Don't miss Daniel Anderson performing live at The Source Arts Centre this May

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Don't miss Daniel Anderson performing live at The Source Arts Centre this May

Daniel Anderson will perform live at The Source Arts Centre in Thurles on Saturday, May 7th at 9pm.

It was toward the end of a two-year stint working as a manual tradesperson on building sites when Daniel Anderson decided to alter course and pursue a career in music.

The Anderson family home was steeped in song craft. Classic pop, rock n’roll and soul emanated from the record deck and radio throughout Daniel’s formative years. This was the craft he dreamt of trading in. However the road less travelled proved to be far longer and more arduous than anticipated.

Daniel served his musical apprenticeship fronting The Rags, an ambitious and confrontational Dublin outfit who imploded at the end of the decade now tellingly referred to as the noughties. Despite ticking off every box in the ‘how not to be in a band’ checklist, Daniel survived a succession of destructive line-up, label and managerial changes to see the release of a remarkably coherent and persuasive record (‘A National Light’ in 2010). The album campaign was over before it began, however, as departing band mates found their calling away from music, leaving Daniel worse off than when he’d started.

Granted a small plot of land by his godfather in the Dublin suburbs, Daniel returned to his background in DIY resourcefulness and laid the foundations for his future. The approach for each step of the process was simple and unromantic: research. Build. Sleep. Repeat.

Self-education was the only answer and for a time a growing pile of reference books ('Build Your Own Soundproof Home', 'The Art of Mixing', 'How To Play Piano' & 'Dummies Guide To Pro Tools') took precedence over the literary classics on the bookshelf.

Over the course of eighteen months Daniel not only built a recording studio from scratch, but also followed the self-taught philosophy for the creation of the music; writing, arranging, performing and mixing a collection of songs to the impeccably high standard of his all-time favourite records.

The result is ‘Patterns’, a beautifully-realised debut solo collection (September 2015), a limited edition vinyl and CD package. ‘Patterns’ emerged as one of 2015’s stand out records which also appeared on a number of album-of-the-year lists.

To coincide with the release of his new single 'The Existential Vacuum' Daniel Anderson announced a solo tour of some of the country’s most intimate venues. These shows will reveal the stripped back origins of the songs on the richly arranged album ‘Patterns’ as Anderson performs the entire record on solo piano and acoustic guitar. And, The Source arts Centre is one of those lucky venues.

Daniel Anderson will perform live at The Source Arts Centre in Thurles on Saturday, May 7th at 9pm.

For all bookings and enquiries please call the box office on 0504 90204 (Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday 2-5pm) or book online at

Nenagh Arts Centre

'Small Plastic Wars' will feature at the Nenagh Arts Centre on Friday, April 22nd April at 8pm (tickets are priced at €15 - €12.50 with a concession). Joe has been made redundant and he’s been kicking around the house too much and is starting to get under his wife’s feet. This is an amusing account of how one man turned to an unfilled dream to bridge that void. On his wife’s advice he starts to build some of the many unbuilt model kits he has accumulated.

The Nenagh Arts Centre will feature Sean O'Connor's 'American Folk Songbook' on Saturday, April 23rd at 8pm (tickets are priced at €15 - €12 with concession). Sean O’Connor - folk singer, musician, poet and writer - returns to Nenagh to perform his 'American Folk Songbook' after a very enjoyable show here last June. The show features songs from Woodie Guthrie to Bob Dylan and covers a range of American folk genres from traditional, country, gospel and bluegrass.

Box office: 067 34400.

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