“Scotland’s most engaging and haunting singer-songwriter” IRVINE WELSH
One of Scotland’s best… “Whispering” Bob Harris
For God’s sake buy this album…! Russell Brand
Celtic Americana from Leith via Nashville.
Dean Owens is one Scotland’s finest singer/songwriters. Armed with a searingly soulful voice, skillfully crafted stories and memorably heart-twisting melodies, he is a compelling and engaging live performer, with the ability to connect with any audience through an emotional hurricane of stories and songs. His band, The Whisky Hearts, is a mighty all star line-up who can rock up a storm, as well as adding subtle flashes of roots and twang.
2015 was a great year for Dean, with his Nashville recorded Into the Sea CD receiving rave reviews and extensive airplay – including a session for Bob Harris Country (BBC Radio 2) in December. It appeared on several Best of… lists at the end of the year, including #5 in the Sunday Herald Top 50. Touring took him from Lerwick to Brighton, including opening for Rosanne Cash at London’s Union Chapel, and headlining his own shows at Southern Fried festival, the London Folk and Roots Festival and Edinburgh’s Christmas Spiegeltent.
2016 looks like topping that, with several exciting projects in the pipeline, kicking off with a couple of appearances at Glasgow’s world renowned Celtic Connections festival, including performing (with his Whisky Hearts band) with award winning US musician Patty Griffin.
Dean is also part of the Sister Cities Tartan Ties project, which links musicians and artists from sister cities Dunedin (New Zealand) and Edinburgh, Supported by the British Council, Sister Cities Tartan Ties will open at Celtic Connections on 27 Jan, before embarking on a short tour.
May sees him combining forces with hotly tipped singer Blue Rose Code and the legendary Dick Gaughan for The Men From Leith (inspired by Dean’s classic Man From Leith song) at the Queen’s Hall Edinburgh.
In his early career Dean was the front-man of the much loved Scottish Americana band The Felsons. His music has taken him far and wide, including Europe, USA and Australia. He has played shows and toured with the Mavericks, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris and Joan As Policewoman, to name just a few.
Into the Sea (his 6th solo album) was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, with producer Neilson Hubbard and a host of acclaimed US musicians, including guitarist Will Kimbrough and renowned singer songwriters Kim Richey and Suzy Bogguss. It was released on London independent label Drumfire Records in May 2015 to rave reviews, consolidating Dean’s reputation as one of the UK’s outstanding singer songwriters. Dean’s music defies genre categorisation and has had radio play on rock, indie, Americana, country and folk shows.
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