American Songwriter Dean Friedman at The Atkinson

American Songwriter Dean Friedman at The Atkinson

American recording artist, Dean Friedman, performs at The Atkinson on Friday 24 October as part of a 40 city UK/Ireland/France tour – to coincide with the release of his first compilation album, ‘Dean Friedman – Words & Music’.

Chart topping, recording artist and pop-icon, Dean Friedman, best known to UK and Ireland audiences for his classic hits, ‘Lucky Stars’, ‘Lydia’, ‘McDonald’s Girl’, ‘Ariel’ and ‘Woman of Mine’, is embarking on a 40 city UK/Ireland concert tour beginning July 6th at the Haslemere Fringe Festival and running through to October 25th with dates including London, Manchester, Birmingham, Belfast, Dublin, Carcassonne and many more.

The 2014 tour coincides with the release of a compilation album, ‘Dean Friedman – Words & Music’, a double-CD collection of 28 tracks, including several of Friedman’s classic recordings and many fan favorites.

Friedman’s recent tours continue to garner rave reviews: “Every song in this show is a classic.” (London Theatre Guide), “With his mix of jaunty ditties, sentimental ballads and bashful charm, Friedman is the folk/pop troubadour of choice.” (Scotsman), Songsmith Extraordinaire” – (Music Week), “Stunning Musicianship” (HotPress), “Dean Friedman is entirely unique and utterly brilliant!” – (ThreeWeeks)…  are just a few of the superlatives used to describe his unique and original talent.

Though Friedman’s single, ‘McDonald’s Girl’, was officially banned by the BBC for mentioning the name of the well known fast food restaurant in its chorus, the irrepressible pop song has been covered by a number of contemporary bands including top-selling, Canadian group, Barenaked Ladies (WEA), and The Blenders (Universal), whose version soared to #1 on the national airplay charts in Norway. With the advent of YouTube, video versions have gone viral and finally, last year, thirty years after the song was banned by the BBC, the McDonald’s corporation officially licensed the song for a national TV/Radio campaign, confirming the song as a pure pop phenomenon.

Friedman also composes and produces music soundtracks for TV and film, including the music to the hit Central TV series BOON and the soundtrack to the underground cult horror film classic ‘I Bought A Vampire Motorcycle’ (Hobo Films/U.K.) in which he performs the unforgettable track, ‘She Runs on Blood, Not Gasoline’. Friedman also served as presenter/producer of the acclaimed radio series, ‘Real American Folk’, featured on BBC Radio Scotland, and has also been featured as a guest star in a cameo appearance on David Baddiel’s TV sitcom, ‘The Baddiel Syndrome’ (SKY).

The Merseyside band, Half Man Half Biscuit released a best-selling EP containing a track entitled, ‘The Bastard Son of Dean Friedman’, which went to #1 on the UK Indie chart; a claim which Friedman vehemently denies, ‘I’ve never even met Nigel Blackwell’s mum!’. Friedman extracts his revenge on his latest CD, ‘Submarine Races’, in the song, ‘A Baker’s Tale’, the hitherto untold story of Nigel Blackwell’s dubious origins.

This tour will feature songs from throughout his 30 year recording career, including familiar radio hits, ‘Lucky Stars’, ‘Lydia’, ‘McDonald’s Girl’, ‘Ariel’ and ‘Woman of Mine’, as well as selections from his more recent CD’s.

Dean Friedman can be seen at The Atkinson on Friday 24 October at 8pm. Tickets are priced at £22.50 (£18 concessions) and are availableonline at or by calling the Box Office on 01704 533333. You can also purchase your tickets over the counter during The Atkinson’s opening hours.


*Please be advised there is a £2 booking fee for booking over the phone and online bookings.





Dean Friedman

Friday 24 October


£22.50 (£18 concessions)



In person: Visit The Atkinson Box Office on Lord Street

For tickets: visit the website call box office on 01704 533333


*Please be advised that there is a £2 booking fee for telephone and online sales.


The Atkinson
Lord Street





Posted on 14 October 2014 under General news

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