Dan Bettridge

Dan Bettridge

 Ogmore-by-Sea, Wales, GBR
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Like Van Morrison, Paolo Nutini, Johnny Cash, Kings of Leon? Check out Dan Bettridge!

Biography

Every time rock 'n' roll stumbles or hits a pothole, someone comes along to breathe new life and spirit into its lungs. DAN BETTRIDGE, at all of 23 years old, knows his Stax from his Motown, his Sun from his Chess Records; and understands that it’s all about singing straight from the middle of his own bruised heart.

He’s a blue-eyed soul singer: Van Morrison, if he’d come from Ogmore-By-Sea in the Vale Of Glamorgan. And like Van, he’s much more than the sum of his influences; in Dan’s case, mostly gathered from his parents’ record collection (Cat Stephens, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan).

His debut release – the stripped bare and beautiful Hunter’s Heart EP – was embraced by Huw Stephens on his BBC Introducing show on Radio 1 and by Dermot O’Leary on Radio 2, admirably demonstrating that great music is not only timeless, but ageless too.

He has picked up continuous support from 'Whispering' Bob Harris after performing an Under The Apple Tree Session during Truck Festival in 2015. Since, Bob handpicked Dan for a special BBC Radio 2/ BBC Introducing session at Maida Vale Session and invited him to perform at the very first UTAT Festival in Cadogan Hall this September.

With performances at the likes of Hay Festival, Green Man and Festival No.6, international showcase slots at Canadian Music Week, NXNE and CMJ Music Marathon under his belt; as well as support slots with Band of Horses and Jack Savoretti, Dan is making waves in the music industry.


“I just love his music!”  – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
“Really, really talented guy”  – Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1
“Beautiful troubadour voice”  –  Dermot O’Leary, BBC Radio 2
“Sounds a bit Van Morrison”  – Clare Balding, BBC Radio 2
“This is not some flash in the pan, his song writing is already at a level well beyond his years”, "A man who is getting closer and closer to the big time” – Stereoboard
“Dan’s vocals flit effortlessly between the butter of John Mayer & grit of Paolo Nutini” –  ASOS Likes
“His voice pushes him past a normal singer songwriter to being a real future talent” –  Bounce SIN
“A singer adorned with a bourbon-soaked vocal oozing with pure soul” – Cardiff AfterDark
“His set was almost guaranteed to be a festival highlight” – KEVONHISSOAPBOX 
“The soulful voice of a life well lived and his lyrical content is well beyond his years” – IamMusicTV



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Lyrics

Harvey's Angel

Written By: Dan Bettridge

Paint yourself better man learn to live,
Is what they used to tell him,
As he lay in bed in the cleanliness of hell,
Clutching his smokes only time can tell

They say he’s dancing with the reaper playing a dangerous game,
Judged before they’ve even asked for his name,
You tell him the right thing as you learnt as a child,
But darling he’s not the one who’s dreams cross wires

I said kiss until your lips are sore,
Sing until you speak no more,
'Cos life's too short to live the same day twice,
And meet me there where the sea meets the shore breaking down walls of time, oooh…
There’s no life in living life like a sailors wife watching the storm, oooh…

Discography

'HUNTER'S HEART' EP 

Tracklist:

1. In The Morning 
2. Harvey's Angel 
3. Days Of Ours 
4. Prayer For You 
5. Wolves & Ghosts 
6. Untitled - Bonus Track (Live)

Debut EP released January 2013

'DARKER DAYS' EP 

Tracklist:

1. Drive 
2. Home 
3. Rosie Darling 
4. Darker Days

Sophomore EP released February 2014


SINGLE RELEASES

Calling - July 2014

Third Eye Blind - March 2015

Letters Home - June 2015