and “I’m deep blue, I’m zx 81”

 

On top of that writing ability, he can really play that damn piano. A player with such command over their instrument is always a thrill to behold.

Together with Chip, they put on a fantastic show too! Expect Vaudeville inspired theatrics at the Crescent on Sept 29th – I am so thrilled they’re gonna do it.

Tickets available here

Dan x

the making of

a blog about the making of my 2nd album ‘REACHING FOR A STATE OF MIND’ 

Halloween 2012

The record began in a turbulent, twisted place sometime around Halloween 2012, but producer/ multi instrumentalist / collaborator Michael Clarke and an inspiring band of musicians helped me to find the hope within it and the album has come to represent a fresh, new beginning for me.

Listen to it here

 “in the field of opportunity it’s plowing time again!”

After a demo-ing 30+ songs, Michael and I made a short list of 16 of the most appealing/urgent ideas and began recording music at Hockley Street Studios in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham. Michael Clarke is an extremely talented, patient and creative producer, we worked together on my debut album and I was thrilled that he answered my call to do the 2nd record. When I’m in the studio with Michael the Neil Young lyric comes to mind “in the field of opportunity it’s plowing time again!” he’s a multi-instrumentalist, fluid audio editor, and great with arrangements too…he has skills and craft a plenty, the only limit is your imagination – so exciting!

Rhythm Section

The first two weeks were intensive, we set up as a live band in the studio and worked long days, improvising on arrangements and parts. It was such a pleasure to play with Simon Smith (Carina Round, Carl Barat, Linda Perry) on bass and percussionist Chip Bailey (Duke Special). Chip brought a vast array of percussive instruments and objects into the studio – everything from goat’s toe nails to a cheese grater! And of course his signature instrument: the ‘stump fiddle’, mixed in with lots of hand drums and a few pots and pans…Chip brought a distinctive rhythmical sound to the album.

Melody Guests

Once we had laid these foundations, Michael and I had a whole lotta fun with a variety of guest musicians and vocalists in sporadic, creative sessions over the next few months…Thomas Bounford (Saturday Night Gym Club) used his violin to create a twisted, tense atmosphere on Chasing Paper, a song set in the concrete jungle that is Paradise place/Birmingham City Centre. He also added a tension building, rhythmical line to the chorus of Come Back.

Helen Lancaster (The Old Dance School) played swooping, serene viola and violin on The River, a song about a couple on a turbulent journey in search of a deep truth.

Dot Brodie contributed a calming legato bassoon line to the closing track ‘Home’.

 

Choir

Katz Kiely travelled up from London to sing harmony vocals on ‘Chasing Paper’, ‘Climb’ and formed part of the ‘Hockley St Choir’ we assembled for the grand and proud moments of ‘Come To Me’ and ‘Maybe I Too Was Born To Run’.

I love group singing of any form, and this Saturday morning session with 7 singers was one of the most uplifting moments of the recording time. At the time, Michael was working on two other albums for Joe Summers and Oh! Stockholm and they were also interested in working with a choir….so we joined forces and had a great session singing on each other’s recordings.

The Hockley Street Choir Members are: Anna Louise Bennett, Charlie Callaghan, Harriet Harkman, Joseph Summers, Katz Kiely, Nyli Lewis, Mike Hutchinson

Guitars

In December 2012 I supported ‘The Dylan Project’ at the Robin 2 in Wolverhampton for the second time, and yet again was blown away by the musician ship and craft on display in that line up. PJ Wright approached me and said he liked my acoustic guitar, we had a bit of a geeky guitar chat and then the next day I wrote to him and attached a rough recording of ‘Maybe I Too Was Born To Run’. I was thrilled to get a quick reply from him, though it simply said:

 

“Hello Dan – I have to run to Gateshead right now, back Monday, I’ll have a listen then!

Good luck

PJ”

 

I waited, scanning my new mail everytime I checked it for ‘PJ WRIGHT’ ….4 days later PJ got back to me with ideas for pedal steel guitar parts for the song. This marked the start of an entertaining email conversation and exchange of audio files over the next 3 months. PJ has a wonderful command over his instrument, beautiful technique and sound and it was a real pleasure to collaborate with him.

 

I first met Booga (Ezio) back in 1997 when I was playing guitar for Naomi. We supported them at Ronnie Scott’s in Birmingham and I think at The Junction in Cambridge too. So I was pleased and excited in equal measure when I received the call to open up for them at ‘Ents Shed’ in Bedford. My songs seemed to go down OK with their audience, and Ezio kindly played ‘When We Were Sleeping’ on his radio show the following evening. This was enough of a green light for me to make the first approach, and I emailed Booga and asked if he’d kindly visit our studio Birmingham to play guitar on ‘Chasing Paper’.

I’d been struggling with the lead guitar on this song for a while, and it was really starting to annoy me. June Mori had composed the beautiful counter melody, and I was really happy with how the phrase flowed, it was just the sound and the performance on the guitar that I couldn’t get right. I decided it required the delicate touch and fingers of a real ‘steaming’ guitar player – not my own sort of kack handed punk influenced approach.

My instincts served me well on this occasion, Booga played it much, much better than me. He played it with flair and passion, and added some unison bends that I simply hadn’t thought of….I love working with creative folks!

 

Mix and Master

Michael Clarke mixed the album, and demonstrated the true extent of his attention to detail and patience with sound creation. Mixing is a truly beautiful art form and something I wish I was more skilled at. Watching someone mix your songs is sort of like watching an artist produce a sculpture in thin air. Carefully, delicately carving and highlighting sounds and elements of sounds you didn’t know were there. During this time we also had some fun playback session with Simon Smith and Chip Bailey, where in addition to drinking (a bit too much) wine and tea, we added bits of percussion and enjoyed lots of laughter.

Ryan Pinson worked with me on the 3 EPs and he mastered the record at his studio in Wolverhampton. It was really great to wrap a fresh pair of ears around it at this stage and Ryan worked tirelessly – to-ing and fro-ing the wav files and ironing out tiny creases until we were truly content.

Artwork

I turned my attention to the artwork and packaging, and put out a call on facebook to see if any artist’s out there would be interested in working on the release.

I was overwhelmed (and overjoyed!) by the enthusiastic response I received. Colin Marsh produced several, striking, revealing portraits and I used one of them on the ltd. edition album sampler CDs I sold at gigs in May/June 2013. Colin is a an artist who works with real conviction, follows his instincts and his work speaks to me very clearly and directly.

Annemarie Wright makes pictures out of words. I was instantly inspired when reading this on her site: “Everyone has different opinions and feelings that can be expressed through words. The aim of my work is to challenge people’s perceptions and make them realise that first impressions can change. I produce my work using ink and paper, from a distance you will see a black and white image, when moving closer you will see the image is handwritten text. the text is always written by, or about the person or image in the piece itself”

We went for a coffee and she offered to produce two different portraits, based on photographs taken by Carsten Dieterich. Here’s the front cover she produced

My songwriting is lead by lyrics, it’s important to me that my songs have a message and a purpose. I think I’m often searching for answers and truths in in my writing. Annemarie’s lyrical style of portrait seemed to fuse/bond well with my work.

I was introduced to Alison Keys by a mutual friend in 2012 and it was real pleasure to work with such a creative and experienced professional on this element of the project. Alison did the graphic design work on the album sleeve, disc itself and lyric booklet. She lead the way to the simple, serene design of the CD packaging, I like this as it seems to allow room for the music to breathe.

Once it was all finished, where to get the record pressed?!? A quick google search reveals it’s a bit of a crowded marketplace out there in duplication world, with companies falling over each other to compete on price and delivery time. However, I had worked with John Garrad – at Akcent Media on both pressings of my debut album in 2011/12 and I was certain I wanted to invite him to work with me again. John is an early bird like me, and has sufficient patience to reply to all of my worried little mails! This personal approach really makes a difference to me, as I tend to get very nervous at this final stage of making an album. It brings to mind drawing/painting as a child and my mom’s words “that looks finished to me…don’t RUIN it now!” Safe to say, John didn’t ruin it, he made it blossom, and within 20 days too!

Online

When the CDs arrived in the post, James Clarke visited my house and we spent a long night updating my website. James has helped me with all aspects of online music promotion since my days playing with ‘Sonara’ in the early 00s. I feel honoured to work with such a well informed professional, he’s totally on it and doesn’t mind answering all of my questions. Sessions with James are always enlightening and often an education!I was surprised to receive orders for the album within just a few hours of putting it up online – mainly due to the super-efficient services that bandcamp offer.

I’m self-releasing the record through my own label ‘Tiger Dan Records’, and have registered the songs and recordings with PRS and PPL respectively. For digital distribution across all on line stores i’m using AWAL, as with all my previous releases.

Media

You’ve invested so much emotion and energy in the songs, they deserve some good representation, right?! but selling yourself, generating the right (or any!) sort of media interest in your songs can be a challenge, and a bit of pain, so I find it best to seek help and advice where possible!

 

Birmingham based music journalist Dave Freak kindly agreed to interview me and write my new bio and press release. Dave is a talented writer and a credit to his art form, i’ve read his gear for years and I was really pleased when he agreed to work with me on this.

I’m working with country/folk/roots specialist Will McCarthy on a national radio and press campaign.

Tour

I’ve arranged a 20+ date UK tour to promote the record, with full band headline shows in Birmingham Crescent on Sept 29th and London Slaughtered Lamb Oct 8th 2013, and many solo/duo shows around the UK throughout the Autumn months.

I’m playing lots of tiny theatres, arts centres, folk/roots acoustic night, and sharing stages with a lot of truly wonderful artists:

Anja McCloskey (Manchester, London, Kendal)

Rebecca De Winter (Bedford, Birmingham, Brighton, Norwich)

Richard Lobb (London)

Paul Liddell (Newcastle, Alnwick)

Fran Smith (Newcastle)

Tinderbox (Bracknell)

Stephen Fearing (Hepworth)

Shuana Mackin (Manchester)

Molly Warburton & the Shady Days (Kendal)

I’m really looking forward to heading out on the road to play the record live, and look forward to sharing the songs with everyone at the gigs.

ENDS

DW July 31st 2013, Birmingham, UK.

 

 

 

 

 

Album Launch – The Crescent Theatre Birmingham – September 29th

Moseley Folk Presents Dan Whitehouse Album Launch

with Very Special Guest TBC

A full band show to launch the new record (inc grand piano!!) and i’ll be playing a selection of songs from my previous as well. This event will be the only place to hear the new songs performed with full band (as they are intended to be heard!) on this tour.

With support from a very special guest, this night holds a lot of promise and I dearly hope you can make it. Tickets are cheaper in advance and available online from the Crescent site 
Doors Open at 6pm | Music Starts: 6.30pm
Tickets in Advance : £8.00 | On the Door: £11.00

The Band:

Chip Bailey – Percussion

June Mori – Piano

Harriet Harkcom – Harmony Vocals

John Large – Drums

Simon Smith – Double Bass

Michael Clarke – Guitar, Vocals, Synth

Maybe I Too Was Born To Run (Live):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exjLvKcFIDo

 

On Tour

Hey!

WORLD PARTY

I’m just home from a great 2nd show supporting the amazing songwriting legend that is Karl Wallinger / World Party. What a fantastic experience, World Party followers seem to be some of the warmest folks you could wish to meet, and Karl’s classic songwriting style is a gentle reminder of just how glorious this art form can (and should) be!

NEW VIDEO

Here’s a video I recorded recently of my song ‘Come Back’

ON TOUR

On Friday I’m supporting Jim Moray in London before heading out east to Norwich on May 1st for a show with two New York artists …Jefferson Thomas and Matthew Foster-Moore, promoted by Steve Howlett at Bedfords.

Thursday May 2nd im at Loughton Folk Club, Friday May 3rd opening up for Rory McLeod in Finedon, before a London trip: Sunday May 5th at Slaughtered Lamb and Monday 6th, the real food festival on southbank

Hope to see you out on the road at one of the shows.

 

Very Best,

 

Dan

 

 

Raw State Show – April 21st Birmingham

Hello

My next Birmingham gig will be an intimate affair, and the first in a series of un bound, un treated performances I have named ‘Raw State’ shows:

Sunday April 21st – Kitchen Garden Cafe, Kings Heath, Birmingham

Advance tickets are £6, £8 on the door, support from Paul Liddell

James Barnett has finished editing some of the footage from December 15th Birmingham Conservatoire full band show, view here.

Producer Michael and I are now taking a few weeks rest from recording, to allow our ears to reset and to allow him time to go play keyboards and guitar on tour with the rather magnificent Andy Burrows.

In March we plan to get stuck into mixing the record, and I hope to have the first run of CDs ready to sell on my own UK tour dates in April and May

I have a title for the record, it’s been with me from the start. Not sure I want to tell you what it is yet though, as I keep having flings with other ideas, and that whole process is quite fun in itself!

See you soon,

Dan

Nursery Next Week

Dear all,

Thank you for visiting my tiny patch on the web. Next week i’m doing a 30 minute solo set at the Nursery Tavern, 38 Lord Street, Chapel Fields, Coventry, CV5 8DA.
The event is curated by a lovely lady called Elaine, and comes my way highly recommended from other Midlands writers Chris Tye and Stylusboy.

I’m on stage at 8:45pm, it’s free admission and it’d be great to see some familiar faces.

James Barnett has finished editing some of the footage from December 15th Birmingham Conservatoire full band show, view here.

Producer Michael and I are now taking a few weeks rest from recording, to allow our ears to reset and to allow him time to go play keyboards and guitar on tour with the rather magnificent Andy Burrows.

In March we plan to get stuck into mixing the record, and I hope to have the first run of CDs ready to sell on my own UK tour dates in April and May

I have a title for the record, it’s been with me from the start. Not sure I want to tell you what it is yet though, as I keep having flings with other ideas, and that whole process is quite fun in itself!

See you soon,

Dan

Robin 2 Feb 3rd Cancelled

Hi there

I’m sorry to report that Sunday Feb 3rd show at Robin 2 is cancelled. Headline act Kelly Joe Phelps has been diagnosed with Ulnar Neuropathy in his right hand and arm leading to numbness and weakness in the hand, and is unable to play his guitar and tour. Read more

I’m still playing at the Bridge Inn, Brewood, Staffordshire this evening with Michael Clarke on guitar/banjo and vocals.

I’ve been working on my new album, produced by Michael at Hockley St Studios in Jewellery Qtr, Birmingham. The writing and recording process has been a real adventure, and I cant wait to share it with you. We started working on this record around halloween 2012, we’ve recorded 19 tracks and i’m still very (happily) immersed in the creative process and not sure entirely how it will turn out in the end, but can see the bright light calling. I hope to have some mixes to play you sometime in April, and I have a very special show planned for Sept 29th in Birmingham – stick it in your diary!

All the best,

Dan

Adv Tickets Sold Out – Jan 25th London Old Church

Hi,
All advance tickets for tonight’s gig at Old Church St Pancras are gone, but we have saved a few on the door.

Here are the times and details:

St Pancras Old Church, Pancras Road London NW1 1UL
Fri Jan 25th 2013
Doors 7pm, Music starts 8pm

Tickets are £6 advance (more on the door)
8:00 – 8: 20 set 1 PM
8:30 – 8:50 set 1 RDW
9:00 – 9:10 – set 1 DW

interval

9:30 – 9:50 – set 2 RDW
10:00 – 10:20 set 2 DW
10:30 – 10:50 – set 2 PM