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Dan Owen.

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It has been a ground-breaking year for young singer-songwriter Dan Owen, and what better way to continue than with a gig on our beautiful islands?

It has been a ground-breaking year for young singer-songwriter Dan Owen, and what better way to continue than with a gig on our beautiful islands?

Sure enough, the acoustic prodigy will play The Woodland Centre this weekend.

The 23-year-old has gone from playing to tiny audiences in backrooms of pubs to a run of impressive festivals dates, including Bushstock, The Great Escape and Glastonbury.

Having clocked up hundreds shows to date, the Shrewsbury-native is now on his own first headline UK tour.

After stepping away from the blues and writing new material, Dan is happy about his new EP – produced by Cam Blackwood (George Ezra).

He was handpicked by the critically-acclaimed Rae Morris as support for her autumn tour, including London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire, October 8.

He’ll be no stranger to shepherds here on the Western Isles either and he is really looking forward to demonstrating his talent to everyone who attends the gig, says Dan.

Dan said: “I can’t wait to come to the Woodlands Centre and play before the people there.

“It’s a real privilege to play a small but hugely-respected place.

‘‘I’ll be thrilled to play songs that mean so much to me and hopefully bring some new fans on board!”

When Dan first started out on the live circuit, an audience member filmed his live cover of ‘Ballad Of Hollis Brown’ – this is now sitting on 500k views on YouTube.

Following those early live shows, he went on to win Best Young Artist at the British Blues Awards and a surprising accolade came from another audience member, Mick Fleetwood (of Fleetwood Mac), who hailed Dan “at the forefront of the new wave in British singer-songwriter talent”.

“I’ve never been further north than Glasgow”, says Dan.

“But I just know that what I’ve heard about the friendliness of the Western Isles people is true because so many people who say this can’t be wrong.

“That’s partly why I am happy to be touring around Scotland.

“ I love the scenery, the people, and their own traditional music, although I haven’t heard as much as I’d like.”

Uncommonly insightful lyrics and charming melodies flow naturally as Dan effortlessly wins over

audiences wherever he plays.

Catch Dan Owen at the Woodlands Centre, on Saturday, October 24.