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Unearthed – The Homecoming of Johnny Cash

Dean is included in the latest Unearthed podcast (hosted by The Big Light) – Episode 17: The Homecoming of Johnny Cash (with series host, Ryan Latto)

Click here to link through to the page and the podcast.

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!

Interviews with:

  • 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.
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What’s the connection between Dean’s new single and the new Rebus book?

Read all about Dean’s new single – A Song For The Dark Times (released 2 Oct 2020) and the Ian Rankin connection in Dean’s latest newsletter, here.

Plus the latest additions to the shop, and Patreon.

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Dean is guest on BBC Radio Scotland’s Off The Ball

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)

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New Year Newsletter – Feb 2020

What a start to 2020 it’s been!

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!

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August newsletter – including details about Dean’s Festive Edinburgh Show

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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Back From the USA! (And summer news)

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.

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Early Summer News!

Hi there folks.

Greetings from Hummingbird Towers.

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.

Add in a few Owens originals and some other transatlantic classics, stripped back to just vocals, guitar and fiddle and you’ll find a heady brew – a pure and organic blend of the old with the new’.
Here’s a taster:

Ticket info:

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’m delighted to announce I will be playing the Maverick Festival on July 1st. Details here:

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:

Thanks again for all your support.

Cheers for now.


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Festivals, Jason Isbell, Buffalo Blood, Danny & The Champs and Hank Williams!! Summer/Autumn 2016

Dean Owens

Hi there folks.

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:

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:

I recorded a limited edition album of Hank songs for these shows with Kev on double bass and Stuart on lap steel and guitar. This will be available at this show only and this is the final Hank show of the year. Here’s a taster –

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: 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.

Enjoy the rest of the summer.



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Summer News

Hi there folks.

Greetings from Hummingbird Towers.

Well I guess summer is here….kinda!!

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.

I recorded a limited edition album of Hank Williams songs for these shows with Kev on double bass and Stuart on lap steel and guitar. Settin’ The Woods On Fire will be available at these shows only. Here’s a taster –

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.

My single – Cotton Snow was warmly received and got a fair bit of airplay. Just incase you missed it, here’s the video and iTunes link –

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.

A gig you may want to check out over the summer is the Hannah Aldridge & Lilly Hiatt gig in Edinburgh. The best deal is if you email to reserve (no booking fee) Should be a good one.

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 – 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.

Take care.


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January 2016 Gig News!!

Greetings from Hummingbird Towers.

Just a brief bit of news for you.

Here are some up-coming shows:

16 Jan – Celtic Connections (with Patty Griffin)

27 Jan – Celtic Connections (Sister Cities Tartan Ties) – The National Piping Centre, 7.30pm, £13

29 Jan – The Tower, Helensburgh (Sister Cities Tartan Ties), 7.30pm, £10/£8
Ticket sales not online yet; tickets – tel 01436 820869

30 Jan – Paisley Arts Centre (Sister Cities Tartan Ties), 7.30pm, £10/£8

31 Jan – Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh (Sister Cities Tartan Ties), 7pm, £10 (adv)/£12 on the door (cash)

1 Feb – opening for Gretchen Peters, The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, 7.30pm (£18.70 (inc bf))

Emoji1st March – Leith Folk Club

25, 26 Mar – TBA (Shetland) News on this very soon.

6 May – The Men From Leith (Dick Gaughan, Blue Rose Code and Dean Owens & The Whisky Hearts), 7.30pm, £16
A night of celebration of the songwriting and musical talents of three Men From Leith – outstanding musicians who all hail from the same small corner of Edinburgh

Hope you can make it along to one of the shows.

Cheers for now.


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Dean Owens

Hi there folks.

December’s here! I guess that’s us well and truly into the festive season.

I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone by.

There’s been a lot happening and there’s still a few exciting things to come.

Thanks to everyone who made it along to the recent shows. I had some great gigs with my band The Whisky Hearts, especially The Glad Café in Glasgow and The Spiegeltent in Edinburgh. The band is just going from strength the strength. We’ll need to think about doing some recording together in 2016.

The first thing to tell you about is the very exciting news that I will be on the Bob Harris Country show on BBC Radio 2 this Thursday at 7pm It really was a huge honour and thrill for me to meet the great man and sing a couple of songs for him. We had a lovely chat so be sure to tune in.

Next up I’m going to re-boot the Snowglobe campaign throughout December. You may recall that I released the track Snowglobe as a single two or three years back to help raise some funds and awareness for the mental health charity Mind. Mind do a great job and I’d really like to support them again with Snowglobe. Here’s the video for the single –
Please share with your friends and request it on your local radio station. Funds raised from the download of the single will go to Mind. This time of year in particular can be a very tough time for those who are battling depression and mental illness so let’s shine a little light on the great work Mind do. Here’s the link to the download – and the Mind website –

Moving on into January and it’s my Celtic Connections show with the wonderful Patty Griffin at City Halls on Saturday the 16th. I’ll have The Whisky Hearts with me for this one. Can’t wait for this as I’m a massive Patty Griffin fan. Get your tickets here:

There’s tons of stuff in the pipeline for 2016. A special show has just been confirmed and this might be one you’ll want to get in your diary now – The Men From Leith – Dick Gaughan, Blue Rose Codeand Dean Owens & The Whisky Hearts at The Queens Hall, Edinburgh May 6th.

Very exited about this one. Dick Gaughan is a giant of the Scottish music scene – the only performer to hold the dual honours of a Lifetime Achievement award by BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and induction into the Scots Traditional Music Hall of Fame.

In the space of a short few years and two stellar albums, Blue Rose Code, Leith-born Ross Wilson, has gone from songwriting in the obscurity of an East London flat to being celebrated as a legacy artist. Details about the show will be available soon. In the meantime you can keep an eye on the Queens Hall website:

I’ll keep you updated as more live dates and news comes in.

I want to play as much as I can in in 2016, especially with The Whisky Hearts so if you’d like to see me with the band or solo at a venue near you please let us know about that particular venue. Just contact my manager Morag Neil via my website – It’s always great to hear about new places to play. Also drop us a line if you’d like to host a House Concert of your own. Speaking of House Concerts I’ve just agreed to play one in Paisley on Saturday the 12th December. This is one of my favourite house concerts to play. If you live in that neck of the woods and would like to attend there are still a few places left. Just contact me or Morag and we’ll give you the details.

If you’d like to give Into The Sea or any of my albums as Christmas presents then please make your purchases via my website asap to guarantee getting them in time. I also have some vinyl copies ofWhisky Hearts back in stock. It’s red vinyl with a gatefold sleeve, plus you get the cd with it. I’m not advertising these on the site so drop me a line if you’d be interested in getting hold of a copy.

That’s it for now folks.

Massive thanks again for all your support over the past few months.

Have a great festive season.



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Hi folks.

Autumn greetings from Hummingbird Towers.

Wow! October is here already.

September was fun. I’ve had a lot going on these past few weeks.

I got the chance to return to one of my favourite places – Nashville and had an amazing trip.

I was over there for a few things, including AMA week (Americana Music Association festival and conference), but mainly to lay the foundations for a brand new film and album project. I don’t want to say too much about this just yet as it’s very early days, but it’s a very exciting new collaboration with the producer of Into The SeaNeilson Hubbard, musician and filmmaker Joshua Britt, photographer and filmmaker Jim Demain and singer-songwriter Audrey Rose Spillman. I’ll tell you more about it when we’re much further down the road with it.

While in Nashville I also got to do a fair bit of writing with my dear friend Will Kimbrough. Will truly is one of the very best musicians I have ever had the privilege to work with. We wrote a bunch of songs which hopefully will make it onto a future record. Might be my record, might be Will’s record. Could be both!

Will and I also played a wee show together during AMA at The (new) Family Wash. It was an amazing night of music in this fab venue featuring a whole host of singer-songwriters, including Kim Richey, Gareth Dunlop, Jeff Black, Will and his band, Phil Madeira and Sam Lewis. It was so great to play a show with Will on guitar and it was made even more special when Kim joined us to sing with me on Evergreen.

It was also fun to hang out with my old friends The Mavericks down at The Ryman. Congrats to them on their Group Of The Year award.

Nashville is such a fantastic place. Can’t wait to return there in 2016 to continue with the new project.

I have a few things coming up over the Autumn and Winter months. Here’s what’s confirmed so far:

My big news is that the video for my next single – Up On The Hill is finished and here it is:

I’m over the moon with how it’s turned out. Massive thanks to Ruth Barrie and Dylan Matthew at Waltzer Films for doing such a fantastic job and to Jonny Magowan for his beautiful drone camera work, plus all those that donated through Kickstarter.

Up On The Hill will be released on October via Drumfire Records.

This coming Tuesday, 6th October I’m doing a session for Another Country with Ricky Ross on BBC Radio Scotland. I’ll have The Whisky Hearts with me for this one. Tune in on the night for our live session Should be a great show. Ricky always plays some fantastic music.

Here’s my upcoming gigs:


25th Bridge Inn, Aviemore



3rd Lemon Tree, Aberdeen (with The Whisky Hearts)

6th House Concert, Darlington (contact Morag Neil via the website for details)

7th Slaughtered Lamb, London (part of London Folk & Roots Festival)–roots-festival–dean-owens-the-slaughtered-lamb/

12th Glad Café, Glasgow (with The Whisky Hearts)

14th Village Hall, Pathhead Midlothian (with The Whisky Hearts. Contact Morag Neil via the website)

29th Spiegeltent, Edinburgh (with The Whisky Hearts. Part of the Edinburgh’s Christmas Festival 2015)


There will be more shows to follow. I’ll let you know about these ASAP.

That’s pretty much it for now folks.

I still have have a very limited number of Dean Owens T-Shirts available directly from me. If you’d like to buy one drop me a line and I’ll give you the information. They’re only available in M, L & XL.

Remember that Into The Sea is available direct from me via the website, plus from all good record stores and all the usual online outlets.

If you’d like to see me at a venue near you on the next tour or host a House Concert yourself then drop my manager Morag Neil a line at with your suggestions.

I hope to see you somewhere over the coming Autumn and Winter months.

Cheers for now.