Award-winning singer-songwriter Dan Whitehouse continues to renew, reinvent and reimagine – touching listeners with his observations and moving them with his sensitivity and impeccable songwriting.
“Wonderful” – BBC 6 Music
“Nothing short of beautiful” **** – RnR Magazine
Sitting on the foundations of teenage touring and recording with Naomi and Sonara, Dan’s early career culminated with a Reading Festival appearance in 2003. After going solo, Dan then signed to Reveal Records with whom he released three celebrated albums.
The son of a Wolverhampton community radio pioneer, Dan starting his recording and touring career as a teenager with Naomi before fronting rock band Sonara and playing Reading Festival. After deciding to go solo Dan then released his first two albums on his own label before signing to the Reveal Records roster alongside Joan As Policewoman and The Little Unsaid.
Dan’s 2020 release Dreamland/Tomorrow, was described as unveiling a “strikingly new maturity and willingness to push the envelope” (Folk Radio UK), featuring collaborations with John Elliott (The Little Unsaid), Eric Lane (Joan as Police Woman), minimalist composer Richard J. Birkin, and BBC Jazz Award winning Saxophonist Xhosa Cole.
2022 saw Dan continue to develop and evolve his offering whilst showing how he carefully nurtured his creativity during an imposed stay in Japan from January 2020 to June 2021. Releases included The Glass Age (out 22 July) – a collaboration with Swedish musician Gustaf Ljunggren, which looks at how our human experience and ways of connecting have changed through the ‘glass’ of virtual communication. Another, his Arts Council funded song-cycle Voices From The Cones draws from the oral history archive of Stourbridge Glassworks. Voices From The Cones – shot into the Folk Charts at #15 and was nominated for ‘Innovative Project 2022’ by FATEA.
In 2023 Dan continues his collaboration with New York hammered dulcimer player Max Z-T. Their debut record Ten Steps will be out in September and the duo will tour in October. April sees the release of Reflections On The Glass Age – an acoustic sequel to The Glass Age – presents the same songs stripped-back, in emotional and vulnerable performances captured live in Devon and Copenhagen.
The coming together of community through music has always been important to Dan, and is something he draws upon both in his own work, and as a songwriting mentor and skilled workshop leader. Dan also presents a monthly production on Brum Radio – The Glass Age Show.
“Subtle and delicate melodies” — The Sunday Times??
“There is, somewhere, an alternate reality, one in which Ed Sheeran is a cult singer-songwriter whose work gets critical acclaim from those in the know but never manages to trouble the charts, but where, the equally deserving Dan Whitehouse basks in universal praise for his brilliantly constructed melodies and insightful, emotionally resonant lyrics and whose albums sell by the truckload across the world.” Mike Davies, Folk Radio UK