Boo Hewerdine to play with Dan Whitehouse in Wolverhampton gig

Ivor Novello-nominated singer-songwriter Boo Hewerdine is returning to Wolverhampton's Newhampton Arts Centre next month to play with local musician and songwriting coach Dan Whitehouse.

Boo Hewerdine is heading back to Wolverhampton to play with Dan Whitehouse
Boo Hewerdine is heading back to Wolverhampton to play with Dan Whitehouse

The appearance on September 21 coincides with the release of Boo's latest album, Before, which is out on Reveal Records on September 6.

Supporting on the day will be Whitehouse, signed to Reveal Records himself. He has toured and collaborated with label mates such as Brooklyn’s Joan As Police Woman, multi-BBC Folk Award winner Kris Drever, Eddi Reader MBE, The Little Unsaid, as well as Boo, while performing his own sell-out headline shows.

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On top of that, he runs his Songwriting Circle workshops at Birmingham's MAC theatre where he helps fellow budding musicians to improve their writing and produce their own material at his Reveal Records studio.

Dan won the Best Folk/Country Artist award at the inaugural Birmingham Music Awards last year. He will be performing his own set, including several new songs, as well as joining Boo on stage, while both songwriters will be leading a special songwriting workshop in the afternoon of the gig.

Boo's 18-track album Before was recorded in the first weeks of 2019, with supreme Danish multi-instrumentalist Gustaf Ljungren Boo’s only collaborator on the set.

Wolverhampton singer-songwriter Dan Whitehouse

"My producer and studio partner Chris Pepper found a Dulcitone last year," he said. "A century-old keyboard that strikes tuning forks with felt hammers. I fell in love with its delicate sound straight away. We then came by an Indian harmonium, a Vibraphone and several other unusual instruments. My father’s old piano lives in the studio. Using these, and no guitars, I started recording with little intention this would become an album.

"I realised that another friend Gustaf Ljunggren, from Copenhagen, also has an amazing collection of strange instruments so I asked him to react to my new recordings and augment them instinctively. He has a unique approach to instrumentation and always offers the song something unexpected. We first worked together on the album Anon back in 2002, I really trust him."

Boo Hewerdine, plus Dan Whitehouse, appear at the Dunkley Street venue on September 21. Lead by Boo and Dan, the songwriting workshop in the afternoon is designed to unlock writer’s block and provide stimulus and motivation to generate new and original raw material. For those aged 14 and over, it begins at 3pm and costs £10.

The gig kicks off at 8pm. Tickets for this cost £12.50 in advance.

For tickets, more information, and workshop bookings, visit www.newhamptonarts.co.uk

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