Dan Evans

world renowned British dulcimer player, guitarist and composer

Over three decades Dan Evans has built a niche career as a world-class exponent on both the mountain dulcimer and acoustic guitar. He accompanies his fine baritone voice with beautiful and original dulcimer and guitar music. In concert he presents a repertoire of original compositions, folk songs and airs and the odd classic song to round a set off nicely. All are beautifully arranged in Dan’s unique, thoughtful style and presented with considerable classical skill and a spoonful of English humour. With five CD albums released to critical international acclaim and eighteen international tours undertaken to date, Dan has won the hearts of audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. Based in Olney, England, Dan is a Fellow of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (FISM) and is listed in Who’s Who in Popular Music.

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What is music to you? What does it give you?

a means of communicating ideas and feelings, often without words

What is your music dream?

I've already played a top venue in Nashville and recorded with the world's best dulcimer player, Stephen Seifert and met and worked with some late, great luminaries in the dulcimer world: Roger Nicholson, David Schnaufer and Jean Ritchie - but I still look forward to concerts and sharing my music and have a few unfulfilled ambitions yet ...

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

cultivating an ambiance of respect - respect for nature, art, beauty

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

a French round called Vive La Vie - I spent some of my childhood summers in France at children's holiday camps and we'd sing songs like this together on long walks though the woods or by a campifre at night

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

the late John Martyn is my favourite artist of all time - he was a superbly inventive guitarist, a pioneer ahead of his time, an amazing vocalist with superb range and depth of feeling and his songs have been enduring - more than anything he communicates mood brilliantly - I like a wide range of music but the Pentangle were a big influence too my own development too

What inspires you to make music?

many of my own compositions are inspired by nature - patterns, rhythms, texture - music to me is like another dimension, a different view of the world - as, indeed are other art-forms - my best music IMHO is art-music, although I do play some covers and I endevour to be entertaining, even funny on stage

What is the message you want to send with your music?

appreciation of the beauty of nature with a view to preserving it

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

I often have nervous anticipation before a performance and then try to relax and relate to the audience with humour, then focus on the meaning of the song or tune and immerse myself into that - if I can move myself, there's a better chance the audience will feel something too

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

a better public appreciation of the hard work and enormous sacrifices professional musicians have to make - we don't value the arts very much in the UK and music is often expected to be free, which can be insulting to a pro

What do you think of Drooble?

still getting used to it - I'm only a few hours in - already several folks have liked my recording - that's nice - I like the positive ambiance - there's too much negativity in the world

What frustrates you most as a musician?

1) I like singing, working with vocalists and listening to singers - but they get the lion's share of interest - musicians do not get the appreciation they deserve - many good singers are naturals and have had little training, whereas musicians need to work very hard to master their instruments 2) the public obsession with style over substance - popular styles get far more recognition than real niche talent 3) (linked to 1) and 2) above) like may parts of industry, those at the top earn obscene amounts, while those at the bottom have to do other work to survive - this is in no-one's interest

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

I play in the local pub to help raise a little money for a music charity and have a fun night out and make friends - sometimes I just go and listen - but I do like to perform, even if I'm not paid

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

be good, really good, and be original, not a fashion victim

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