Welcome to the website of Scottish singer songwriter Dean Owens

Best UK Act Of 2021 (Americana UK Readers Poll 2021)

UK Song of the Year Award winner (Americana Music Association UK Awards 2019)

  • offical announcement - UK Song of the Year Award winner (AMA-UK)
  • Dean Owens (in teal suit, hat and yellow shirt, on stage, being presented with Americanafest UK Song of the Year Award 2019 by Graham Gouldman (10CC)
  • Dean Owens (in teal suit, hat and yellow shirt, being presented with Americanafest UK Song of the Year Award 2019 by Graham Gouldman (10CC)

One of Scotland’s best… “Whispering” Bob Harris (BBC)
For God’s sake buy this album…! Russell Brand
Scotland’s most engaging and haunting singer-songwriter Irvine Welsh


  • Celtic Connections 202228 Jan 2022Album launch for Sinner’s Shrine (recorded in Tucson USA with special guests including members of Calexico) – Dean Owens & The Sinners (aka Kevin McGuire, Craig Ross, Stuart Brown and Neil Weir). With support and special guest Kirsten Adamson. Details and link on Live page
  • TOUR DATES added – see Live page for listings for Oct, Nov, Dec – Brighton, Winchester, Sutton, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and more
  • AUGUST Dean Owens and Joey Burns (Calexico) – the show that was a highlight of this year’s Celtic Connections is heading (virtually) for the Edinburgh festival Fringe. Running online, on demand, from 16-30 Aug (via Pleasance Online). Songs from Sinner’s Shrine (with special guests Martin Wenk (Calexico) and Kevin McGuire. Described by Celtic Connections director Donald Shaw as “a hands across the water meeting of great songs and minds” Tickets, on sale now, from Edinburgh Fringe
  • Fri 7th May, 8pm – In The Round at Virtual Green Note. Dean Owens with Kirsten Adamson (daughter of Big Country’s Stuart Adamson) and David Huckfelt (singer / lyricist / activist and founding frontman of Minneapolis indie-folk cult favorites The Pines). Details here
  • NEW RELEASE – Fri 7th May – The Desert Trilogy EPs Vol 2 (Sand And Blood) – available now to pre-order via Bandcamp. Including new single, Land Of The Hummingbird, featuring members of Calexico and a vocal duet with Guatemalan singer songwriter Gaby Moreno. Co written with Gabriel Sullivan (XIXA/Giant Sand). Video premiered on Americana Highways
  • NEW RELEASE – FRI 5th MARCH: The Desert Trilogy EPs Vol 1 (The Burning Heart) is released worldwide on all digital platforms, and as a very limited edition CD on Bandcamp. Recorded during 2020, with musicians from Calexico, partly at WaveLab Studios (Tucson) and partly long distance in lockdown. Featuring single New Mexico and whistling instrumental, Here Comes Paul Newman. Songs and stories of love and lust, sinners and saints, the displaced, the wanderers and the border ghosts. The EPs are a prelude to upcoming album, Sinner’s Shrine.
  • 22 – 25 FEB 2021 – FOLK UNLOCKED: Dean will be appearing at Folk Unlocked (the online Folk Alliance International) as part of Showcase Scotland Expo, with 2 “Unlocked” showcases in addition to a Spotlight Showcase (on 24th Feb).

  • FEB 2021 – NEW VIDEO released for New Mexico – the first single from upcoming release, The Desert Trilogy (and album Sinner’s Shrine). Recorded at Wavelab Studio, Tucson (USA) with musicians from Calexico. Available to buy from all digital platforms from 5 Feb 2021.

  • OCT 2020: NEW VIDEO for A Song For The Dark Times, premiered on Americana UK, who say “simply beautiful… just what we need to listen to right now“. Other comments about the song include: “very special” – Ralph McLean (BBC Radio Ulster); “like a flower through the pavement” – Paul Sexton (BBC)

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