Dean Friedman announces extensive summer/autumn 2012 UK tour
Posted: 15th March 2012
Dates include Edinburgh residencies and two shows in London - on sale now
Writing articles about certain artists' tours can get a bit samey after a while - band members meet at High School, form group, pick a name, produce detritus no-one likes then split up. Or, singer-songwriter travels the world (i.e. Bracknell and Brighton) and insists on boring the lugholes off the populace with tales of poverty, heartbreak and life being crap. Sometimes it's best to stay in and watch the telly, hmmm?
Dean Friedman, on the other hand, is far from boring. In fact, throughout his varied career, the American song-smith has tried his hand at lots of musical styles since debuting during the most difficult cultural era of all - punk. Friedman was as far from punk as you could imagine. Instead, he wrote charming ineffectual songs such as 'Ariel', 'McDonald's Girl' and 'Woman of Mine'. In 1978, he hit gold with the memorable smash-hit 'Lucky Stars' and the lesser-known 'Lydia', before heading back into relative obscurity. Well, obscurity of a sort.
During the '80s, his music appeared in the hit TV-series, 'Boon', as well as several US TV programmes on Nickelodeon and NBC. In the '90s, his attentions turned to video game designing and software development. In the UK, eccentric indie-rockers Half Man Half Biscuit devoted an EP's title to him, while Ben Folds Five acknowledged his influence on their work. He's released countless kids' songs on CD and even a potty-mouth disc of adult songs. Is there no end to this man's talents? Apparently not.
Later this year, Friedman will be wheeling out his treasured songs for an enormous stack of live shows, including a couple of weeks' worth in Edinburgh during the Fringe season. Beforehand, however, Friedman will be appearing in Kinross on 3rd August, followed by Glasgow on the 4th. Then it's off to the Scottish capital for week-long stints at the Sweet Grassmarket and Malmaison Hotel before leaving Edinburgh after a closing show at the Voodoo Rooms.
In September and October, Dean Friedman heads south for the final leg of his tour. Shoreham-on-Sea is the first night on 28th Sep, followed by Crawley, Southampton and many more, including two nights in Islington, before finishing in Abertillery on 27th Oct and Omagh on 1st Nov. Tickets for all shows are available now, priced between £16.50 and £30 (depending on location).
- Fri 23rd Apr 2021 Dean Friedman Galeri (Caernarfon) Buy Tickets
- Sat 24th Apr 2021 Dean Friedman, Boothby Graffoe Waterside Arts Centre (Sale) Buy Tickets
- Sun 25th Apr 2021 Dean Friedman Barnoldswick Arts Centre (Lancashire) Buy Tickets
- Wed 28th Apr 2021 Dean Friedman The Philharmonic Hall (Liverpool) Buy Tickets
- Sun 2nd May 2021 Dean Friedman The Constitutional (Leeds) Buy Tickets
- Wed 5th May 2021 Dean Friedman Pizza Express Live Birmingham (Birmingham) Buy Tickets
- Thu 6th May 2021 Dean Friedman, Boothby Graffoe The Y Theatre (Leicester) Buy Tickets
- Fri 7th May 2021 Dean Friedman St John's Church - Farncombe (Godalming) Buy Tickets
- Sat 8th May 2021 Dean Friedman Landmark Arts Centre (Teddington) Buy Tickets
- Sun 9th May 2021 Dean Friedman, Boothby Graffoe The Deco (Northampton) Buy Tickets
- Mon 10th May 2021 Dean Friedman The Crooked Billet - Henley-on-Thames (Oxfordshire) Buy Tickets
- Tue 11th May 2021 Dean Friedman The Crooked Billet - Henley-on-Thames (Oxfordshire) Buy Tickets
- Wed 12th May 2021 Dean Friedman The Mission Theatre (Bath) Buy Tickets
- Fri 14th May 2021 Dean Friedman Acapela (Cardiff) Buy Tickets
- Sat 22nd May 2021 Dean Friedman The Shinfield Players Theatre (Reading) Buy Tickets
- Thu 15th Jul 2021 Dean Friedman, Boothby Graffoe The Concorde Club & Hotel (Eastleigh) Buy Tickets
- Fri 16th Jul 2021 Dean Friedman, Boothby Graffoe Fairfield Halls/ Arnhem Gallery (Croydon) Buy Tickets
- Sat 17th Jul 2021 Dean Friedman, Boothby Graffoe Harpenden Public Halls (Hertfordshire) Buy Tickets
- Sun 18th Jul 2021 Dean Friedman Pizza Express (Maidstone) Buy Tickets
- Mon 19th Jul 2021 Dean Friedman The Fleur De Lys - Didcot (Oxfordshire) Buy Tickets
- Thu 22nd Jul 2021 Dean Friedman The Barn At The Black Boy (Kidderminster) Buy Tickets
- Thu 29th Jul 2021 Dean Friedman The Running Horse (Nottingham) Buy Tickets
- Sat 7th Aug 2021 Dean Friedman, Boothby Graffoe Oran Mor (Glasgow) Buy Tickets
- Sun 8th Aug 2021 Dean Friedman Macrobert Centre (Stirling) Buy Tickets
- Wed 11th Aug 2021 Dean Friedman Clarks (Dundee) Buy Tickets