1. ‘Long Live The British Summer’ Tour

    tour B&W copy


    The fun starts tomorrow! Been great having Olivia over from the states- she’s been a great sport since I’ve needed to work during the day. Had two great rehearsals the past two evenings and we’re eager for tomorrow night’s first show.

    Most of my updates are done on Facebook so for those that do check this tonight, I’m happy to share the first secret gig is at the lovely Tigerlilly, in Leigh on Sea, Essex.

  2. Live music (17/8)

    Old Queens HeadThe summer is upon us (i.e. here in North London we’ve had two days of above 25C) and I for one am excited. The last 18 months of learning to record has been a slog- an incredible opportunity- but a slog all the same, and I am very much looking forward to the new itinirery of rehearse, travel, play, rehearse, travel, play.

    Four shows confirmed at this point and they are all at stellar venues, run by promoters that I have played with before and love music.

    The Troubadour, Earl’s Court 13th August
    Jam Cafe, Nottingham, 14th August
    The Chinnerys, Southend, 15th August (with drummer)
    The Globe, 
    wBrighton, 26th August

    [You’ll notice these blog posts are getting longer] Would love to see you at a show and to introduce Olivia Holguin (USA) who’ll be joining me at all the above shows save the final one before she whisks back off to New York. I’ll also be trying out some new material and using my new loop pedal. Meanwhile, get yourself excited by downloading Matt Gresham’s great track ‘Live Music’ by clicking on the picture. Much love and see you soon, Dan x

  3. Tour Update (10/5)


    Tour booking is coming along, slowly but surely. It’s been a tough balancing act between learning Pro Tools to make the new recordings come alive and sorting out venues in a month that’s not apparently great to be touring. Currently listening to Frank Turner and Billy Bragg in the studio to remind me why I try and spend all my spare time doing this.

    ‘Dream your dreams and go outside’

  4. welcome to 2014


    February already

    I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be touring the UK this year, in August.

    Meanwhile, listen to my last EP for free on Spotify.


  5. ‘When the Laughter Stops’ EP Available Now

    photoI am excited to announce that my brand new EP is now available on CD.

    ‘When the Laughter Stops’

    1) ‘There’s a Light’
    2) ‘Reality Check’
    3) ‘Why Is It the Hardest Thing’
    4) ‘Drive’

    Recorded between HTSC, Flat 7 and Unit Studios and then mixed in my home studio.

    Big thanks to God, my wife, Cat, Huw, Mike and Rachel.

    Click on the image to be forwarded to my online store.


  6. latest from london

    tumblr_lp7qr3HqOn1qcs4zto1_500If I could write a status about the end of a year’s musical hiatus… It’d sound like the yawn to the first line of that Clint Eastwood verse.

    (… the first single I ever bought)

    Seven months ago, at the community youth club I run, I challenged the kids to come up with some New Year’s Resolutions. One kid said he wanted to do better at school and help his mum more, whilst one of our leaders said he wanted to read a book a week. As I challenged the team to give theirs too, I thought about what I’d love to do.

    “Record two EPs. Release one in the summer and one by Christmas”

    Roll on August x

  7. summer holidays

    I don’t normally like to take a break from music, but the last 2 months have been crazy and it’s been worth it. Between getting married, moving house and starting a new job, everything dancrook.com took a back seat. Anyway, I’m alive and am still keen to tour the world. Just thought I’d reassure you all.


  8. smashing good time

    Twas a scorcher of a day down in Old Leigh and was grand to play to a good sized crowd. Having lost the setlist just before we went on, I decided to get the order written on my back, giving Mike the job of telling both me and Tim what song was coming up next. This unfortunately didn’t stop Mike from forgetting a new song that had been sounding great in rehearsal. Classic. We finished the set with a track called ‘Father’ that a good friend of ours wrote. This was an impromptu decision, made when we realised we had an extra 10 minutes (wonder why Mike…)

  9. Rock The Boat Festival

    Dear Friends

    Excited to announce that I will be playing Rock The Boat Festival in Old Leigh on the 21st July. It will be a full band affair and we’ll be playing a 45 minute set on the main stage at 5pm.

    There’s a whole host of local talent playing all day on both the 21st and 22nd.

    More details to follow

  10. thank you

    Thanks to all that came down to one of my shows on the Jubilee Weekender.




    I salute you