Dan Raza Introduces Us To Five Artists

You Should Get To Know From London, England

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Dan Raza is one of the mainstays on the London singer-songwriter and folk roots scene. He has been praised by artists such as Chris Farlowe, Slaid Cleaves, Mary Gauthier and Jackie Oates and had a song included on Neil Young’s ‘Living With War’ website.

 

His distinctive approach has won him a following across the UK and abroad as he has taken his songs on the road performing solo and opening for Joan Armatrading, Badly Drawn Boy, Alejandro Escovedo, Cara Dillon and The Sadies, amongst others.

 

Of mixed Indian and British origin, Dan grew up in the Home Counties and moved to London in his late teens where he has since been based.

 

Dan’s eponymous debut album was produced by Charlie Hart (Ronnie Lane, Ian Dury, Eric Clapton, Mose Allison).

 

The self-produced follow up, ‘Two’, was released in 2017 and features his band, The Shrouds, as well as appearances from Geraint Watkins (Van Morrison, Paul McCartney), BJ Cole (Dolly Parton, Martin Simpson), Steve Simpson (Eric Bibb, Ronnie Lane), Frank Mead (Albert King, Eric Clapton) and Mosi Conde (Mory Kante, Salif Keita).

Dan also hosts the popular radio show 'Spirit and Roots' which can be listened to  here on The Sound Cafe podcast page, it also airs around the world on multi-award winning Blues & Roots Radio, and K2K Radio in London.  Dan Raza is dedicated to sharing the music of the best songwriters out there - both old and new. Each episode features a special guest live in the studio playing their songs and opening up about their creative process and the music that has inspired them. Guests have included Ron Sexsmith, Joe Newberry, John McCutcheon, Emily Moment and many more.

Website:  www.danraza.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SpiritandRootsRadio 

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/DanRazaMusic 

We asked Dan to introduce us to five artists we should be listening to, Dan found it extremely hard to narrow down just five from the London area, so he gave us a bonus artist, and will follow up sometime in the near future with part 2 of his choices.

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PETER CONWAY

 

​Peter Conway - singer songwriter, poet, musician, producer and spiritual philosopher, is a modern day renaissance man. Weaving words and music, of depth and meaning, to create original tapestries in song.

​After being dropped by Decca Music in 2009, Conway decided to became a self releasing artist, that has gone on to become an independent success story. With already nine of his songs featuring in eleven original motion pictures, including the blockbuster ‘Friends With Benefits’ and the award nominated British independent 'Pleasure Island', that features three of his songs, along with numerous other online projects, his music has become a go to source for film makers and music supervisors, due to the gravitas and emotional depth in his honey soaked vocals and the cinematic quality of his compositions. Along with the film industry Conway has also gained the attention of a number of iconic brands over recent years, including Porsche, who recently featured his latest single 'Shine On (Instrumental) in one of their latest films 'Going The Distance - with Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter​

From his critically acclaimed records to his stand out live performances and solo acoustic tours, Peter Conway with his signature style, unique unforgettable voice and song delivery, is celebrated as being deeply emotive, with a sound that is both soulful and rootsy.

Peter Conway is an independent artist in the truest sense. With an organic word of mouth following and fans in over 50 countries, he is moving hearts, minds and souls the world over.

Peter has recently been in the recording studio and will be releasing his new song 'Modern World' later in the year.

Websitewww.peterconway.net

TRENT MILLER

 

It’s not all sweetness and light though: the past four years have seen Miller navigate his way through a difficult divorce, as well as conquering his various other demons, and this is reflected in the lyrics. Musically, the album is considerably richer, its sonic timbres sighted midway between the melodic folk-pop of The Byrds and the ethereal shimmer of the Cocteau Twins.

Born and raised in the countryside of north-western Italy, fuelled by dreams of rock’n’roll, Miller made his way to London as a youth, joining the just-blooming Americana circuit. Carrying with him the dual influence of the Beats and darkly troubled songwriters like Gene Clark, Jeffrey Lee Pierce and Thin White Rope’s Guy Kyser, he made his recorded debut on the album Hidden Desert, a tribute to the latter much missed Northern Californians. Releasing his debut Cerberus himself, he later signed up with the recording arm of highly-regarded underground magazine, Bucketfull Of Brains,

Websitewww.trent-miller.com

HANNAH SCOTT

Hannah Scott draws much of the inspiration for her music from her affinity with Italy. A year living and working on an olive press in rural Tuscany in her late teens provided the backdrop to her early work and she has found her musical home with creative partner Stefano Della Casa who she met in London but may well have met years earlier when passing through the train station he was working in!

 

When they began making music together, they realised they had an amazing connection, despite very different backgrounds: Stefano had a troubled early adult life, while Hannah was lucky to have a happy upbringing. Hannah has had her own difficulties following the recent diagnosis of a form of arthritis which causes severe joint pain and fatigue. Both artists firmly believe that their musical collaboration has provided an outlet to support each other through difficult times.

 

Hannah’s music has been heard in hit TV series, Grey’s Anatomy, and has been played regularly on the BBC with releases supported by Dermot O’Leary and Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2 and Tom Robinson on 6 Music. She’s also been featured by MOJO, The Guardian and Clash Magazine. Recent live highlights include opening for Madeleine Peyroux to an audience of 2000 at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre and travelling across Ireland with Paddy Casey to open shows for him in Dublin and in a tiny Irish speaking village near Galway! Her arresting live performances have also earned her support slots for artists including Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon and 10cc and she has twice travelled to New York festival “Mondo NYC”, receiving PRS Foundation funding and running a successful crowdfunding campaign to fund the trips.

Website:  www.hannahscott.co.uk

PHIL RYAN

Phil started his musical career playing local acoustic clubs in his native Hertfordshire, writing his first songs and honing his stage skills. Playing since he was 8 years old he started with banjo, ukulele and finally found the guitar – he ate, slept and breathed music. And he practiced daily such was his drive to be better. After years sitting watching and learning from great players he finally began to tread the boards himself. He quickly gained a reputation as a fine 12 string and 6 string player and his original songs were attracting interest. Soon he was performing at music clubs across Hertfordshire London and then he got a lucky break playing at a Johnny Cash concert (the guy who was supposed to appear was sick!) As Phil says you can be good at your job but being lucky helps a lot. He went on to join the legendary Heart and Soul Studios music collective in East London. The studio became the breeding ground for some of the biggest names in the business at the time as well as a ‘nursery’ for new performers. And then he hit the studio and then the road. The live performance is his natural stamping ground.

 

Over the next few years he became in demand as a performer and session guitarist and a singer with a few musical luminaries, until he started touring across Europe performing his own original songs as himself! He toured the USA, Scandinavia and Europe. His next big break came when he was asked to become lead singer for the reformation of iconic band The Animals and soon he found himself playing to a 100,000 strong crowd in Red Square Moscow. He went on to found London’s iconic 12 Bar Club and more festival work followed (his first album project Storm Warning specifically being sold at European Festivals) He formed The Phil Ryan Band and played at various venues and festivals across Germany including the world renowned Schlachthof in Munich and the Bardentreffen Festival in Nuremberg. Right now he’s delighting audiences in London with a new show entitled ‘An Evening with Phil Ryan’ a night of stories and songs and his songs are being taken up by new artists across the coming year. Go see him play you won’t regret it.

Website: philryanmusic.co.uk

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ANDY HANK DOG

Andy needs no introduction to those of you who know and love his Easycome Acoustic Club, which has been based at various venues over the past few years.

From rock star in the seventies, Andy Hank Dog left the drugged up music scene and became a jewellery designer throughout the eighties, returning to his music career in the nineties. His band The Hank Dogs were signed to Joe Boyd’s record company Ryko Music, and their second album Half Smile (on Spinney Records) got great reviews in the national press.

Andy lives in London and is a club promoter. 

Facebookwww.facebook.com/andy.allan

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SIOBHAN PARR

Dan includes Siobhán Parr as his bonus artist, Siobhán is a country, soul singer-songwriter who is from London. 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/siobhan.parr

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