The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 7 April is the debut album from Dan Raza.
Dan is in conversation with Ross Macfadyen on Saturday at 12 noon and 12 midnight and on Easter Monday 9 April at 6.00pm.
Dan Raza has already established a considerable reputation on the UK singer-songwriter and folk roots scene. His distinctive approach has won him many fans and led to his supporting Joan Armatrading on a recent European tour as well as opening for artists such as Mary Gauthier, Badly Drawn Boy, Cara Dillon and Alejandro Escovedo at concerts throughout the UK and USA.
He also had a song, Every Little Dog endorsed by Neil Young when Shakey chose it for his ‘Living with War’ website.
His live performances are noted for their strong emotional impact and his songs are informed by literary influences such as Ben Okri and also the influence of painters like Marc Chagall. Indeed, Dan’s songs receive colourful treatment on this his first album. From the yearning sweep of 40 Miles to the vibrant energy of Cool Dark Night and No-One Shed A Tear, the intense originality of his writing is balanced by strong and varied musical texture.
Raised in Bedfordshire, Dan is of mixed Indian and British origin. Many of his songs draw on images from his past and there is an enigmatic and whistful quality at the heart of his writing.
“A great young talent.” – Chris Farlowe; “Has the feel of an old fashioned protest singer but without any sort of preaching attitude.” – Americana UK.
Album of the Week, Saturdays at 12noon and 12midnight and Mondays at 6.00pm and at Catch Up Anytime.