Dan’s last gig of the year is a reunion of his first band, The Warner Brothers. In the mid ‘8os, Dan and guitar player, James Stewart played many gigs as a duo, then added bass player, Mal McBeath, and drummer, James Carden, to form The Warner Brothers. The band played mainly Country and Rockabilly standards in the early days, but then branched out into original songs, the first of which featured on their debut album, Talking In Your Sleep. The success of the song ‘Stuck in Melbourne’ saw the band face a legal challenge from multinational Time/Warner concerning their band name. Unable to finance a legal defence, The Warner Brothers became Overnight Jones, who released two more albums in the 1990s.
The reunion gig at The Lomond Hotel this Friday (23/12/11) is a celebration of the back catalogue of The Warner Brothers and Overnight Jones. The original line-up will take to the stage at 9.30 and play a good selection of songs from the three albums, Talking In Your Sleep, My Private Train and Ice Bait Gas. Other members of Overnight Jones, including Ed Bates, Carl Pannuzzo and Miles McNicol will be subbed into the line-up at various stages during the night. The band will also rope in Tony Hargreaves on piano and dig out some of the early covers, including Red Hot, Three Alley Cats and The Mighty Quinn. Admission is free.