Dan James has been a full time professional musician since 1997. When he's not writing music or gigging he does this and that (mostly that!).
Dan writes stories about people and their visceral struggle for existence - the hardships of fishermen, farmers and miners and the injustices of their lives.
He derives much inspiration from the landscape - he loves the bleak post industrial landscape of Blaenavon and being high up in the mountains, as it's a great place to think and be creative.
There's also the great widescreen skies of Lincolnshire and the bleak fenland, mudflats and misty shorelines, not to mention the old parts of Worcester city centre and Rainbow Hill.
He's been a wide range of bands, mostly very obscure, encompassing psychadelic, jazz punk, green agit pop, blues, modern jazz (be-bop), Hot Club jazz, folk rock and folk.
The folk band, Firebrand, got a very nice fRoots review, and a couple of years of top flight folk festival gigs.
They also appeared on the compilation CD 'Best of British Folk', alongside such luminaries as Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span.
Dan's best ever gig was the 25th Anniversary year of the Glastonbury festival, with the folk rock band Reincarnation, in front of a crowd approaching 10,000.
That got onto Channel 4, but no one recognised the band as they were all painted green, playing on the back of a truck!
You can listen to all the latest music from across the two counties on the Friday Session Introducing... every week from 7pm, on BBC Hereford & Worcester.
last updated: 21/02/2009 at 16:28
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