This is my first time releasing a Live EP. I was invited to play at the Ghost Light Sessions in Ballybofey, Co.Donegal on 1st May 2019. On the bill that night there was myself, a couple of blues rock bands and the exceptional headliner, Blackbird & Crow. It’s a good venue, intimate with a raised stage and excellent sound / lighting for theatre and live music.
As usual I wasn’t sure what songs to play until I got up there. I did my best to read the room and play a nice variety of songs, old and new. (It was my time gigging in Donegal so of course, it was all new to the audience since no-one had heard of me…!)
The 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 shit 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.
1. Bat Country
2. Four Leaf Loser
3. Microchipping Me
4. Richard Cory
6. Dolbro Dan’s Ragtime Rant
7. Performin’ Rites
Folk Dope is my long awaited second album. Eleven lyric-driven originals ranging from Alternative Folk to Acoustic Blues, Alt Country, Rock’n’Roll, Americana – whatever is needed to deliver the story.
As a big fan of Bob Dylan, particularly his early albums, most of these songs began life in a simple acoustic guitar and harmonica arrangement (much like my previous album “Singin Homemade Music”)
Old time roots with a modern, raucous twist.
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 are a highly ethical, musician-friendly independent label who issue first editions of unsigned, DIY artists. Aside from that they also plant trees to offset carbon emissions, offer food and shelter to touring bands!
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