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"Promenade Success Story"

At 24, McGaw exudes a charismatic presence, performing at such venues as L.A.’s Troubadour, Britannia Pub and Rene’s. McGaw sings soulfully about life’s love and heartache. Lyrically he is an original, with a solid voice that is distinct and memorable. McGaw grew up in Manchester, England. Upon relocating to Los Angeles, he discovered a lifestyle and creative environment that would help to ignite his career. He started performing at the promenade and kept having small successes. Things like applause from small audiences, or people saying they’d heard about him. Those tiny bits of recognition were fuel for him to continue, and made him feel like he was on the right track. Currently getting ready for a tour, McGaw is a precious secret soon to be discovered on a nationwide scale. - LATimes.com


"THE NEW VOICE OF FOLK"

Danny McGaw's Peace On Earth is an acoustic folk rock track, not overly slick or excessively produced, that shows off the strength and clarity of Danny's voice. It also shows that a truly good song will be able to stand on it's own merits with just a lone vocalist with a single instrument

Musically the minor chord changes of this will remind listeners of Pink Floyd's acoustic pieces. And while Danny lists, Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, Nick Drake, and Radiohead as his influences vocally and lyrically he is an original, with a solid voice that is distinct and memorable, and a lyrical concept that is relevant for the events we see in the world in 2003.

Lyrically it's apparent this singer pours his heart into the composing process as well as his mind as the lyrics are intelligent and well thought out given the seriousness of the subject matter of the song. The fact that Danny genuinely means what he sings also clearly shines through in the vocal performance, which is half the goal in writing folk songs, the other goal is getting people to take the words to heart, which is subjective to the listener.

The song is quite simple and pure and,likewise, I will keep my review simple and to the point.
Danny McGaw's is a rising talent to watch, as I have no doubt we will see and hear more good things from this artist. - Deep Blue Wonders ASCAP


"YOUNG TALENT SEEMS PRIMED FOR SUCCESS"

"Standing at the station, Got my ticket in my hand," sings Danny McGaw, the 24-year-old British import with a voice of unusual clarity amplified by a deep lyrical strain that runs through his songwriting. Now appearing under the abbreviation that stands for his name- DMG- McGaw and his band performed last Friday at Santa Monica's "O'Brien’s" attracting dozens and dozens of those who have already fallen for the sweet yet angst-ridden appeal of McGaw's music as well as those who were privy to it for the first time.

McGaw came to the States four years ago, where performing on the Santa Monica Promenade was not a novel experience after years spent wandering with a guitar in the streets of his native Manchester. Of course the picture of a 12-year-old child walking the street with a guitar is almost more reminiscent of a Charles Dickens novel than of the modern-day British city, but every once in a while a show biz legend rests on an actual heart-melting story, and McGaw's experience of trusting life and where it might take him is felt in his lyrics over and over again.

What distinguishes McGaw and his band members from most young performers that seem to be competing with the numberless actor wannabes for the title of LA's emblematic cliché? It is tasteful sincerity that time and again allows a song to be saved from falling into saccharine sweetness and that yet guards it from the aggressive cynicism that characterizes much of today's rock scene.

DMG's two singles "Standing at the Station" and "Keeps Me Here" have already been picked up by a number of Southern California stations,
and the guys seem to have all it takes for the ascension to the top of the rocking Olympus - from the striking yet sweet good looks of the front man to the positive healthy dynamic within the band. The guys say they are determined to keep early
success from going to their heads, but that is, of course, until the real success comes.
- Daily Trojan, Elena Vassileva


Discography

"Keeps me here" is on 98.7 (Star)
"Standing at the station" was added to the playlist on Mix 102; Neptune Radio

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Feeling a bit camera shy

Bio

Danny McGaw’s bold and original style will soon change the face of folk, rock, and popular music for an entire generation.

Danny’s songs are fused with original and haunting tones, raw emotion, loss of innocence, and the love and passion that inspired it. He is honest to a fault, and has courage beyond his years. Punctuated by a uniquely textured and melodic voice, Danny’s lyrics read like a map to the core of the human experience.

Danny left his native Manchester, England in 1998 bound for America. He is a folk singer/songwriter who has been influenced by the likes of Bob Dylan, Nick Drake, Tracy Chapman and Otis Redding. Danny has traveled the globe with the same guitar his dad bought him when he was 12 years old. Since that time, he has played with, and learned from, a myriad of eclectic musicians. His broad world view and intense personal relationships helped perfect his profound songwriting abilities. Danny has a repertoire of songs that would rival any of his predecessors. He is equally accomplished in acoustic guitar, electric guitar, base guitar, piano, drums, harmonica, and mandolin. Due to his insatiable apatite for everything sonic, he has recently become a skilled recording artist as well. In addition to endless hours in the studio, he has perfected his enigmatic live performances, which have hypnotized the LA music scene.

"This young man knows how to captivate a crowd with his six-string guitar and honest lyrics," wrote LA Weekly.