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"Dandelion Charm from Newhaven England blend Folk, Prog and Rock with a sound reminiscent of the late 60’s and early 70’s. Imagine Fleetwood Mac meets Opeth, CSN meets Yes. Their skilfully crafted songs reveal a love of intricate harmonies and epic outros. They tell emotional stories of tumultuous relationships and misinterpreted perceptions, both lived and witnessed".
That's a fairly accurate description of Dandelion Charm in a nut shell! We are John and Clare Fowler. We are married and have been writing and performing together for about fifteen years. John spent his late teens and twenties working in a commercial studio, he brings 20+ years of song writing and production experience to Dandelion Charm. I (Clare) have been a long time visual artist and performer with a love of storytelling. We have often been compared to Fleetwood Mac's Buckingham/Nicks as a song writing duo (but we don't fight like they did). A fan described us like this... "if John’s the brain of Dandelion Charm then Clare’s the heart". In the centre of our writing process and live performance is Olah; John’s custom built jumbo twelve string guitar.
How would you describe your influences and how have they changed over the years?
Between us we have a really wide and eclectic taste in music. John grew up in Sussex listening mostly to Thrash while I was in Bristol as the first influences of Hip Hop were filtering into England. Good job were didn't meet till later in life, we defined ourselves by the music we listened to in those days and were in very different "gangs". We wouldn't have looked at each other twice!! The fact that we started our musical journeys from very different places has meant that we have a rich source of influences to draw from when writing for Dandelion Charm. We really like the juxtaposing of opposites, we love the three part harmony of CSN as much as the Death Metal vocals of Opeth's Michael Akerfeldt. Light and shade dynamics and how they enable each other is everything to us!! Bowie, Steely Dan, Steven Wilson and Porcupine Tree, Joni Mitchel are a given. Yes, Rush, King Crimson and Genesis are also huge influences on the progressive element of Dandelion Charm. Our musical tastes have certainly developed over time but the good stuff will always endure. There is always a special place for your first musical love, like Cryptic Slaughter (a fave of John's), which is a step too far for me!!
What´s new right now?
Our big news is that we are releasing a new EP called Riding the Flood on 11th February 2018 and it will be formally launched with a special gig on that day. We will be performing songs from the EP with a full band at the Brunswick, Hove’s premier music and arts venue. We’ve been rehearsing with some incredible musicians to bring to life John’s epic production and we can't wait to get it out there. The themes we deal with on the EP are not frivolous ones. The songs 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 on Riding The Flood.
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