Dan Reed and Danny Vaughn brings their intimate stripped back acoustic show, Snake Oil and Harmony, to the North East of England.
A capacity crowd is in attendance tonight to take this rare opportunity to witness two prolific rock singer/songwriters share the stage together. Both Dan Reed and Danny Vaughn have witnessed great success over the years, as solo artists and with their respective groups Tyketto and the Dan Reed Network.
Both artists have a long-standing connection with the North East, with Vaughn having recorded his 2008 solo album The Road Less Travelled in Newcastle. The Dan Reed Network also opened for The Rolling Stones at Newcastle United’s St. James Park football ground as part of their Urban Jungle Tour.
The Dan Reed Network is on the brink of releasing their long awaited album titled Fight Another Day, the band’s first new material in more than 25 years. The last release was The Heat in 1991. Likewise, Vaughn indicates that Tyketto will be releasing a new album and a supporting UK tour before the year is out.
It feels a real privilege to be watching these artists this evening. They sit perched on their bar stools each with their trusty acoustic guitars. The event seems like the two hundred or so attendees in the audience have been invited into their living room to participate in a songwriters circle.
Vaughn and Reed obviously have a lot of mutual respect and admiration for one another; there is certainly a brotherly connection there. As one artist drives so to speak the other pitches in or harmonises with the other.
Both Reed and Vaughn take turns in a round robin fashion to each deliver a track from their respective extensive back catalogues. The set also includes a few covers from artists that have inspired them, including “Sometimes It Snows in April” by Prince and a sublime cover of “Space Oddity” by David Bowie which also features support act Craig McDonald.
The two and a quarter hour marathon show includes everything that any fan would want and expect from the duo. However, this time, each artist takes the time to share the interesting and witty anecdotes and stories behind the songs. Whether that be Reed teaching Tibetan Monks in the Himalayas about “sex, drugs and rock and roll” or their fear of being sent music by aspiring musicians in case, as Reed put it, it is better than theirs, or as Vaughn put it, he has to break it to them that it sucks.
There is room in the show for tracks from both artists solo careers such as the spellbinding “On Your Side” by Reed or “Miracle Days” by Vaughan. Old Favorites like “Rainbow Child” by the Dan Reed Network or “Burning Down Inside” by Tyketto has the audience hanging on every word.
The pair enjoy themselves just as much as the audience. They close their main set with “Wings” by Vaughn. But they aren’t done yet, returning to the stage to rapturous applause they close out the show with “Salt of Joy” and The Eagles number “Take It Easy” of course Vaughn plays with The Ultimate Eagles when he’s not on Tyketto duties.
Tonight, the audience witnessed a fantastic evening of music from Dan Reed and Danny Vaughn. The pair brought the people of Newcastle together in harmony with their music. No stone was left unturned.