Arts Q&A: Singer Dan Owen on Paolo, Biffy and pie

Brian Campbell puts artists on the spot about what really matters to them. This week: Shropshire singer-songwriter Dan Owen

Dan Owen plays Belfast on September 14

1 When did you think about music as a career and what were your first steps into it?

My first steps into it was me playing pub open mic nights and gigs with my sister from the age of 13. After a carpentry accident [Dan was blinded in one eye as a result], I bought a nice guitar with money I earned from a part-time job at 17 and called pub after pub asking for gigs until I was doing 150 to 200 gigs a year.

2 Best gig or gigs you’ve been to?

Biffy Clyro at Reading festival.

3 Fantasy wedding/birthday party band of choice?

Paolo Nutini.

4 The record you'd take to a desert island?

Shimmy Shimmy Ya by Prince Fatty.

5 And the book?

I can't read because of the eye accident lol!

6 Top three films?

Without a Paddle, The Perfect Storm, Walk the Line.

7 Worst film you’ve seen?

Mega Piranha; it's so bad it's good.

8 Sports you most enjoy and top teams?

Football -–Shrewsbury Town FC.

9 Ideal holiday destination?


10 Pet hate?

Bad sound systems.

11 What’s your favourite:

Dinner? Pie.

Dessert? Apple pie.

Drink? Real ale.

:: Dan Owen plays Voodoo Belfast on Monday September 14 at 8pm. For tickets (£5), visit or


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