Newhaven-based Dandelion Charm combine prog, folk and rock influences into a luxurious blend of intricate harmonies, soaring melodies, superb musicianship and heartfelt lyrics. Imagine Fleetwood Mac meets Opeth and CSN meets Yes.
Very much a personal as well as a creative partnership Dandelion Charm sprang to life in 2015, the brainchild of John and Clare Fowler. Performing as a duo, trio or with a full band they have been memorably described as ‘like Fleetwood Mac without the drama’. The drama, of course, is to be found in the songs themselves.
As Clare explains, “The themes we deal with in our songs are not frivolous ones. They are all about aspects of real life, things that we’ve seen or been part of. Fear and self-doubt, optimism and determination, family, relationships and addiction are some of the emotions and situations we explore.”
With a background working in a commercial studio, John brings over twenty years of song-writing and production experience to Dandelion Charm. Clare, meanwhile, is a long-time visual artist and performer and her love of storytelling manifests itself in her heartfelt lyrics and emotive delivery. There are three key elements to Dandelion Charm, however: John, Clare and ‘Olah’ - the latter being John’s custom-built jumbo twelve-string guitar which is central to both the songwriting process and Dandelion Charm’s live performances.
Dandelion Charm’s debut album ‘Tiny Drop’ was released in 2015, attracting extremely positive reviews and picking up airplay across a number of radio stations. This was followed up by a five-track EP ‘Riding The Flood’ released in February 2018 which has brought the duo’s exquisite studio work to much wider attention, receiving plaudits from across a number of genres – from prog to hard-rock to folk.
Live performances of 2018 include: supporting progressive rock legends Gryphon, Scottish folk rock band Trembling Bells, playing Cropredy Fringe in Field 8, and Purbeck Valley Folk Festival.
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Dandelion Charm – Discography:
Tiny Drop – Album - 2015
Riding The Flood – EP - 2018
When performing with a full band, John Fowler (guitars, vocals) and Clare Fowler (vocals) are joined by Bob Burke (guitar, backing vocals), Jim Bryan (bass), Philip Wickens (keyboards) and Ivan Pledge/Rob Biss (drums).
“We are so lucky to be a able to perform our songs with such brilliant players,” says John.
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