The Scene: One-off gig from icon Dan Donovan

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An underground rock icon will celebrate the 20th anniversary of his first solo album with a one-off gig.

Dan Donovan will bring his dark folk-rock sound to the Voodoo Lounge at Mama Liz’s in Stamford from 8.15pm tonight (Friday).

The gig will look back at Dan’s first solo album, Trashbone Thang, which was released in 1993.

The singer has a storied history, having formed Tribe of Dan in 1992. According to Dan himself the band were peaking, getting louder, and Dan was on the verge of imploding.

He took a breakdown and found solace in the dark English fens where he crafted a sound that Kerrang! described as sounding like it was written by candlelight and mulled wine.

Scottish label, Sticky Music released Trashbone Thang in 1993. The album retained some hardened fans of Tribe of Dan but opened up a whole new bag of followers.

Goths loved it because it was dark, folkies loved it because it was rootsy and fragile, hippies loved it because it was trippy and blues rockers loved it because it had groove.

Most fans couldn’t pigeonhole Trashbone Thang and embraced it for its individual sound.

Dan toured the project in the UK, Holland and Belgium with the Middleton brothers Matt (drums) and Rickster (bass) and went on to release more solo albums for a number of years.

These days Dan performs with the band King Kool but for one night only he’s taking a break and has called on the Middleton brothers to play with him at this one off show on the 20th anniversary of the release of Trashbone Thang.

The gig will be a one-off performance and promises to be a rich evening of sound, with support from Neil Cousin, Litvinenko and Burning Codes.

The first band starts at 8.15pm. Tickets are £5 on the door or £4 in advance from WeGotTickets.

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