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Domenic DeCicco

musician, composer, producer, engineer and workshop facilitator.

Born in Canadian of Italian heritage, Domenic is an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer and producer, who has travelled the world sharing his music as a solo artist and co-founder/lead vocalist of the innovative acoustic roots band Praying for the Rain. He is a deeply soulful and compelling musician and storyteller who brings a rich, uncluttered quality to his music that fills his songs with evocative imagery and lyrical narrative. He has toured across the UK and throughout Europe, Canada, Africa, Japan and the Middle East and has performed at festivals such as Glastonbury, Womad, Frome and Stainsby and at the acclaimed Minack Theatre in Cornwall, Uk and at London’s Union Chapel and National Theartre, South Bank.

Through his experiences of performing and traveling, he has learned to play a variety of eclectic instruments such as Native American flutes & hand drums, African drums & percussion, middle eastern Darabouka and Ghatam, Cretan Laouto & Outi, the Madura (reeded flute) to name a few. The energy of sharing with other people and cultures has made it’s way into many aspects of his singing, writing and music and through the language of music and his study of sound, he has come to a broader understanding of the world around him.
He has just completed his new album entitled, Never Letting Go ( June 2021 release)

 

Never Letting Go album

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Never Letting Go ...the new album 2021

This album came together during the lock down through 2020-21.
The songs developed while watching the daily news, seeing real life tragedy unfolding, the loss of loved ones, families kept apart, unable
to be with them at the end, trying somehow, to make sense of it all, knowing that life would never be the same again. And yet amongst all this sadness, there were touching visions in the goodness of the human heart with the courage and compassion of front line workers.
This collection of songs captures some of the profound feelings & inner reflections that were stirred while facing oneself during this period of isolation. They are intimate and moving in their nature with a sublime and thoughtful honesty driven by Domenic’s evocative and tender vocals.  The album is filled with beautifully crafted songs, compelling performances and glistening harmonies, which he has become well known for over the years. The music explores emotive singer-songwriter pieces such as Faded Stone and Yesteryear to more rhythmic and upbeat songs like the title track, Never Letting Go and the riveting Call for Freedom....
Instruments used include:  acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, Cretan Laouto, harmonica, Native American flutes & drums, cello, violin, accordion and Bodhrans.

(Special thanks & gratitude to my dear friends who gave of their time to help complete this latest offering....always d)


Album Tracks
Faded Stone *
Saving Grace * Could Have Been * Never Letting Go
Call For Freedom* Strange Year * Sunlight Skies * As The Skies Turn
Where Does the Time Go * You See Me * A Gentle Heart



 

Seeds of Evergreen Cd

 

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Seeds of Evergreen
The albums themes are touching in their purity and convey a sense of honesty and vulnerability that draws the listener in from the start. Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Domenic defies any easy label. The collection of songs stir in their own sensibilities and haunting melodies, crossing between contemporary acoustic folk, touches of roots and world music, and even his flavour of country and jazz. His wealth of musical styles and smooth and expressive voice are all skillfully blended into a seamless flow of music from the heart that absorbs the listener entirely into the narratives of each piece. He is joined by a list of celebrated musicians including:

Delagh King - vocals, Chris Hurn - cello, Mal Darwen - bass, vocals Tom Pepler - drums, Richard Kennedy - vocals,
Amanda Easton - vocals, Vince DeCicco - accordion
Robin Rhind - Hammond organ,
15 Tracks in total, including two beautiful bonus instrumentals at the end of album."

Album Tracks
Big Sky *
All In A Life * Seeds of Evergreen * Get Up and Go
The Circle * Moment In Time * It's Amazing * Dreamer
Forward Motion * Living In America * La La Song * How Long
Thread of Life *
A Quiet Night (instrumental) * Sisters (instrumental)
 

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"Terrific and powerful stuff..wonderfully layered sound...Call for Freedom is a hypnotic driving chant." Frank Hennessy, Celtic Heartbeat BBC radio Wales 

"The latest album is a beautiful mix of soothing vocals, meaningful lyrics and peaceful guitar work. DeCicco’s voice is exceptional. Over all, Seeds of Evergreen is a great listen, and DeCicco’s reputation will have been done no harm by this marvellous release." Maverick Magazine.

“He has a chameleon voice, sometimes rough and husky, sometimes sweet and clear. There are fleeting glimpses of Dylan and Paul Simon in his delivery; his voice is strong and true, capable of passion and drama as well as gentleness .”
Folking .com

"packed full of well-crafted songs and beautifully played throughout, so if the idea of an easygoing, rootsy album perfect for a Sunday morning appeals, you won’t do much better than Seeds of Evergreen". Rock n Reel

."Overtures of acoustic folk mix effortlessly with softly expressive jazz, dig deeper and touches of country, as is a miasma of roots influences from across the globe. Inventive, pluralistic, expressive and diverse..This is an album that could easily become part of your regular playlist."FolkWords

“ Stunning songs make up this inspirational new album from an innovative writer/performer.” The Musician

"Moody and reflective... draws you in and invites you to listen and share his feelings and experiences. Domenic is a talented musician, composer and producer of whom many people will soon begin to take note." Mardles Magazine

"There is a haunting quality to this performance that really draws me into the songs. Domenic’s vocal performances are really compelling emotionally. Lyrical theme and imagery seem especially sincere. Delicate yet intensely powerful. Beautiful songs and passionate sounding performances."Taxi

"Splendid picked acoustic guitar accompaniment...he has that singular talent of making the listener feel he/she is a personal friend, specially chosen to be party to his innermost thoughts." Properganda

 

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 Still Lives & Dreamers
the cd is comprised of intimate and powerfully moving songs, with very passionate vocals and sublime musical performances... for all of you who have enjoyed listen to him sing some of his more acoustic songs through the years...you're going love this Cd....
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"A series of mature and eloquent, intimate, passionate and haunting performances... a quietly stunning record..." Net Rhythms magazine

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At Sunset
A sublime selection of instrumental songs that were inspired by domenic's years of traveling to Crete, Greece. The movements take the listener to those tranquil places by the sea and feed the soul with mountain air. Using instruments from Crete such as the Lauoto, Outi and Madura, coupled with the guitar, native american flute and voice, this collection of songs brings an inner quiet & peace and reaches an ancient place within you.

"dexterous and intuitive, talented domenic calls on his multi-cultured background to offer moods from thoughtful (Breath In the Sea) to enriching (First Son). Stand out track: At Sunset..." Musician magazine

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Earlier Projects and performances include:

2021 Produced and wrote new solo album entitled, Never Letting Go.

2020 Produced new album release entitled, Celebrate by Praying for the Rain.

2019 Performed with Nigel Shaw and Mac Macartney on selected tour dates. Performed with Bamboo, Cedar, Oak on UK tour
with world artists, Hiroki Okano (Japan), Nigel Shaw (UK) and Guillermo Martinez (USA)
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2018 Minack Theatre Penzance, Cornwall - first time concert performance at acclaimed venue with Praying for the Rain.

2017 Tours including solo and with Seeds of Evergreen project and Praying for the Rain.

2016 Scared Music from Mountain and Moor tour. Domenic performed with Nigel Shaw (UK) and Hiroki Okano (Japan) UK tour.

2015 Seeds of Evergreen - New album and live project. Released a 3rd solo album, which was followed with tour around the Uk.

2014 Rivenstone World Music festival, Dartmoor, Uk - Domenic was one of the guest performers at this highly regards world muic festival.

2012 Sang on a video put together by producer/composer Hiroki Okano..Domenic was asked by friend producer/composer Hiroki Okano
to sing on a video he was putting together with other performers from around the globe, in relief of the devastation in Japan.
This beautiful song -You Are Love is now part of the Arigato Project.

2010-2012 Radio Presenter on Frome Fm... Co-ordinated and produced this successful monthly radio show Dmix Chill and Groove Hour.

2011 Semi finalist in the acclaimed International - UK songwriting contest in the acoustic category with the song, Fallen Star... Domenic made semi-finalist in the acoustic category with the song, Fallen Star...nice to be recognized by panels of well known industry folk, your peers and through hundreds of entrants...

2010 New Praying for the Rain Cd...Civilized World, which he co-wote and produced. The album was launched with a concert at the Union Chapel in London on May 22 and followed by summer festival concerts.

During 2008 he had performances in Japan which included, The Earth Day festival, Osaka and Chakra club, Osaka. The single version
of Glass Bubble was sent out across the Uk, Europe, Canada and the US. He also performed at St.James's church, London as part of the Bamboo, Cedar, Oak tour with world artists, Hiroki Okano (Japan), Nigel Shaw (UK) and Guillermo Martinez (USA) and at the Stainsby Festival, Derby.

In 2007, he released his solo cd, Still Lives and Dreamers, along with singles from the album...I Feel You In Me and It's Christmas Time Again. He performed at various festivals including; Stainsby and Rivenstone and headlined at London's Gloss club in November.

During 2006, Domenic released his first solo Cd entitled, At Sunset (an instrumental Cd of sublime and emotive pieces using the Cretan Laouto, Outi and Madura, along with guitars and flutes)... the summer was filled with solo and band performances in Italy and across the UK, that included the Trowbridge Pump festival, Quest, Hampton Court summer fair, Sterts theatre with Nigel Shaw & Carolyn Hillyer, Cornwall, the Mescolanze Festival, Italy, the Ignite music series at the Albert Hall cafe consort and a live session with BBC presenter Charlie Crocker September 21st, which was heard across the south east on BBC radio Kent, Berkshire, Oxford , Southern Counties and Solent. Solo concerts for the year ended with a stunning performance during the Cd launch of Still Lives and Dreamers in October at London's Union Chapel. He spent the month of November in Canada, doing various live and radio performances promoting his Cd with a pre-release Christmas single; It’s Christmas Time Again, which had wonderful success being played on stations across Canada, the USA, Europe and Australia. In December, Domenic was chosen as the best male solo artist for the UK, in the Music Aid International Music Awards. The Cd is being distributed through-out the UK and Europe via Proper Distribution.

2005 - Praying for the Rain performed in Algiers as part of a world music program.
Produced and recorded music for the Channel 5/Cicada films production, ‘the Real Witch Project’.
2004 -Worked on the Silk Road Exhibition, (a joint British Library- BBC proms project for 12 to 17 yr olds performed at London’s Shaw theatre as a musician and workshop facilitator.
Guest performer at the Colourscape Music festival-exhibition in Clapham Park, London.
Guest performer at several concerts as part of the Bamboo, Cedar, Oak CD promotional tour with world musicians; Nigel Shaw (UK), Hiroki Okano (Japan) and Guillermo Martinez (US - Native American).
Performed on, mixed and produced the Songlines Choir Cd, Wanderlust,
Produced and co-wrote the world music Cd, ‘ Serena’ for his band, Praying for the Rain.

 

 

 

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