Dan Aston Music

Waiting for the Call – New Single out Dec 16th

I’m happy to announce that my latest single, ‘Waiting for the Call’, is set for release on Wednesday 16th December 2015. The song will be available across all digital outlets.

A clip of the song was featured on my video preview earlier this week and marks a significant change in musical direction. I was brought up on a lot of rock music from the 70s and 80s and started playing electric guitar from a young age so there has always been a desire within me to return to that sound. It was only really since establishing myself as a solo artist that I abandoned the rock vibe that I had explored in bands that I had played in as a teenager. Something felt right about returning to that sound now and I am busy recording my debut album which contains many songs firmly routed in this vein – so there’s more on the way!

My music has taken a few turns over the past couple of years. ‘The Way Home’ EP was a purely intimate acoustic folk project inspired by the likes of John Martyn, Bob Dylan and unplugged Bruce Springsteen. The introduction of session musicians saw ‘Pale Jacket’ as a more mainstream indie/pop record whilst ‘Lemonade Sea’ was heavily influenced by jazz. This time around it’s my love for Ryan Adams and Ritchie Blackmore that has come to the fore.

I recorded and produced ‘Waiting for the Call’ myself with some help from my good friend and audio wizard, Paul Buzza. I hope those who have followed and supported my musical ventures up to this point will enjoy this exciting new direction. My first full-length album is currently being recorded and will be released next year.

Waiting for the Call art

Notes from Playfest 2014

Playfest was a success yesterday. The weather was stunning and there was a fantastic turnout. During sound check a young girl requested ‘Let It Go’ from Frozen. Unfortunately and unsurprisingly it’s not part of my repertoire, perhaps I’ll prepare it for next year…

My set list on the day was:

1. Blowin in the Wind (Bob Dylan)
2. Way Home
3. Pale Jacket
4. Ol 55 (Tom Waits)
5. The Other Side
6. Lemonade Sea
7. Mansion on the Hill (Bruce Springsteen)
8. Flight
9. For You My Friend

Live audio to come.

disney frozen

Stream third Google Plus concert

Here’s the recording of yesterday’s online show for those that missed it. Great to see so many international viewers again! The show includes performances of ‘Pale Jacket’, ‘Way Home’, ‘Lemonade Sea’, ‘Flight’ (feat. Sue Aston on violin) and ‘For You My Friend’.