The son of a Wolverhampton community radio pioneer, 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 tutor, one-to-one mentor and workshop leader.
Qualified in the Sounds of Intent methodology and working directly with musicians, or through facilitators such as Company of Song or Midlands Arts Centre, Dan focuses on creativity and self-expression, and his deep respect for song-writing technique, to establish and maintain strong internal creative support pillars for songwriters of all abilities.
These twin aspects of Dan’s career, community music and individual creativity, combined for his project ‘Voices from the Cones’, a song-cycle and theatrical show commissioned by English Heritage in 2019.
Based on the oral history of 100 former glass workers, these songs are currently being developed into a studio album with the support of Arts Council England, just one of the many Arts Council funded projects that Dan has successfully applied for or contributed towards.
A songwriter who describess his community work and record releases as fuelling one another, and with Dreamland Tomorrow described as unveiling a “strikingly new maturity and willingness to push the envelope” (Folk Radio UK) Dan Whitehouse’s reputation as a “best kept secret” (MRM) of the UK music scene is assured, though surely it will not be long until the secret is out.
“Nothing short of beautiful – **** ” RnR Magazine
“Wonderful production and writing” Tom Robinson BBC 6 Music