The first time I saw Douglas Dare perform was earlier this summer, at Union Chapel, the perfect venue for his solemn, austere music. He was, of course, utterly captivating, his voice clear and piercing, his playing echoing the majesty of the setting. But in among material old and new - and a Björk cover - one track hit harder than any other, 'Oh Father', an heartfelt lament about family, love, and acceptance.
It was just one of many concerts Dare has given in the run-up to the release of his second album, Aforger, and DiS is proud to premiere the video of his performance of 'Oh Father', shot at the Courtyard Theatre in London earlier this year, as the latest of our Piano Day exclusives.
"The piano is my favourite instrument, my favourite piece of furniture, my preferred way of expressing myself, and my favourite way of listening to music. I love the idea of Piano Day and am honoured to be one of the few artists performing in its infancy. This was my second Piano Day and my first opportunity to play some new material from my upcoming album, Aforger. I chose to play the song 'Oh Father' because it leant itself nicely to not only the somewhat beaten up piano (let's call it 'well loved'), but the small yet packed room we played in. 'Oh Father' is one of my most personal songs and works especially well on this 'well loved' instrument because the song, like the piano, is raw, honest and, in places, ugly. I'm a big fan of old uprights so this is already one of my favourite performances."
Photograph by Alex Kozobolis.