Dan Whitehouse’s musical therapy

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A SINGER songwriter who harnesses the power of music as therapy will take to the stage in Washington.

By day Dan Whitehouse delivers workshops and co-writing sessions with vulnerable adults using rhythm to help accident victims regain memory loss and he even customises instruments for those with disabilities.

By night, he promotes his self-titled debut album which is released on May 23, and will play Arts Centre Washington on April 23.

Speaking about his music workshops, in which he uses songs and melodies to trigger memories, he said: “As well as sustaining myself, the work helps with my internal tug of war, between the selfish artist, all insular and self-obsessed and the community member keen to share my passion for music and writing.”

Dan, who was originally born in Wolverhampton, but now lives in Birmingham, has already supported artists such as Josh Ritter, Peter Green and Caitlin Rose, and has in the past been commissioned to compose and perform a song for the politics show on BBC, Inside Out.

His album features pedal steel player BJ Cole on two tracks Know Me and When We Were Sleeping.

Following on from his three EPs (The Balloon, The Bubble, The Box), Dan’s debut album is acoustic at heart.

Dan’s father worked in radio and his parent’s record collection ignited his passion for music as a child: “I was drawn to soul singers like Wilson Pickett/Otis Redding and songwriters such as Neil Young, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne and Elton John.

“In recent years I’ve loved Ron Sexsmith, John Grant, Eels, Anthony and Loney, Dear.”

l For tickets to Dan Whitehouse at Arts Centre Washington tel. 219 3455.

l For more on Dan’s music visit www.dan-whitehouse.com