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Leading contemporary music website Americana UK recently wrote “Dan’s songs are of that rarified level that make him the envy of most singer-songwriters”. Originally from Kempsey, Dan’s musical career has taken him to Melbourne, then onto the Netherlands where he has had a career as a music producer for almost three decades. Now, for the first time in 5 years, Dan returns to Australia for a series of shows in Australia in July/August 2023, including this very special concert in his old hometown! On stage with him for this series of shows is the incredibly talented backing musician Madelief van Vlijmen.
Dan’s connections to the valley have never faded. He still has family in the area and friendships that go back to his childhood. His songwriting is littered with references to up river, where he worked as a teenager on Comara station, and to growing up in the river town in the 1960’s and 70’s. His beautiful tribute to the valley “Old Macleay” has received many a spin on the popular Radio National program “Australia All Over”. He is also an Aria Award winning songwriter. Sharing the bill is local bass playing and guitar picking legend Chris “Haighy” Haigh, whose career is studded with stage work appearances with Australia’s most prestigious artists.
Dan is back with a new collection of songs on the magnificent COUNTRY STAR album, his latest album released in June 2023. With influences from the dustbowl to now, Dan & Madelief’s show is a sonic masterpiece of story-telling, playful songwriting and pulsing rhythm.