My second full-length album, Folk Dope is made up of eleven lyric-driven originals. It ranges from Alternative Folk to Acoustic Blues, Alt Country, Rock’n’Roll, Americana – whatever is needed to deliver the story.

TRACKS

SIDE A

Cement Shoes
Staring At The Floor
All’s Well That Ends
Quit While You’re Ahead
Ballad Of The Golden Harmonica

SIDE B

Kiss Goodbye
Sweet Talkin’
Own Up
Folk Dope
Performin’ Rites
Dream Within A Dream

Most of these songs began life in a simple acoustic guitar and harmonica arrangement (much like my previous album “Singin Homemade Music”) but by the time we finished recording, the album was full of instruments – drums, bass, piano, accordion, pedal steel, saxophone, clarinet and guest vocalists…

“Old time roots with a modern, raucous twist.” – Sounds Good 


Feedbands

Folk Dope was recorded with support from friends and fans through a crowdfunding campaign and released by US indie vinyl label, Feedbands. Based on an organic farm in North Carolina, Feedbands is an ethical, musician-friendly independent label. They release limited first editions of unsigned bands. Aside from that they also plant trees to offset carbon emissions while offering food and shelter for touring musicians. 

 

FOLK DOPE Album – £20 inc. UK P&P – buy it here

OWN UP (Music Video)

It could probably be mistaken for the opening credits for a macabre Netflix documentary. Own Up is a haunting lament set to a backdrop of eerie noir images, taken from side two of Folk Dope. 

OWN UP (Lyrics)

Oh Where Is My Loved One Buried?
Oh Where Did My Loved One Go?
He Got Caught Out Walking
On The Wrong Side Of Town
They Stole Him And Laid Him Down Low

Oh Why Did They Go For My Loved One?
He Never Knew Them Before
Outnumbered By Drunkards
With Hate In They Hearts
They Spilled All His Blood On The Floor

Oh What Did You Ask Of My Loved One
That He Was Unable To Give?
Oh What Did He Do To Deserve It?
Lord What Will It Take To Forgive?

Oh How Do You Sleep With Your Conscience?
You Murdered An Innocent Man
You Must Be Psychotic
To Choose To Ignore It
You Must Be Eternally Damned

Oh When Will You Call On Your Partners
Who All Played A Role In The Crime?
And Say With Remorse “We Deserve It”
And Toast It With Rat Poison Wine

Oh Where Is My Loved One Buried?
Please Answer Before You Go
He’s Been Late For His Dinner
Ten Years Of Winter

LIVE IN DONEGAL - Live EP

This is my first time releasing a Live EP. I was invited to play at the Balor Arts Centre, Co.Donegal on 1st May 2019. It’s a professional theatre and live music venue with a raised stage and excellent sound / lighting.

The Ghostlight Sessions is curated by local songwriter Dean Maywood and headlined by the exceptional Blackbird & Crow.

I wasn’t sure what to play until I got up there but ended up with a nice variety of songs, old and new. It was my first time playing in Donegal so technically it was all new to the audience.

Next day Ciarán (who did the sound on the night) kindly emailed me the vocals / guitar raw audio file taken from the desk. I compressed the sh*t out it and piled a bunch of reverb and mastering plug-ins on top.

Pleased with the results, I found an old 15th Century woodcutting called “Dance of Death” by Hans Holbein and printed some nice posters on linen paper. I added some QR codes onto stickers to link people to the EP and here it is!

I hope you enjoy these 24 brief minutes of originals (and one cover). It’s a bit rough round the edges but that’s me all over.

It’s also available to stream on YouTube, Spotify, Apple etc – just search for Dolbro Dan.

TRACKLIST

  1. Bat Country
  2. Four Leaf Loser
  3. Microchipping Me
  4. Richard Cory
  5. Bird Song
  6. Dolbro Dan’s Ragtime Rant
  7. Performin’ Rites

Purchase “Live in Donegal” prints here.