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Review: Dandelion Charm Riding the Flood E.P.

A lovely review in for Dandelion Charm’s Riding The Flood EP here

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Dandelion Charm “Riding the Flood” E.P.

riding the flood.jpgDandelion Charm  have released an E.P. that is a wonderful slice of prog and folk.

A new 5 track  EP out next year  from talented musicians who aren’t content to be a generic band, Dandelion Charm look set for big things.

Riding The Flood is by Newhaven-based duo Dandelion Charm. John and Clare Fowler combine prog, folk and rock influences into a luxurious blend of intricate harmonies, soaring melodies, superb musicianship and heartfelt lyrics. Imagine Fleetwood Mac meets Opeth and CSN meets Yes and you’ll get an idea for how they sound. A great antidote for much of today’s no-brain,  no talent music.

It’s an eclectic mix of styles from prog to folk inspired ballads across its 5 songs from opener “September” with its catchy chorus to more rocky “The Spark” to closer 7 minute epic “Wraith.” There are some echos of 60s…

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‘Riding The Flood’ – south coast duo Dandelion Charm release exquisite EP of prog-folk-rock

PRESS RELEASE: ‘Riding The Flood’ – south coast duo Dandelion Charm release exquisite EP of prog-folk-rock

Riding The Flood is a new five-track EP from Newhaven-based duo Dandelion Charm. John and Clare Fowler combine prog, folk and rock influences into a luxurious blend of intricate harmonies, soaring melodies, superb musicianship and heartfelt lyrics. Imagine Fleetwood Mac meets Opeth and CSN meets Yes.

Very much a personal as well as a creative partnership, Dandelion Charm have been memorably described as ‘like Fleetwood Mac without the drama’. As one reviewer has noted, however, all the drama is to be found in the songs themselves.

Clare Fowler: The themes we deal with in our songs are not frivolous ones. They are all about aspects of real life, things that we’ve seen or been part of. Fear and self-doubt, optimism and determination, family, relationships and addiction are some of the emotions and situations we explore on Riding The Flood.”

The EP is released on 11th February 2018 and will be formally launched with a special gig on that day. Dandelion Charm will be performing songs from the EP with a full band at the Brunswick, Hove’s premier music and arts venue.

With a background working in a commercial studio, John brings over twenty years of song-writing and production experience to Dandelion Charm. Clare, meanwhile, is a long-time visual artist and performer and her love of storytelling manifests itself in her heartfelt lyrics and emotive delivery. There are three key elements to Dandelion Charm, however: John, Clare and ‘Olah’. The latter being John’s custom-built jumbo twelve-string guitar which is central to both the songwriting process and the duo’s live performances.

John Fowler: We crowd-funded for Olah and I ended up with this amazing beautiful-looking instrument. With Dandelion Charm it’s the first time I’ve made music where I’m not trying to please anyone but it’s hugely rewarding seeing others who love what we’re about.”

What people are saying about Dandelion Charm:

Packed with beautiful harmonies and emotional, heartfelt lyrics. Like Fleetwod Mac, they play, sing and write music with classic, soaring pop melodies that will also appeal to the serious muso.”

ROSS SIMPSON (Director – First Act Workshops)

Dandelion Charm are a gentle force to be reckoned with. Clare Fowler’s English Rose sensibilities are perfectly offset by musical and life partner John’s sophisticated songwriting.”

Sean Ben Parker (Blasting News)

Bloody brilliant night at The Old Oak…Dandelion Charm – just, WOW!”

– Jimbo Tipler (Folk at The Old Oak)

Dandelion Charm…clearly destined for greatness”

– Chris Giles (Folk Is Not A Rude Word)

Track By Track

Here, Dandelion Charm guide us through each of the five tracks on Riding The Flood:

September: September is a double edged sword, the gateway to Autumn signalling the end of the Summer but also a time of new starts and resolutions after the hedonism of holiday. It encompasses feelings of fear and dread at the prospect of a return to work, school, reality but also optimism and renewed vitality for the future. The song September has opposing connotations for John and Clare and they really like this, they love the way that songs they have written are interpreted and owned by the listener in relation to their individual experience.

Riding the Flood: This was written in response to a poem that their daughter wrote at age 16. She was travelling alone to London on a train for a week, and wrote her observations down about her experience and fellow travellers. There are threads of fear and self doubt interlaced with an overriding courage and determination. An internal dialogue runs alongside parental advice and a longing for the comfort of childhood innocence. Percussion creates atmosphere by hinting at the sound of a train passing over tracks.

The Spark: This is a song that deals with the struggle out of addiction, themes of self delusion and loathing juxtaposed with themes of hope and release. The mournful vocals building into a passionate outro that mimics the jumble of contrasting emotions associated with recovery.

The Great Believer: This song tells a story about coming to terms with disappointment. It looks back on the cultish abuse of youthful and unquestioning passion. It is set in a bleak landscape which is a metaphor for the feeling of detachment to reality that comes with the realisation that you have been used. It is crushingly lonely and yet there is release, and hope in time.

Wraith: Is an epic journey. It was written about an incident with a patient that John cared for when he worked in a medium secure Psychiatric Forensic Unit. The song is written from the perspective of the carer who is a witness to the intense and relentless fall out of child abuse. Mental anguish, depression and self-harm ravage the protagonist while the only easement is the repeated promise of safety through incarceration and medication.

Website: https://www.dandelioncharm.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dandelioncharmmusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Dandelion_Charm

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Classic Rock magazine review of Thunderstick’s ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’

“…the band vacillate between the hard-hitting glam rock of late-era Sweet and the crunchy riffola of NWOBHM”

The November issue of Classic Rock magazine is out and has a review of the new Thunderstick album. Follow link to read the online review here

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Former Gillan Guitar Legend Bernie Tormé announces UK winter dates

Former Gillan and Ozzy Osbourne guitar legend, Bernie Tormé, will be playing the following dates in a short pre-Christmas winter tour:

30 November – South Shields – Queen Vic
1 December – Planet Rockstock [Sold Out]
2 December – Weston Super Mare – The Bear
3 December – Oxford – The Bullingdon
4 December – Folkestone – Invicta (Stripes)

Guitar legend, blues rock psychedelic shredmeister, glam punk sleaze rock frontman: Bernie Tormé has enjoyed a long and remarkable career. Hit records, world tours and international acclaim came as lead guitarist in Gillan. While a member of that band, Bernie wrote and played on four top ten albums and many hit singles and his trademark guitar is an intrinsic part of Gillan’s biggest selling and best known singles ‘New Orleans’ and ‘Trouble’. In the aftermath of Randy Rhoads’ tragic death Bernie then stepped in to play for Ozzy Osbourne before going on to front his own band. More recently, three highly-regarded solo albums have put Bernie Tormé back in the spotlight and won over new fans. His incendiary playing and high octane rock always make for a spectacular show.

Says Bernie: “Can’t wait to go out with the old geetar and make some noise! This is your last chance to catch us in 2017.”

Audiences can, of course, expect some old favourites from the Gillan era but there will also be newer material as well. Earlier this year Bernie released his critically-acclaimed ‘Dublin Cowboy’ triple-disc album. This, together with two previous albums ‘Flowers & Dirt‘ from 2014 and ‘Blackheart’ from 2015 were all made with the assistance of highly successful pledge funding campaigns that helped reconnect Bernie with long-standing fans as well as bringing in many new ones.

Tickets available:

South Shields – https://www.ents24.com/south-shields-events/the-queen-vic/bernie-torme/1073851958

Weston Super Mare – http://www.thebearinnweston.co.uk/whats-on

Oxford – https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/391856

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