Acclaimed Dean Owens at folk club

The acclaimed singer/songwriter Dean Owens is the next guest at Montrose Folk Club on April 3.
The acclaimed singer/songwriter Dean Owens is the next guest at Montrose Folk Club on April 3.

The next guest at the popular Montrose Folk Club will be Dean Owens who will perform at the Links Hotel, Montrose on Thursday, April 3.

Edinburgh-based Dean is one of Scotland’s most acclaimed and established singer-songwriters.

Earlier in his career, Dean was the singer and front-man of the much loved Americana band, The Felsons.

His solo career has seen him tour extensively, including in the USA and Australia. He is highly regarded among fellow performers and has played shows and toured with Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Eddi Reader, John Hiatt and Nancy Griffith, to name but a few.

Over the past two years, Dean has released two new albums. One was a CD of new material entitled “New York Hummingbird”, recorded in the Big Apple with some exceptional New York-based musicians.

Although he enjoys playing live, Dean says that his true passion is the writing of new material.

In contrast, Dean also released a CD entitled “Cash Back (Songs I learned from Johnny)” inspired by one of his lifelong idols, Johnny Cash.

This album has received great critical acclaim. Bob Harris of Radio 2 described it as “fantastic stuff” while it was praised by The Sunday Times as “a quiet little gem of an album”.

“Whisky Hearts” is considered by many to be their favourite Dean Owens album. It was recorded and produced exclusively in Nashville with a band that included many internationally acclaimed musicians from that city, including Al Perkins and Kevin McGuire, plus Robert Reynolds and Paul Deakin of The Mavericks.

As a huge fan of the album, Russell Brand regularly played tracks from it on his former Radio 2 show and also invited Dean to play a live session on the show.

Irvine Welsh of ‘Trainspotting’ fame has described Dean Owens as “Scotland’s most engaging and haunting singer-songwriter”.

Karine Polwart commented that “Dean has captured that long-standing Scottish love affair with classic American song writing, but given it his own undeniably Scottish heart. It’s classy stuff.”

Dean can also be found in the line-up of Celtic Connections, the world’s largest winter music festival, and his song ‘Raining in Glasgow’ has been used to promote the festival by BBC Radio Scotland.

Dean’s appearance is the latest in the 2014 season at Montrose Folk Club which has been running since 1984.

It is one of the oldest venues for folk music in Scotland, presenting regular folk music concerts throughout the year.

Its programme is aimed at bringing a wide spectrum of popular and acoustic music to Montrose. The foundation is mainstream folk music, both traditional and contemporary, and the club also stages blues performers, new country music and contemporary songwriters.

It has played host to all the best known names on the Scottish folk music scene. In addition to the established artists, it also has a policy of showcasing as many of the exciting new Scottish folk music performers as it can.

The Links Hotel is a popular venue for touring folk musicians from all over the world. From England, regular visitors are Martin Carthy and Martin Simpson and the Irish folk music of Tommy Sands is always a joy.

Everyone is welcome at Montrose Folk Club in the Links Hotel on Thursday, April 3 for an evening of quality song and song writing from Dean Owens.

The doors at the Links Hotel will be open at 7.30 p.m. with Dean Owens on stage at 8 p.m.