HOME   ARCHIVE   GALLERY   SHOP   ABOUT US      
 

 
LIFE AFTER DEATH TO THE STRANGE FOR DANIEL CLARKE
 

Star date: 6th August 2017

DANIEL CLARKE RELEASES SOLO MATERIAL

With the demise of Salford band Death To The Strange looking imminent, its frontman, Daniel Clarke, has been showcasing new solo material on the canal for the Boat Sessions, as well as hosting acoustic nights and playing some solo gigs. Ian Leslie goes along for the ride.

Full details here...


Recently, some new material from Death to the Strange's Daniel Clarke appeared online. Taking part in the inspired Boat Sessions series, he unveiled some unheard tracks on board a barge in Castlefield. It was pleasing to hear new work and see him performing and joking with an intimate audience.

Barging Back
I first encountered Daniel Clarke around seven years ago when he fronted his band Death to the Strange as they played to a packed Islington Mill. Along with co-writer John Lowndes (now Patchwork Rattlebag) they created a formidable live act and played assured and fully-formed sets that were packed with great songs.

Despite line-up changes, DTTS went on to cement a reputation as one of the best live acts on the scene. They played Beat Herder and even headlined The Ritz. However, of late, things have gone a little quiet for the band.

"I think we've probably finished" Daniel says reluctantly. It will come as a shock to those who are familiar with the group. DTTS had seemed to be bang on the zeitgeist and a certainty for bigger stages.

I ask Daniel if he feels that they came close to making it big... "People say that; I thought we had something" he concedes "It's a shame, but we lost momentum..."

Now, however, he's recorded new material for Boat Sessions*, and it's a welcome return for one of area's most popular musicians. It's an enjoyable and light-hearted session that showcases Daniel's dexterity as a guitarist and his craftsmanship as a songwriter.

Also evident is his sense of humour and refusal to take himself too seriously. I'd wholeheartedly recommend Travel on and This Time Next Year to anyone with a few minutes to listen to a great singer songwriter... "I've had a lot of positive feedback from the sessions" says Daniel "I wanted to let people see that I was still doing it."

He's passionate about music, and when he isn't playing or writing he hosts acoustic nights and encourages others to do their own thing, too. Daniel hosts weekly acoustic events in Castlefield and Salford, as well as a monthly event in Swinton.**

I ask if he has any time for his own shows to debut the new songs live and, as expected, I get a positive response... "I'm on at Man City on Saturday, I've got some private bookings and I'm playing a gig at Blossoms in Stockport..."

There is no let-up in the schedule for Daniel, who seems reinvigorated... "Oh, I've got some stuff in Germany coming up in a few weeks; playing some gigs in Hamburg" he adds.

It's a good time to get along to a Daniel Clarke gig; he is on the up and about to sign a new management deal. Some more shows will be announced shortly, in the meantime, you can see him at the following...


**ACOUSTIC NIGHTS:
The White Lion, Castlefield. Acoustic Night every Wednesday
The Crescent, Salford. Acoustic Night every Thursday
The Cock and Swine, Swinton. Every second Friday (next one 17th Aug)

SOLO GIGS:
Blossoms, Stockport 11th August.
Rum 100 Festival, Sunday 10th September

*To view Daniel Clarke's Boat Sessions on YouTube click here and click here and click here and click here


Words by Ian Leslie

Please enter your comment below:
 
 
 
Salford Star Hoodies
Salford Star contact
Deli Lama
advertisement
 
Contact us
phone: 07957 982960
Facebook       Twitter
 
 
Recent comments
article: COMMUNITY HAMMERS SALFORD CITY COUNCIL OVER BUILE HILL PARK HOUSING PROPOSALS
The fact is this Labour run council don't listen to the people of Salford.I stated quite clear how they could fund the renovation ... [more]
article: CANNABIS SHOP IN SALFORD OPENS
@ Cody, error massage, it’s censorship, it’s either the star it self doing it or algorithms. It stops certain words or phrases wor... [more]
article: SALFORD LISTED DIRTY OLD TOWN GASWORKS TO BE DEMOLISHED AS PEGGY SEEGER SLATES ‘LAND GRABBERS’
A few years ago we organised a day out to Flamingo Land for the local children. On passing the Gasworks one little voice asked Is ... [more]
article: DEMOLITION TEAM MOVES IN ON SALFORD DIRTY OLD TOWN GASWORKS
In my opinion they're part of Salford's heritage, they should be kept. There's plenty of other brownfield land in Salford to build... [more]
article: DEMOLITION TEAM MOVES IN ON SALFORD DIRTY OLD TOWN GASWORKS
It's got nothing to do with our "Council", the demolition was agreed to by the National Grid (who own the gas works), because the ... [more]
 
 
 
 
 
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
 
 
 

Donate

Help the Salford Star...

all donations welcome

 
 

More articles...

MIKE JOYCE AND CLINT BOON AT SALFORD LADS CLUB

Star date: 26th May 2018

MUSIC AND STORIES WITH FORMER SMITHS AND INSPIRALS STARS

An Evening of Music, Stories and Top Trumps
Friday 15th June 8pm
Salford Lads Club £10 advance/£12 on door

A special in-conversation fundraising evening is happening at Salford Lads Club on 15th June, with Mike Joyce of The Smiths and Clint Boon from Inspiral Carpets. All profits go to Salford Lads Club.

Full details here...

DEMOLITION TEAM MOVES IN ON SALFORD DIRTY OLD TOWN GASWORKS

Star date: 25th May 2018

MORE HERITAGE TO DISAPPEAR AS EWAN MACCOLL GASWORKS DEMOLITION BEGINS

A demolition team has moved onto the site of Salford's iconic gasworks on Liverpool Street, made world famous by Ewan MacColl's Dirty Old Town anthem.

Ewan MacColl's wife and songwriting partner, Peggy Seeger, slated the 'land grabbing' move and proposed an alternative use that could be "somewhere unlike anywhere in the world" when news first broke of the demolition last year. This has been ignored  and now another slice of Salford's dwindling heritage is set to disappear...

Full details here...

SALFORD CITY COUNCIL SACKS URBAN VISION

Star date: 24th May 2018

SALFORD COUNCIL ENDS CONTROVERSIAL URBAN VISION CONTRACT

Salford Council is to end its controversial contract with joint venture company Urban Vision, after years of accusations that the company was grossly profiteering from public money projects.

Salford Council has a 19.9% stake in Urban Vision but up until recently never even got a dividend from the profits. The Council is set to end the 'joint venture' when the current contract runs out in 2020.

Full details here...

COMMUNITY HAMMERS SALFORD CITY COUNCIL OVER BUILE HILL PARK HOUSING PROPOSALS

Star date: 23rd May 2018

COUNCIL UPS PRICE OF BUILE HILL MANSION PROJECT TO OVER £20MILLION AS PLANS MET WITH SCORN FROM COMMUNITY

Last night, a packed stormy meeting of the Claremont and Weaste Community Committee left Salford City Council in no doubt that any plans to build houses in Buile Hill Park as part of a deal to restore the Grade 2 listed Mansion will be met with fierce opposition.

Salford Council's Assistant Director of the Environment revealed to the meeting that Salford Red Devils Foundation, one of the driving partners of the project, hadn't even signed the controversial Memorandum of Understanding yet – and that the £1.6million cost of restoring the Mansion would have to be met with £1million a year to sustain it, giving a figure of over £20million.

Full details here...

SONGS AND CEREMONIES AS MANCHESTER REMEMBERS ARENA ATTACK

Star date: 22nd May 2018

ONE YEAR ON...

One year on from the Manchester Arena attack, today sees the Manchester Together – With One Voice event this evening in Albert Square from 7pm to 9pm, and Remembering Together, a civic reception this afternoon at Manchester Cathedral.

Meanwhile, local band Prose and the Manchester Survivors Choir have teamed up to raise money for those affected by the Manchester Arena bomb, with the track A City United.

Full details here...

 



written and produced by Salfordians for Salfordians
with attitude and love xxx