Review (as far as we know the only review published) for Dan’s first solo show, Oral History, at the Edinburgh Fringe 2010:
★ ★ ★ ★
“This charming clutch of comic songs, proffered by an amiable man with an accordion, is loosely strung together to form an oral history. There is a touch of Victorian music hall about Dan Woods, with his gentle satire (kudos to him for rhyming ‘Berlusconi’, ‘testosterone-y’ and ‘pony’) and his merrily creaking instrument. He has excellent comic timing and is master of the wild-eyed key change, while the songs are lyrically and musically well-crafted – a historical ballad about the Soviet Union set to the Tetris theme is especially pleasing. Future generations might not learn too much about our civilisation from listening to these on their ipod jet-packs, but they are certainly enjoyable now.”
ThreeWeeks 27 August 2010
He made a video with his band, Pig With The Face Of A Boy, which was released in July 2010. It was the first time he’s done anything like this. So far it’s had over 500,000 views.
Have a look at these reviews for his band, Pig With The Face Of A Boy.
From The Skinny:
★ ★ ★ ★
Come in off the crowded streets and escape the unending raucous cries of flyer-bearing promoters and overheated children – the Free Edinburgh Fringe Festival brings you sweet and twisted comedy tunes from Pig with the Face of a Boy and twelve perfect little songs cleverly composed with both well-honed comic timing and fine musicianship.
Their lyrics always begin in the world of the sane but then take a surprising leap down dark and surreal comic alleyways, where love-struck shepherds mingle with the half naked, urine-drinking Howard Hughes. With a jingly set of instruments, including a 12 string ukulele, their harmonies put you in mind of the early Divine Comedy, as they blend the melodies of music hall with intelligent acoustic pop tunes. A better hour of shiny comic songs may be hard to find, and certainly not for free.
★ ★ ★ ★
The idea of an “anti-folk” band with an accordion raises major questions, which are thankfully soon answered by ‘Pig With The Face Of A Boy’. Their off-beat silliness charms from the start with a ditty on safety hazards in the London underground, and they quickly move onto urges to eat placenta and embrace sheep. This left some of the audience a touch bemused, but most in fits of laughter at the sheer invention and wit of Dan Wood and Donald Newholm. Both are accomplished musicians, entertaining as much with their playing as their jokes. It’s well worth slinging a few pennies into their enormous hat; these boys are in danger of making ‘anti-folk’ the new rock’n'roll.