musician, composer, producer, engineer and workshop facilitator.
is an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and composer who
has, as a musician/producer
traveled the world sharing his music as a solo artist and as co-founder/lead
vocalist of the innovative world music
group 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. Originally
from Canada, he is a son of Italian immigrants and now makes his
home in Somerset, UK.
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 & 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 and project entitled Seeds of Evergreen.
Seeds of Evergreen... the new album withSeeds, Domenic releases his 3rd solo album.. The 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:
Chris Hurn - cello, Tom Pepler - drums, Paul Sax - violin, Delagh King - vocals, Richard Kennedy - vocals, Mal Darwen - bass, Vince DeCicco - accordion and Robin Rhind - Hammond organ, across 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 *
* Living In America * La La Song *
Thread of Life * A Quiet Night (instrumental) * Sisters (instrumental)
"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."
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
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.... for more reviews see below.....
"A series of mature
and eloquent, intimate, passionate and haunting performances...
stunning record..." Net Rhythms magazine
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.
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..."
2016 Scared Music from Moutain and Moor tour. Domenic performed with Nigel Shaw (UK) and Hiroki Okano (Japan) on a short tour within the UK.
2015 Seeds of Evergeen - new album and live project. Released a 3rd solo album, which was followed with tour around the Uk.
2012 Sang on a video put together by producer/composer Hiroki Okano...the song - You Are Love is now part of the Arigato Project. 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 piece -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
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 Riven Stone and headlined at London's Gloss club in
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 United States, 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.
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.
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).
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.