Daren Callow
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Daren Callow is the singer, songwriter and guitarist with Dare To Be Charlie an exciting acoustic duo where he performs alongside fellow singer-songwriter Charlie Savigar. Daren also plays guitar and sings in Charlie Savigar's own contemporary country rock band.

Recently he also became part of the Alan Reed band (Alan Reed and the Daughters of Expediency) performing Alan's own solo material and songs by bis previous band - Pallas.

In total his work in bands and as a solo artist covers over 25 years and he has shared the stage with such acts as Travis, The Specials, Gang Of Four, Half Man Half Biscuit, Gene, David Devant & His Spirit Wife and Comsat Angels.  Live appearances have included the Edinburgh Fringe, Greenbelt, Rockfield and Crossfire festivals and countless shows in London and the UK and as far afield as Illinois and Nashville, USA and Gottingen in Germany.

He was taught the basics of studio recording by the legendary Andy Hewitt of 2nd Sense Studios back in the days of tape and timecode.  Since then he's recorded and mixed tracks for Radio Cracker, demos for many bands and studio recordings for acts including Stars In Exile, Daniel Lehan and Charlie Savigar.  For more details of his recording, composing and music services, click here.

As a roadie he has toured the UK, Europe, Canada and USA with pop acts The Pet Shop Boys and Katie Melua, leading to a wealth of live and touring experience.

As if all that was not enough, he has also found time to write a collection of Steampunk Sci-fi short stories - Tales Of New Albion - which is now available to buy from Amazon as a Kindle download or paperback. He also records a weekly Steampunk Podcast which is available on Soundcloud, iTunes, Stitcher and Overcast.

"One man and his guitar, Daren Callow presents us with the vivid imagery and broken emotions that one would expect to hear from an acoustic rock performer. However, the great difference is that both the song writing and performance are a cut above the rest. By using effects on the vocals, the songs take on a new life of their own and really give you something to think about. The songs are original and he has avoided the clichés that make acoustic rock, at times intolerable. Rhythmic and soulful, Daren Callow captured the mood and imagination of the crowd."

David Couchman
Surface Unsigned Festival

"Half power pop, half punk, is this the birth of power punk? Daren Callow spits out his self penned caustic lyrics over a high octane guitar, bass, keyboards and drums backing. Overall I enjoyed this CD.” 

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Band History

Alan Reed and the Daughters of Expediency (2017 - present)
Guitarist for Ex-Pallas lead singer Alan Reed.
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Charlie Savigar / Dare To Be Charlie (2010 - present)
Exciting, up-and-coming country rock star featuring Daren on lead guitar and backing vocals.  The band also features the amazing line-up of Alex Lofoco on bass, and Daren's brother - Haydn Callow on drums.

This Happy Band
(2010 - present)
A loose conglomeration of artists, musicians, poets and others who appear from time to time at art events and festivals. Including, but not exclusive to, Lord Daniel Lehan, Frog Morris, Mr Solo (David Devant And His Spirit Wife), Calum F Kerr and Laughing Bear.

Callow Youth
(2008 - present)

Daren can be heard playing and performing live with his own outfit the exciting alt-rockers Callow Youth. Comprising ex-Drumtech instructor Haydn Callow on drums and percussion, and multi-instrumentalist Wayne Myers on bass. Callow Youth shows combine elements of rock, poetry and performance art. Also features Charlie Savigar on backing vocals and percussion.

Stars In Exile (2004 - 2006)
More recently he formed part of the ethereal rock quartet Stars In Exile, featuring Thelema exiles Tim Felix and Neil Harris, and Mint400 / Cortizone exile Andy Prestige.  This hard-hitting foursome mixed guitar synths, dreamy arpeggios and in-your-face power guitars with punchy drums for their debut album Luminosity

Normal (1998 - 2001)
Alongside Stevie Simmons, Sean"-y boy" Watkins and James "the frames" Walker.  These hard-working, ordinary lads played catchy, quirky indie numbers and were favourites of universities and local radio alike.

Air (1986 - 1996)
With indie-pop outfit Air (not the French band), he supported an eclectic mix of acts (Comsat Angels, Gang Of Four, The Specials, Half Man Half Biscuit) and some up-and-coming indie acts (Gene, Travis, Out Of My Hair, Jenny Jones), and played the Greenbelt and Edinburgh Fringe festivals.  


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