Bear's Den

Monqui Presents:

Bear's Den

Dan Mangan, Christof

Wed, November 5, 2014

8:00 pm

The Crocodile

Seattle, WA

$12 Adv.

This event is 21 and over

Bear's Den
Bear's Den
Bear's Den are London trio Andrew Davie, Joey Haynes, and Kevin Jones. The music they make is wholesome, warm, and engaging, and takes its influence from the likes of "Being There"-era Wilco, Ryan Adams, and a wealth of both folk and alt-country reference points.

The ethos of DIY is at the heart of everything Bear's Den have done since their inception. Charging around the UK in a van playing to any venue that would have them, picking up support tours with the likes of Of Monsters and Men, Smoke Fairies, and Matt Corby, and concluding 2012 with a support slot for Mumford & Sons at London's O2 Arena, Bear's Den took time out and relocated to a cottage in Wales to record their debut EP, sold only at shows last year, and went on to record this Agape EP in Norfolk with Kristoffer Harris.

'Agape' sets out its stall from the opening chords, and is a spellbinding example of Bear's Den's sound. Andrew Davie's lyrics and voice are beautifully fragile, resonating with the clarity of a songwriter almost twice his age. Framed around the ambiguous Greek word for love, Agape is a warm, all-embracing tune that sets a tone throughout the whole 5-track record.

A free download of the track 'Agape' is currently available through

With forthcoming support from XFM and their 'Great X-Pectations' fortnight of the best new artists (Bear's Den feature throughout 26th Jan), and a headline tour on the verge of selling out, Bear's Den are another fine acquisition for the ever reliable Communion label, and a new band with something that already soars above mere potential.
Dan Mangan
Dan Mangan
On August 11 of 2009, Dan Mangan released his sophomore album, Nice, Nice, Very Nice in Canada. And it was about time. After three and a half years of touring his sleeper-hit debut, Postcards and Daydreaming, Dan was ready and eager to unveil a collection of lyrical ruminations that showcased his growth as a songwriter. 2010 will see releases throughout Europe, America and Australia.

The album immediately shot to #1 on the iTunes Canada Singer/Songwriter Album chart, and #7 at 'Earshot!' College/Co-Op radio (#1 roots category). Rave reviews came from heavy hitting national music-mags such as Exclaim!, CHARTattack and Metro as well as countless blogs and print media. Then came the news that Dan had won "Artist Of The Year" from XM Satellite's Verge Music Awards, beating out acts like Joel Plaskett and Alexisonfire for the top spot – a high profile award with a $25,000 cash-prize. All of this just as Dan hit the road across Canada with his four piece band. Things only got better. Sold out shows became the norm and Mangan graced the covers of three arts/weekly papers; meanwhile, Nice, Nice, Very Nice hit #1 on CBC Radio 3, XM The Verge and 100.5FM The Peak (Vancouver). Dan performed live in studio on CBC's national programs 'Q' and 'Drive' and found himself the beneficiary of outstanding rave live concert reviews from print and online media alike.

Titled in reference to a Kurt Vonnegut poem, Nice, Nice, Very Nice was recorded in Toronto in fall 2008 under the creative eye of producer John Critchley (Elliott Brood, 13 Engines, Leather Uppers). Dropping in to add their talents were such hero Canadian artists as Justin Rutledge, Veda Hille, Mark Berube, Hannah Georgas and members of Elliott Brood, Said The Whale, The Hidden Cameras, Major Maker and Small Sins.

Mangan has toured Canada, the UK, USA and Australia numerous times. He's played coffee shops to six people and festival stages to many more. He has showcased at Canadian Music Week, South-By-South-West, North-By-North-East, The Great Escape (UK), MusExpo (LA), Big Sound (AUS). Whether alone or with his Vancouver-based band, Dan continues to work all the time.

Dan's debut album has kept him on the move with opportunities. Britain's NME magazine featured him as one of Canada's most promising acts. Back home, he has become a darling of the CBC. Gaining respect amid his peers, he has shared stages with Patrick Watson, The Acorn, Elliott Brood, Said The Whale, Great Lake Swimmers, Basia Bulat, Stephen Page, Ohbijou, Arkells, Hey Rosetta!, Geoff Berner, Carolyn Mark, Veda Hille, Mother Mother, and has collaborated with spoken word artists such as Ivan Coyote and the internationally renowned Shane Koyczan.

Mangan weaves unique lyrical phrases that simply and subtly unfurl complicated ideas. He delivers them with his signature graveled vocals and understated humour. What Mangan has to offer isn't overly precious or delicate. He simply writes songs that evoke the wonder and the absurdity in what we do.
"Many years ago in a small village in the south of the Low Countries, a tousle haired nine year old Dutch boy picked up a guitar. Christof's journey had begun…"
Hailing from the Lowlands of Holland, singer songwriter Christof composes contemporary folk music from the heart. Inspired in early childhood by the classical singing of his mother and the
guitarpickings of his father, Christof has spent the last number of years perfecting his trade (and his collection of stories) as a travelling troubadour across Europe and further afield. He draws
his inspiration from the people he meets and the places he lives from the damp cobbled streets of Galway on Ireland's Atlantic coast to the bustle and life of London Town.

In late 2007, Christof was lured by the bohemian bright lights and the smoky winding cobblestoned late nights of Galway in Ireland's wild Atlantic west . The city received him warmly and he was soon dubbed "Galway's Adopted Son". His journey brought him from street corners busking for locals to touring and playing with many local and international folk luminaries. In 2009 he released his debut EP 'Springtime' which featured legendary bass player Trevor Hutchinson (The Waterboys, Lúnasa, Eric Bibb) and drummer Dave Hingerty (Josh Ritter, The Frames, Swell Season), The Staves and Gerry Paul (Gráda). A period of relentless touring across Europe followed, including dates in London, Manchester, Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Zurich. This culminated with the release in late 2011 of the 'Honey Tears' EP a melodic, whistlestop tour of new material with collaborators Wim van den Hout (Cello and Double Bass), Paul Gerrits (Bass Tuba) and Miriam Rademakers (Piano). Honey Tears found Christof reaching new audiences in Australia and New Zealand (where he supported Tim O'Brien on his tour) also taking in festival appearances at the Port Fairy Folk Festival and Blue Mountains Folk Festival and tour dates in Germany, Ireland and the UK.

2012 saw Christof relocate to London and commence work on his brilliant third EP Love's Glory which is out now on Bluestack Records in late 2013. The adventures of the tousled haired lad continues…
Venue Information:
The Crocodile
2200 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA, 98121