Best known for some of his classic hits such as ‘Lydia’, ‘McDonald’s Girl’ and ‘Ariel’, legendary songwriter Dean Friedman has begun his 40+ date European tour on which he is promoting the new fan-funded album, 12 songs.
As his first album release in seven years, Dean was keen to provide the dedicated fans on his tour with some new and exciting material. He noted “I’ve always tried to paint pictures in my songs, with words and music. Recording in a studio, turning the songs into an album, allows me to add color and shade and texture to those sonic portraits and aural landscapes.”
12 Songs is another eclectic ‘Dean Friedman’ album; an amalgamation of musical styles including jazz, pop, rock, folk and country, with themes including love, frustration, success and failure. Friedman touches on the notions of missing home, the terrors and joys of raising kids, dissertations on the physics of time and space, randomness and causality. There’s a song about a kite (a loose metaphor for the start of Friedman’s recording career) and even a song about ducks which tells the ‘true story’ of the Easter Rising, a failed uprising in Ireland 1916.
Friedman’s recent tours have continued to receive critical acclaim: ‘Every song in this show is a classic’ (London Theatre Guide), ‘Songsmith Extraordinaire’ – (Music Week), ‘Stunning Musicianship’ (HotPress) , ‘Dean Friedman is entirely unique and utterly brilliant!’ – (ThreeWeeks). These are just a few examples of the superlatives used to describe Dean’s unique and original talent.
During his tour, Dean will be performing solo on guitar and keyboards, exhibiting songs from his illustrious 40 year recording career, including all his old classics, as well as new material from 12 Songs. You can check out his tour dates below:
Tour Dates 2017
May 9th: Hastings, White Rock Theatre May 10th: East Hagbourne, Fleur de Lys May 12th: Pontardawe, Arts Centre May 13th: Vale of Glamorgan, St. Donats Arts Centre May 14th: Narberth, The Queens Hall May 16th: House Concert May 17th: Wolverhampton, the Robin May 18th: Nottingham, Poppy and Pint May 19th: Runcorn, the Brindley May 20th: Settle, Settle Victoria Hall May 21st: Newcastle, The Stand May 24th: Harpenden, Harpenden Public Halls May 25th: Bilsington, The White Horse May 26th: London, Pheasantry Pizza Express May 27th: Pheasantry, Pizza Express
July 15th: Dublin, Arthur’s Pub July 16th: Belfast, Crumlin Road Gaol July 19th: House Concert July 20th: Sheffield, Lantern Theatre July 21st: Liverpool, Liverpool Philharmonic/ Music Room July 22nd: York, Great Yorkshire Fringe Festival July 23rd: Huddersfield, The Keys July 28th-31st: Carcassonne, France, Songwriting Seminar at the French House Party
August 4th: Inverness, One Touch Theatre/Eden Court August 5th: Glasgow, Websters Theatre August 9th– 20th: Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Sweet/ Apex Suite, Songs for Grownups