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Edd Donovan and The Wandering Moles

Edd Donovan and The Wandering Moles

Feb 25th 2018 @ Smokey Joe's Coffee Bar

Cheltenham, United Kingdom
I Was There
Feb
25
Dan Hartland: Cheltenham Album Launch (with Edd Donovan)
Sunday, February 25th, 2018
7:00 PM
Smokey Joe's Coffee Bar
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Cheltenham! The majority of the songs on my new album were written while I lived among you wonderful people. This gig is part of a three-date launch tour for that album.

I'll be joined by cello, and supported by one of my favourite songwriters, the lovely and excellent Edd Donovan. We'll be all wrapped up by 9.30pm on a school night, so there are no excuses, either. See you there!

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Dan Hartland's songwriting has been described as "absolutely gorgeous" by BBC Introducing, "delicately lovely" by Americana UK and as "offering a fine balance between heartache and joy" by Maverick magazine. He has most recently supported the likes of Americana and folk luminaries Mark Olson, Kim Richey and Lisbee Stainton - and has earned a unique reputation as both a dynamic performer and thoughtful songsmith.

Gathering folk and roots influences from both sides of the Atlantic, and adding a knowing pop sensibility to his melodies and hooks, Dan puts feeling at the heart of every song. With a keen eye for character and a subtle turn of phrase, onstage Dan's kinetic guitar picking and witty storytelling cut through the usual tropes of the lonesome troubador, situating the sensitivity of his songs within often wry, quirky contexts.

His second full-length album, "Great Novels", takes Dan's rootsy live sound and embellishes it with subtle synths and spacious arrangements. The record was produced by Midlands-based singer-songwriter Chris Tye ("he's ACE!" - Jo Whiley) and features an intimate group of select musicians. Gentle and insistent, subtle and lush, "Great Novels" features eleven slices of Hartland's trademark literate songwriting, all united by themes of community and communion.

"One of the songs on the album is dedicated to a songwriter and poet named Paul Murphy, who had a unique ability to bring people together," Dan says. "I was thinking a lot about how to create those sorts of shared spaces while writing this album - and that's found its way into the songs, which all in some way revolve around questions of connection."

On the album's title track, Hartland sings that, "Great novels have been written in this way: poreing over every hour in a single day". His new record, and his songwriting in general, takes small moments and spins them out into big stories. Like good books, his songs reward repeat attention, both on record and in the dynamic live setting where "Great Novels" will live its lyrics - and bring audiences together.

"Great Novels" was mastered by Pete Maher (Paul Weller, Damien Rice, Patti Smith, Stornoway).