Den Hanrahan is a singer/songwriter, storyteller, guitar, banjo and harp player, front bar larrikin and outback romper. He plays like he drives, fast and ferocious, burning out motors and his good wife’s patience as he treks the country, rocking roadhouses, festivals and pubs. Bold and bodacious, his performances at the National, Cobargo, Illawarra, Majors Creek Festivals along with tours through Victoria, South Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland and NSW can be as alarmingly intimate as they are good old-fashioned fun.
With Dave O’Neill on Mandolin and Matt Nightingale on Doghouse Bass, the journey continues through a compendium of ballads, laments and reckless dirges from Hanrahan’s songbook of the open road. It makes no secret of his love for Americana, freely employing banjos, Mandolin, Fiddle and the hard-driven word in a recreation of the old-fashioned world that still lives in his heart.
Steeped in present-day Australia, the phantom images of the past intrude all over his tales of remorse and redemption, abuse and corruption, the plaintive song of a bruised and homesick traveller.