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Dan Jordan

Songwriter | Storyteller

 
 
 
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Behind the Music

About Dan Jordan.

Born and raised in Wales, slowly shifting across the map, rolling from sleepy, tucked away towns and villages, (the types of places whose names seem  hazily familiar but are scarcely recalled) and onward to the city-scapes, all the while taking in off-the-cuff inspiration, inspiration that is then moulded into what could be called “songs”. A collection of intimate stories and broad observations. A disgruntled library that gathers dust in the mind until they are call upon once more.


A Conversation:


There has rarely been a moment where Dan has not been part of a music scene (in some form or another). Dan explains, “It seems that, wherever you are or wherever you base yourself, musicians just…emerge, they surround you and form around each other as if there is a natural instinct that draws us to like-minded people”.


After years of playing on many other’s songs, Dan started to write more and more of his own tales and musings. On writing as part of a band, Dan says, "There are always things that you feel need to be said or stories that you want to tell but they don’t always translate whilst wearing another man’s suit - and I mean that graciously”. And so, song writing became more of a solo endeavour. He explains that, “it was a nice feeling to ‘come home’, to find my own way of conveying a story for the first time without having to stray into the potentially muddy rivers, caused by sharing a song between many cooks”.


With the exception of the obvious first album (seemingly written “in a haze” with Bob Dylan records playing on his mind) Dan says that any influences, either musically or artistically, have never been, “consciously mimicked on the records”. In the case of the first album, Dan was, “looking for a simple, musical style as a means of direction”. After this, he realised that, as long as the core stories are there, this "style" could find him instead and so the ethos seemed to be "let's see what comes out naturally". If any influences have indeed seeped into the way Dan writes over the years since, then he hasn’t noticed and nor does he seem to really care. Instead, Dan explains, “I love hearing people tell me who my influences are instead – musically, I have no clue! I've always thought that one is not the best person to describe oneself, so in that regard, I don't have an opinion either way”. Everything and nothing?


In a way, it may be that any limitations could very well be Dan’s greatest distinction. In his own words, “I have never called myself a guitarist, a pianist, a singer. I'd feel like a fraud if I were to label myself with these wonderful titles. What is important to me is that I can convey my stories in a simple manner”. Dan goes on to explain that, “Generally, I try not to put too much thought into the music. Once the chords are in place, I usually run with the first idea I get for any of the parts. It’s very natural, fluid. They’re usually recorded in one or two takes and as soon as that track is down, I forget about it and move on. It’s a quick process. It takes longer to re-learn the songs so that we can play them live! But I like this way of recording and writing, it’s organic in the way that they seem a lot more alive when improvised, you get lovely, nuanced moments to your song this way, it’s very of the moment, not forced”.


The songs are also recorded using scrounged instruments and recording spaces that were 'utilize' when the opportunities presented themselves. This may go to some way in explaining the sometimes erratic soundscapes and crude recordings within the older records. As Dan explains, “You don't need to pick up the best or most fancy instruments to get your point across. That's why I’m not too bothered by the roughness on some of the tracks. Hopefully, I like to think that I can scrape by on the merit of a half decent song or tale”. 


Now a trio, Dan’s good friends Sam and Patti (who both feature on the newer albums) make up "The Warbirds". With Sam’s wonderful electric guitar touch, tone and expression and Patti’s technical and soulful playing style on violin, “The Warbirds” are a perfect backing to Dan’s story-telling. Recording new material as and when the mood hits them,  they have also taken the time to re-work all the ‘classics’ from back- catalogue to play live and are very much looking forward to meeting you all down the road soon!

 

News

| DAN JORDAN - ON THE AIRWAVES |

   May, 2021



This week, tune in and listen to some fantastic stations from the UK, USA, Canada and Australia, all of which will be featuring Dan Jordan's brand-new single; "Slow Burn":


SUNDAY 16th MAY:


  • MIDDAY - U & I Radio (Wales/Cardiff)   |  Listen live: click here.

  • 3PM - KB Indy Radio (Canada)  |  Listen live: click here.

  • 8PM - Blues & Roots Radio (Canada)  |  Listen live: click here. 

WEDNESDAY 19th MAY:


  • 7PM – Banks Radio (Australia)  |  Listen live: click here.

  • 8PM - U & I Radio (Wales/Cardiff)   |  Listen live: click here.

THURSDAY 20th MAY:


  • 11PM - Fasching Web Radio (Canada) |  |  Listen live: click here. 


FRIDAY 21st MAY:


  • 8PM - Radio Wigwam (UK)  |  Listen live: click here. 


*A big thank you, to you all for playing our songs!*

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| NEW SINGLE, "SLOW BURN" - OUT SOON. |

  April, 2021

Hope you are all doing well?! 

   As like most artists, Dan has been busy working away on some new tunes during the lock-down. Well, 

exciting times indeed because, the new single; "Slow Burn", is finally ready!

   Want to be among the first to hear it? For details on how, where and when, simply follow our social-media and watch out for notifications. Not long now!

   As always, thank you all for your support and kindness. Stay safe!

"Slow Burn" written by: Dan Jordan.

Performed by: Dan Jordan and featuring: Sam Harman.

Single taken from the forthcoming album "Road To Ruin".

Album photography by: Liz Foster.

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| ON THE HORIZON... |

   January, 2021

Firstly; HAPPY NEW YEAR!

A huge thank you to everyone for their wonderful support during 2020. As with most musicians, gigs have been, understandably, in short supply, so it means a lot that you folks are checking-in to listen to our tunes! 

Whilst we are waiting to get back on the road, we are using the time to record new material. So, stay tuned for news and updates as we continue to work on our 8th record - the follow-up album to our last release; "Smoke Signals".

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| DAN JORDAN - FEATURED ARTIST ON "PURE WEST RADIO"! |

   October, 2020

   This Sunday be sure to tune into "Pure West Radio" where Dan Jordan will be the featured "artist of the week". The hour-long show will feature songs from the latest studio release "Smoke Signals" as well as some background on the recording process as well as music from local artists.

   As always, a big thank you goes out to the great host BB Skone for his amazing support! :)


7PM - Sunday 11th Oct: Listen live here: Pure West Radio

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| "SMOKE SIGNALS", THE NEW E.P. - AVAILABLE NOW! |

  September, 2020

Available now on digital platforms, the new E.P. by Dan Jordan, featuring 4 original tracks:

"Darlin', Don't Go Easy"

"Water Horse"

"Bronze And Blue"

"Assume I'm Wearing Black"

Take a listen by clicking on the links below and, as always, a big thank you for all of your amazing support! :)

Spotify: click here

iTunes: click here

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| "LIVE TAKES" (PART II) - OUT NOW! |

   September, 2020

   Before the lock-down of 2020, "The Warbirds" walked into a small room, drank and recorded many of their tunes as they like to play them live. Dan, Sam and Patti are now pleased to say that you can now listen to the second half of the "Live Takes" session.

   A great many songs were recorded so why not take a listen to "Live Takes - Part 1"and let us know what you think on our facebook page? As always, a big thank you for all of your amazing support! :)


LIVE TAKES (PART I):

Spotify: click here

iTunes: click here

LIVE TAKES (PART II):

Spotify: click here

iTunes: click here

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Discography

 

Road To Ruin

2021 TBC

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In progress...

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Lyrics

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Ballad Of Bob Dylan

2011

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War Is On

2016

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King After Midnight

2018

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Wine, Spirits, Tobacco

2020

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Live Takes (Part I)

2020

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Live Takes (Part II)

2020

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Smoke Signals

2020

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Road To Ruin

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Album / Single Reviews

 

"SLOW BURN" 

“Slow Burn” is the new single by trio Dan Jordan & The Warbirds.


The track is a slow paced simple composition with lyrics spoken. The theme is one of feeling a strange comfort in a lie “to keep building on this lie just to watch it burn away”. It would appear to be more of a poem about letting something go, whether it’s yourself, a situation or life. Dan himself is described as a songwriter and storyteller. I feel “Slow Burn” has that storytelling vibe, and sometimes that can portray more emotion than vocals over a full band.


The lyrics are ambiguous, the slow burn could be a description about depression,
addiction, loss or breakdown of a relationship, maybe the emotional chaos thrown upon us during lockdowns and uncertainty over the past year. One of the most obvious things is the feeling of aiming or searching for something meaningless (“If it doesn’t mean a thing why bother to see it through?”)


“Slow Burn” is quite an unusual song, the story or poetic feel gives it more of a unique edge. Definitely something different which stands out from the rest.

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"SMOKE SIGNALS" - E.P.

For a song to bear repeated hearings, it has to have not only an appealing unity of music and words, but also a certain depth and mystery.

The tracks on the new four-track EP, Smoke Signals, from Pembrokeshire singer/songwriter Dan Jordan tick all those boxes beautifully.

On Darlin’, Don’t Go Easy Dan’s gruff, unearthly voice, the heavy lyrics and the swampy feel are strongly reminiscent of some of the fine work Bob Dylan created in the 1980s and 1990s with Daniel Lanois in the producer’s chair. The atmosphere is palpably electric.

Dan says that Water Horse originates from the Pembrokeshire version of a Welsh folk tale about “a creature that resides close to water and has the ability to change form to lure and play tricks on lost travellers”. It’s certainly spooky stuff and here, with the insistent rhythm, and Dan’s rough poetics offset by the pure vocals of Julie Urquhart, there are shades of Leonard Cohen.

A touch of Neil Young-esque harmonica takes us into Bronze and Blue, another slice of lyrical mystery.


And the record ends with Assume I’m Wearing Back which has more of that Dylan/Cohen/Kurt Weill Sprechstimme (half-spoken, half-sung) delivery, this time in waltz time. “When I said I loved you, it was wild exaggeration…” is such a great line…

The fact I’ve mentioned other great singers and songwriters here is meant as a compliment not a criticism. Dan Jordan definitely has his own voice and his own approach to singing, writing and recording. The stripped back instrumentation, mostly provided by Dan, on Smoke Signals, has more impact than a full-blown production ever could. Everything in this bare setting seems to be in its rightful place and creates real drama .

Smoke signals, along with rhythms and voices, are among the oldest forms of human communication – often sending out a warning. These Smoke Signals from Dan Jordan are very clear: they announce the presence among us of a notable poetic and musical talent.

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"SMOKE SIGNALS" - E.P.

It's been a busy year for Dan Jordan with some high profile (and high quality) releases. His Tom Waits / Leonard Cohen / Dylan / Brecht delivery is very well suited to the songs and, if anything, makes them stand out from the usual fare ! Think darkened rooms with a smoky haze, a barman polishing glasses - it's a scene straight out of LA confidential, but what makes this instalment different is the inclusion of strings on the opening track. And you know what ? It really works, as does the Hammond on 'Bronze & Blue'. Smoke Signals is like the big brother to what's come before and it's like watching a favourite child reach, if not adulthood, maybe its teenage years - we can only hold our breath and see what comes next. Whatever it is you can bet it'll be something special !

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"BRONZE & BLUE"

A game, noble attempt at locking Bob Dylan and Neil Young in a room with Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen (and Lou Reed) to write a song together. This one has it all in terms of sonic cultural referencing, and although it can't ever be the equal of its aspirational role models, it is a compelling example of what happens when an artist wears his heart (of gold?) on his sleeve without apology. To be honest, I've always wanted to do the Cohen vocal thing, so maybe I should quit while I'm ahead and just put a call into this guy for some lessons.

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"BRONZE & BLUE"

“A very idiosyncratic style, somewhere between Charles Bukowski and Leonard Cohen”

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"BRONZE & BLUE"

Dan is a singer/songwriter from Wales and this is the second review we have done for him after his very impressive last album; "Wine, Spirits, Tobacco".

Bronze and Blue continues Dan's amazing storytelling. With his very unique and distinctive voice this song has all the makings of being another great success.

One thing that always stands out for me is the musical backing of the song. I love a good tune, one that leaves you wanting to continue through by keeping you gripped and Dan has this down to tee. His storytelling is another stand out feature of the songs. You get a sense of Bob Dylan meets David Attenborough, a weird analogy, I know, but you have that song style of Bob Dylan mixed in with the silk and warming vocals of David Attenborough -  this gives you "Bronze and Blue".


I am a big fan of Dan and his music. His uniqueness and his originality continues to stand out and we can't wait to hear what is next.

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"WINE, SPIRITS, TOBACCO"

Comparisons with Tom Waits are always going to be made with Dan Jordan's "Warbirds" but the question is whether this is a good thing in a time when we're losing our cultural heroes to the old Grim Reaper. We need new heroes to carry the torch onward and provide an escape from the mundanities of life. That's not to say that poor old Tom Waits is going anywhere just yet - but it's good to be prepared !

Dan is slowly building up an impressive back catalogue of music and since 2011 has released 4 albums, starting with the "Ballad of Bob Dylan", "War Is On" and "King After Midnight" - this most recent, "Wine, Spirits, Tobacco" is quite possibly his most satisfying to date. It's a well rounded collection of original songs delivered stylishly and not lacking in commercial punch with even touches of Johnny Cash's impudent swagger.

The perfect soundtrack to the latest dust bowl drama from Netflix - we love it.

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"WINE, SPIRITS, TOBACCO"

We recently listened to the new album from Dan Jordan (and his shopping list): Wine, Spirits, Tobacco.

A very intriguing opening, really soothing vocals, lovely backing and yeah, it works so well - so Bob Dylan. This is the opening song "Blood and Tears". Dan's voice, as unusual as it is, really keeps me gripped. It’s like he’s telling you a story and you want to know where it’s going next. This is shown on "You All Lose Your Charm (In The End)". I also really enjoyed the guitar solo in this song, reminds me a bit of Chris Rea.

"Leave Them Alone", "Corpse Candles" and "Gosiame" continue this laid back, country/folk storytelling - Really enjoying this album so far. Musically the backing is amazing, vocally, I have never heard vocals done this way before and I am so very impressed.

"Bridges Burn (Dirt and County)"; this is a lovely song and continues the story perfectly. "Ode to Love, These Wasted Years", this is my highlight of the album. Amazing backing, the song fits Dan’s voice perfectly. Though I really enjoyed listening to this, I can’t get "The First Noel" our of my head now.

"Holding On" and "Lonesome Country Blues #13" finish off this really wonderful album.


Overall, a few words really describe this album; Unique, edgy, storytelling. It's so intriguing that it works to perfection. I really can’t wait until the next time I get music from Dan, I really enjoyed this.


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"KING AFTER MIDNIGHT"

Taking inspiration from (in his own words) the “crude” recording approach of the country/folk artists of the early twentieth century, Cardiff based singer/songwriter and storyteller Dan Jordan in 'King After Midnight' has created a atmospheric album that wears the influences of Tom Waits, Bob Dylan and the like on its sleeve. With Dan creating the artwork as well as engineering the Recording & Mixing this is a true 'home-brew' album that reminds us that there is still a place in the modern world for music in which the heart lies in the moment; of which Dan states “The songs on these records have always been very 'of the time/moment' and like to think that the crude recordings kinda reflect this; I mean the recordings themselves are mostly made up of first takes!”.


Opening track 'Blood Ash Hill' is the stand out track for me in this album, weaving ominous & abstract lyrics with a brooding groove telling a tale of a vengeful figure fighting corruption and evil. This is an album that doesn't stand still shifting from the aforementioned brooding feel of 'Blood Ash Hill' to the melodic 'Bring Me Back' then later in the album the riff-y 'Rebelvision' which would not sound out of place if backed by Crazy Horse.


Over its forty-eight minutes, 'King After Midnight' delivers a varied set of songs with its influences of heavily felt. A less direct and obscure feel than Dan's previous protest-centric effort - 2016's 'War Is On...' this album shows a shift to the ominous which suits the delivery. 

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Gallery

Featuring Photographs and works by: Nikola Rysová

Dan Jordan: Collection

Dan Jordan: Collection

Photo by: Nikola Rysová

Dan & Sam

Dan & Sam

Live At Swansea

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Dan Jordan: Collection

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Dan, Sam & Patti

Dan, Sam & Patti

Dan Jordan & The Warbirds

Dan Jordan: Collection

Dan Jordan: Collection

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Dan & Sam

Dan & Sam

Pre-Gig

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Dan Jordan: Collection

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Dan & Sam

Dan & Sam

Live In Cardiff

Dan Jordan & The Warbirds

Dan Jordan & The Warbirds

Live At Newcastle

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Dan Jordan: Collection

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Dan Jordan: Collection

Dan Jordan: Collection

Photo by: Nikola Rysová

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Dan Jordan

Portrait

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Technical Difficulties

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Studio Time

 
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