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Another Diamond date for Dan Reed

By Gary Grattan

Some might say it’s a long way from touring the world with the Rolling Stones to a small village in Co Antrim.

But for American singer-songwriter Dan Reed getting up close and intimate with an appreciative audience is what live music is all about.

Dan, former front man with funk rock band, the Dan Reed Network, played two hugely successful solo acoustic gigs at The Diamond Rock Club in Ahoghill last year – and he was so knocked out by the warm reception he got that he insisted on coming back to the venue, but this time with a full band.

The DRN toured the world in the late 1980s supporting the likes of the Stones and Bon Jovi.

In Video: Gary Grattan interviews Dan Reed

But Dan became increasingly disillusioned with the music business and decided to take a step back from all the madness. Several years ago he spent time living with Tibetan Monks and in the Middle East, and has heavily drawn on those influences for his new songs.

He and his fellow musicians will be on stage this Saturday, March 6, playing a set comprising tracks from his soon-to-be-released new solo album ‘Coming Up For Air’ and re-workings of some favourite DRN songs.

Rehearsals for the new tour have been going well.

“I have played with all these wonderful musicians separately, but never as a group, and the potential is staggering.

“These will be the first band shows I have been a part of in over 16 years, and returning to Sweden, Norway, Scotland, England and Ireland for these dates and with these musicians is a great honour and hopefully a new beginning of what will be a wonderful translation of the new record,” he said.

Derwin McFarland, of the Diamond Rock Club, said: “The last times Dan played for us were awesome. We can’t wait to have him back, this time with his full band.”

Tickets – priced just £15 - can be purchased from the Diamond Bar in Ahoghill or online at

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