Regular Music is delighted to announce three special shows this November to celebrate the 10 th anniversary of one of Scotland’s most loved and respected artists, Withered Hand. For the first two shows, the band will play full albums in sequence, with 2009’s debut Good News on Wednesday, followed by 2014’s New Gods on Thursday. Friday night’s pun-stretching New/Goods set will showcase new songs combined with a ‘best of’ Withered Hand.
Featuring an expanded band line-up for all three shows, Withered Hand will also delve into
their rich archive to perform tracks from the EPs Inbetweens (2012), You’re Not Alone and
Religious Songs (2009).
For Edinburgh-based indie-rock musician Dan Willson (aka Withered Hand), a cult figure in the Scottish music scene, the shows are an opportunity to mark a milestone alongside the fans who have supported him throughout the decade.
"Ten years has flown by, obviously. I didn't really set out to have so many adventures in music but it's been a real blessing.
"If nothing else it's taken me this long just to understand some of the songs I've written and what they really mean. I'm indebted to those wiser souls who may have understood them before me and have come to the shows over the years.
"They have enabled me to make a real connection and wrestle with a creative life. I am at their service, a grateful if accidental rock star and I'm delighted to look ahead to another chapter with my talented friends in the band by my side."
The one-off gigs will be a treat for fans: a limited number of three-night tickets - complete with souvenir laminate – are available from Friday 3 May at 9am and the landmark shows will also be recorded for a live album to be released in early 2020.
After playing in various bands throughout his teens, guitarist and artist Dan Willson was a principal member of four-piece Edinburgh indie band Barrichello from their inception in 1999. Barrichello released three EPs, the first self-released and the following two on Edinburgh label SL Records. The band enjoyed a measure of success, touring Scotland and the UK including a 10 date UK tour, culminating in a London show with fellow Edinburgh band Ballboy. They were awarded single of the week in The List and the last two EPs received radio play across Scotland and also on BBC Radio 1's John Peel show. The band split amicably in 2002 citing musical differences.
In 2003, Dan teamed up with childhood friend Neil Sylvester and Caroline Evans to form art-rock outfit Peanut, where Dan was able began to give his own idiosyncratic voice free reign through his song writing and accompanying drawings. They build up a loyal live following in Edinburgh, across Scotland and in London and fostered connections with bands from the New York 'anti-folk' scene, being asked to support Schwervon! and Major Matt Mason USA on live dates in Scotland. Peanut shared bills with, amongst others, The Rezillos, Uncle John and Whitelock and Hawk and a Hacksaw and played the London Antifolk Summer Festival in Islington in August 2005. Both Neil and Caroline’s external commitments and the arrival of Dan’s first child meant the band were unable to record more than demos for a projected album and they eventually went on hiatus in 2005.
..the ghosts invoked are those of the Yummy Fur – spiky angular guitar work, with some grinding Fall-like guitar lines and wobbly vocals and shouty choruses, often bassless and augmented by tinpot drumming. A triumph of invention over ability. live review of Peanut, Is This Music? Magazine June 2005
Continuing to draw strength from the example of the DIY music community in New York, Dan continued working on solo material after Peanut’s demise and in 2006 debuted this more introverted and increasingly autobiographical material as a solo singer/songwriter, under the stagename Withered Hand. He quickly became a sought-after solo performer and part of a resurgence in loosely folk-based contemporary pop music in Scotland, playing shows with the likes of Frightened Rabbit, Found, Woodpigeon (Canada) and Eagleowl, as well as touring Sweden with Swedish musician Sebastian Fors. As his live set developed he began to recruit musician friends to collaborate on and embellish songs, meaning a Withered Hand performance or recording can often incorporate such luminaries of the Edinburgh alternative music scene as Neil Pennycook and Chris Bryant (Meursault), acclaimed Edinburgh drummer Alun Thomas (St Judes Infirmary, Paul Vickers and The Leg, Ballboy), cellist Hannah Shepherd, Bart Owl (Eagleowl, The Second Hand Marching Band and others) and folk singer Jo Foster (Fence Collective).
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FOOD PROMO: Ticket holders for this event are entitled to a 20% discount on food purchased on the show date.
Advance tickets £17.50 stbf from See Tickets, Ticketmaster, Tickets Scotland. Buy online here. Over 18 only.