It’s Christmas 1981, and the people of Falkland are flocking to the street. A man has come to town, a man dressed in black baring a wide smile. This man in Johnny Cash and he has come home. Johnny Cash, the globally recognised country folk singer traced his roots to Fife, a stones throw away from where I was raised. So, how much can we own him? Well…rather than speculate, why not just ask the family? In this episode I interview Johnny Cash’s daughter, Rosanne, about her and her fathers Scottish roots and why we should be singing it from the rooftops!
Rosanne Cash, award winning country singer and daughter of Johnny Cash
Dean Owens, Scottish singer-songwriter from Leith and founder of the Cash Back Festival
Bobby Beveridge, retired police detective and owner of the Violin Shop in Falkland
David Latto, my brother, and professional singer-songwriter from Fife.
Sat 29 Feb – Dean was delighted to be invited back on BBC Radio Scotland’s Off the Ball (“the most petty and ill informed show on radio”!) to trade banter with “Scotland’s odd couple” Stuart Cosgrove and Tam Cowan, with subjects including football, Cash Back in Fife, being a Hearts fan in Leith, Dean’s new album, hospitality disasters (including a memorable story about a private gig with The Felsons!) and lots of football related nonsense.
Listen again on BBC’s iPlayer (till 30 Mar); guests arrive from approx 38 mins in. (Note: may be subject to geographical limitations)
Read about Dean’s recent adventures in USA – including recording with Calexico in Tucson, international songwriting summit in Arkansas, showcasing at Folk Alliance (and at Americanafest UK). Plus news about the brand new Cash Back in Fife festival in March, and the upcoming release of The Man From Leith (The Best of Dean Owens), on CD, vinyl and digital, on Eel Pie Records. And tour dates… phew!
It’s all about the gigs! Including details about Dean’s summer shows at Edinburgh Fringe, Fringe by the Sea – and a long lead one for December, which Dean’s delighted to announce will be with The Southerners this year. And there’s a new live video from the recent tour. Click here for full details and ticket links
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You can access Dean’s Summer Newsletter here, with photos from his recent USA tour, and news about upcoming UK tours. And an exclusive first look at a video he made while in Sheridan WY, with The Two Tracks.
Happy New Year from Hummingbird Towers.
There’s a load of great stuff in the pipeline, including the Celtic Connections (2 Feb) launch gig for new album Southern Wind (released on 16 Feb, on At The Helm Records, and available for pre-orders NOW!)
Plus solo gigs in Leith (9 Jan) and High Wycombe (13 Jan).
Exciting news for Black Friday, and it won’t cost you a dime (or even a penny!). The first single from Southern Wind – The Last Song – is available (for a limited period) as a FREE download. Click here for links and info.
There’s only one week to go until my first Redwood Mountain show at Summerhall in Edinburgh on April 27th. This is part of Tradfest and is a Soundhouse Promotion.
‘Redwood Mountain is a brand new duo featuring acclaimed singer-songwriter Dean Owens and traditional fiddle player Amy Geddes.
Redwood Mountain perform transatlantic folk songs. Most of them are built around the lyrics of the classic folk songs featured in The Book Of American Folk Songs by archivist Alan Lomax. Re-imagined with new melodies, Redwood Mountain breathe new life into these wonderful old songs.
Amy and I are really looking forward to this one. We will have copies of our debut album available for the first time at this show.
There are other Redwood Mountain shows in the pipeline over the summer, including The Catstrandin New Galloway on July 21st and the Southern Fried Festival in Perth 27th-30th July (details for this one coming soon).
I’ll also have some news very soon of more summer solo shows.
A few of you have been asking me when the follow up to Into The Sea is going to be ready. I hope to have exciting news on this in the next few weeks, but I’m pretty sure it won’t be out until the new year. I’ve just had so much on this past year or so with various projects and I need to give them some of my time just now. Between recording stuff with Redwood Mountain,The Whisky Hearts and the Buffalo Blood project there’s not been a lot of free time.
Having said this, the new album is now pretty much in the bag and just needs a little bit of tweaking. I’m extremely excited about it and I think it will make a great follow up to Into The Sea. I’ll tell you more about it in due course.
As well as the Redwood Mountain release I plan on releasing something else with The Whisky Hearts before the year’s out. Not sure what form this will take yet, but we have some recordings ready to go. Again, it just depends on time.
Another wee project I’d like to do this year is a ‘Best Of’ solo record. Basically I plan on going into the studio to record a bunch of songs chosen by YOU! Yes, if you’d like to hear me re-record a solo version of one of my previously released songs then let me know your favourites. Maybe limit your choice to two and I’ll see what I can do. It can be anything from my back catalogue, including the songs I recorded with The Felsons. I think this could be a fun thing to do and I’d really appreciate your help choosing the songs.
That’s about it for now folks.
I hope to see you at one of the shows over the Summer and remember if you’d like to see me play a venue near you or if you’d like to host a House Concert of your own then drop my manager – Morag Neil a line at: email@example.com
Edinburgh festival greetings from Hummingbird Towers.
Hope you’ve been enjoying the summer and getting some nice weather wherever you are. It’s not been the best summer in Scotland, but thankfully I’ve witnessed some blue skies on my recent trips to New Mexico, Nashville and California.
The first thing I want to tell you about is my new Go Fund Me page. I’d be very grateful if you would click on this link and take a look at how you can help me make my next record – Southern Wind: https://www.gofundme.com/southernwind
I’m very excited about getting the chance to go back to Nashville to work with the Into The Sea team again and would really appreciate you sharing the link with your friends.
Some of you have been asking me what I was up to out in New Mexico. I was making an album and documentary with the musicians/filmakers/producers of Neighbourhoods Apart Productions– Neilson Hubbard, Joshua Britt, Jim Demain and Audrey Spillman. The project is called Buffalo Blood. The songs deal with the subject of the displacement of people, migration, immigration and refugees set against the backdrop of the Native American story and the demise of the buffalo. The songs are full of both real and fictional characters and events. We recorded and filmed in the stunningly beautiful canyons of New Mexico in Georgia O’Keeffe country. It’s going to take us some time to put it all together, but we hope Buffalo Blood will see the light of day next year sometime. It’s one of the most amazing things I’ve ever been involved in.
I’ve been very busy over the past few months and got to play some great festivals and shows. Really enjoyed my time at Summer Tyne in Gateshead and Southern Fried in Perth, plus a lovely wee show on the island of Easdale. I played the first of my Hank shows – Settin’ The Woods On Fire at Southern Fried with The Celtabilly Allstars – my old friends Kevin McGuire and Stuart Nisbet. We had such a blast. Next up it’s our big Edinburgh Fringe show at The Queens Hall on the 24th August. For this show we’ll be joined by our special guests from the Shetland Islands – singer-songwriterSheila Henderson and fiddle player Bryan Gear. Tickets are still available for what promises to be a special night ,celebrating the songs of the one and only Hank Williams. Get your tickets here:http://www.thequeenshall.net/whats-on/shows/dean-owens-and-the-celtabilly-allstars-2016
Coming soon is the Deluxe version of Into The Sea. This will be released in the early Autumn onDrumfire Records and features some bonus tracks.
My next single will be Virginia Street (Bob Harris’ at BBC Radio 2′s favourite track on the album) and there’s a new video to go with it. I’ll be sharing this very soon.
Going back to the shows. I’m playing a wee set at the Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh next Friday:https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/comedy-at-the-portrait-gallery and I’m really looking forward to opening for both Jason Isbell in Edinburgh on Monday 22nd August and a full tour with Danny And The Champions Of The World in September. Jason is one of my favourite artists around just now and Danny & The Champs are a brilliant band. Check this flyer or my ‘dates’ page for dates:
One of the shows on my tour I’m looking forward to playing for the first time is The Convent in Stroud. You can get tickets here:
and you can also watch the show online by clicking on this link:
I hope I’m playing a venue somewhere near you at some point over the coming weeks. If I’m not then please do let my manager Morag Neil at Scary Biscuits know about your local venue. Also if you’d be interested in hosting a show of your own or House Concert don’t hesitate to get in touch with Morag.
Thanks again for all your support. It’s greatly appreciated.
It looks like it’s going to be a busy one. I’ve a pile of gigs coming up over the summer months. Here’s the ones that are confirmed so far:
There will be more added so just keep an eye on the website and Facebook etc.
There’s so many I’m looking forward to. Really excited to be playing SummerTyne in Gateshead with Gretchen Peters and The Convent in Stroud for the first time and of course the wonderful Southern Fried festival in Perth again.
Southern Fried, the Glad Café and the Queens Hall shows are all Settin’ The Woods On Fire shows. Celebrating the songs of Hank Williams. I’ll be doing these shows with The Celtabilly Allstars, featuring my old pals Kevin McGuire (The Felsons) and Stuart Nisbet. Other guests include Martha Healy for the Glad Café and from Shetland – singer-songwriter – Sheila Henderson and fiddle player – Bryan Gear. I feel very lucky to have such great guests. These should be special shows.
Speaking of recording, I’ve just been in The Slate Room recording studios with engineer – Garry Boylerecording some new material with The Whisky Hearts. Very excited about this. I’m not sure when it will see the light of day at the moment, but hopefully something will be released this year.
Going back to the shows, I’m really looking forward to opening for both Jason Isbell in Edinburgh and a full tour with Danny And The Champions Of The World in September. Jason is one of my favourite artists around just now and Danny & The Champs are a brilliant band.
Some other stuff:
The recording of the new Ags Connolly album went really well. I was on producer duties and look forward to it’s release.
A special Deluxe Edition of Into The Sea is almost ready and will be released on Drumfire Records. It features a few bonus tracks. I’ll let you know when we have a release date.
Massive thanks to those of you who made it along to The Men From Leith concert. What a special night that was.
I’m just getting ready to head off to the States again on a very special road trip. I’ll tell you all about it soon.
I hope I’m playing a venue somewhere near you at some point over the summer. If I’m not then please do let my manager Morag Neil at Scary Biscuits know about your local venue. Also if you’d be interested in hosting a show of your own or House Concert don’t hesitate to get in touch with Morag.
Thanks again for all your support. It really is greatly appreciated.
I’ll leave you with this – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KY5MOUO464Q One of my favourite Guy Clarksongs. Guy sadly passed away last week. He was a truly great singer-songwriter and a big inspiration to me and many of my songwriter friends.