In support of his upcoming album More or Less, Mangan will perform at the Tide & Boar Gastropub on January 25 and the Boyce Farmer’s Market on January 26.
Dan Mangan has just announced a run of Canadian dates in support of his upcoming fifth studio album More or Less. The tour, which starts in Newfoundland on January 23 and ends in British Columbia on February 14, includes two New Brunswick performances on January 25 at the Tide & Boar Gastropub in Moncton and January 26 at the Boyce Farmer’s Market as part of Shivering Songs 2019.
With this announcement, Mangan has also shared the first two episodes of his More or Less Songwriting Series. Over the next twelve months the Mangan and Stuart Gillies will take you behind the scenes of his craft to discuss the songs and events that have had the biggest impact on him as a songwriter.
“There exists a cliché that artists resent their early work, even when it is well received – and that’s because the writer cannot disconnect the song from their previous self that created it,” says Mangan. “It’s like seeing an old photograph of yourself. It’s hard not to feel a touch embarrassed at what hindsight has illuminated about the former self, but also fondly nostalgic for any sweetness that the image resurrects.
“Songs are like mile markers on the side of the highway. They mark specific moments in the writer’s development – both broadly as a person and specifically as a songwriter. Songs are also like kids. They’re fun to conceive, but inevitably quite trying to bring into the light.
“It was exceptionally cathartic to go back in time and dig into the songs that have coloured my professional life. I’ve spent most of my life thinking about songwriting in the way that an accountant has spent their life thinking about numbers. It occurred to me that it might be an interesting process to dissect the songs in a similar fashion to how an electrician might explain the wiring of a house.”