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 or 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.
Dandelion Charm live:
As a live act Dandelion Charm has been wowing festival audiences, with slots at Purbeck Valley Folk Festival, the Cropredy Fringe and Arlington's Summer Trifle Festival during the summer of 2018. Prestigious support slots for the likes of Gryphon, Trembling Bells and Glen Tilbrook won the band many new fans over the course of 2018, not to mention the packed-out launch for the EP at the Brunswick in Hove and a live session for Radio Lewes at Westgate Chapel, amongst many other memorable gigs.
Dandelion Charm in the studio:
Dandelion Charm’s debut album ‘Tiny Drop’ was released in 2015. This was followed by a five-track EP ‘Riding The Flood’ in February 2018. The duo’s exquisite studio work has received plaudits from across a range of genres – from prog to hard-rock to folk. They are currently prepairing to release their second full album on 02 November 2019. Entitled 'Maybe Dreamers' the over-arching theme of the ten track album is an exploration of collective and individual relationships with new media and the pursuit of fulfillment through consumption. The album features the duo’s signature harmonies and their custom-built jumbo twelve string guitar - Olah. "Musically, this new album is more prog and yet more accessible, with just a hint of jazz influence," adds Clare.
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Dandelion Charm – Discography:
Tiny Drop – Album - 2015
Riding The Flood – EP - 2018
Maybe Dreamers - Album - 2nd November 2019
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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