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Dan Korn
Singer songwriter Dan Korn releases his first EP of original songs on Oct 25th via Harrison Music.
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Having wasted his education on poetry and love, Dan Korn picked up a guitar and began to sing. The songs that came forth were of a calibre seldom heard.
It won’t be long until he is known as England’s finest new songwriter.

After a childhood writing poetry and prose in a provincial town, Dan Korn fell under the influence of the Delta Blues, Bob Dylan and Syd Barrett. He came of age, taught himself guitar and dropped out.

Drawn to the reality and possibility of London, he and his first love took a single room in Tufnell Park. There five months of bliss was followed by heartbreak. Within him a deep well of emotional inspiration was formed. Armed with a travelling guitar and a small bequest Dan took himself away to India. Good times and hard times followed; all worthwhile and many formed into song. It was there he realised creating music was his calling.

On returning to London he honed his songs and gradually his confidence grew. Finally at The Harrison Pub in Kings Cross, only 3 years ago, he nervously took the stage for the first time. He discovered the adrenaline of live performance and has been addicted to it ever since. Dan currently lives and plays in London although he regularly moves district, seven times in past three years. He likes to explore new neighbourhoods, playing gigs, meet new people and watch the different tribes of Old London Town about their business. Many of his songs belong to London.

Earlier this year the Harrison Music label asked Dan to visit Fossil Studios in Hackney with them. Dan played his songs and a wonderful collaboration was formed which lead to the creation of the Dustbowl EP.  Produced by Raz Olsher and Juba Wezler (of Zej), with the assistance of Paul Michelmore (The Harrison Brothers). Many guest musicians joined the party including guitar genius Morsky (Gypsydelica), trumpet maestro Joe Sharp (LPO) and Max (Wormfood) playing accomplished violin.

The EP’s tracks chart different styles; Dustbowl Dan’s tribute to the doomed lives of the Joad family in John Steinbeck’s classic novel “The Grapes of Wrath” is filled with ‘40’s jazz. Song for Syd is clearly devoted to Syd Barrett one of Dan’s musical heroes and has a an air of 60’s pyscadelia. Like a Dove mixes a melancholy romantic ballad with a rocking blues declaration of love. Lost Love Shanty is a folk song of the sea and a cuttingly honest reply to a lover now lost.

Dan is currently forming his touring band and is looking forward to a busy autumn playing gigs across the country. He has a mass of new songs to record and is very keen to return to the studio, hopefully in the New Year.

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