Australia has a unique tradition in musical storytelling. With icons of the craft like Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody leading a generation of talented young Aussie raconteurs, theirs are footsteps followed with pride.
Young acoustic storyteller Dan Schaumann exhibits no shortage of pride in his roots. The vigor and humility with which he shares his experiences in song are overshadowed only by his talent with a guitar. An endearingly idiosyncratic lyricism strikes up an instant rapport with his instrument’s lament. Essential to every storyteller, Dan has a knack for effortlessly pulling the listener into his world.
Having cut his musical teeth on the sidewalks and bars of Townsville and Brisbane, guitar in hand, Dan followed his heart to London. A world away from all that had shaped him into the writer and performer he was, he reveled in the rich British folk scene. New creative sparks ignited under its influence in the void left by the distinct Australian sounds of home.
A tale of two worlds colliding intimately and geographically, Dan Schaumann’s debut album, A Thousand Days Beneath the Sun, is an extraordinary journey into the experiences of a contemporary traveler. From lost love to found feet, toppled dreams to open doors, Dan’s attitude to life is as infectious as the songs he draws from it. Refreshingly honest and heartfelt, with that unmistakable Aussie lilt, each of the album’s thirteen tracks is a stepping stone that leads the listener full circle by story’s end.
Produced in Australia by James North and released in late 2011, A Thousand Days Beneath the Sun is an accomplished first chapter in this young storyteller’s musical journey. The album can be purchased from leading digital retailers worldwide and from www.schaumann.com.au.