closing date: 20 Dec 2012
Singer Songwriter Dan Coyle, an internationally touring folk songwriter from New York City, surprised fans and folk music followers when he released a new album November 15th. Fans and critics have been quick to name "Winter Folk" as his best work to date.
While it seems strange to many that Coyle only announced plans for Winter Folk on his twitter (@dan_coyle) and facebook fan page, it's understandable when you realize that he has built an army of dedicated fans since 2008.
"It was even a surprise for me," the songwriter said. "Fans have been asking me for years to release a holiday album, but I didn't want it to be other people's songs. I've always held winter as one of my favourite seasons, and I have something to say about it too."
While he admitted that last statement was slightly tongue-in-cheek, there was a simple truth behind it. "I've built everything I have on writing and performing original folk music, and I want to keep it that way. If it seems silly that I won't even make an album of traditional holiday songs, I think once people hear the album it will change their minds," Coyle said.
Orders for Winter Folk poured into Coyle's website (http://www.dancoyle.com) the day of the release. In typical fashion, the folk troubadour also offered fans an opportunity to stream the entire album for free on his website.
"I've been homeless, twice actually. I understand what it's like when there's something, like music, that would make you feel a little more at ease throughout the day, but you can't afford it. People are hit with enough of that in their lives. If someone wants to hear the album, but can't purchase it right now, I want them to hear it anyway. I have thousands of generous fans who will keep me afloat in the meantime," Coyle explained.
Winter Folk was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Stefan Held in Brooklyn, NY (http://www.stevenheroproductions.com).
Coyle is currently setting up tour dates to promote Winter Folk across the U.S. He plans to kick-off the tour December 8th in Burlington, VT at Radio Bean. Coyle will then carve a tour route westward through the U.S., all the way to Portland, OR.
For more information about Dan and his music, visit http://www.dancoyle.com which also has a well-read blog by the singer songwriter.
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