Joined Feb 21 2014
70 years old
I was born in Dublin and have lived in Australia for over 30 years, most of them in Adelaide. My Australian odyssey started on the east coast - hitch-hiking from Queensland to Tasmania where I worked professionally as Dez Perrado, The Human Jukebox.
On the style of my music, I call it Celtic & Western - some songs float off into the misty twilight while others could be just as close as the next bar stool, with the emphasis on good lyrics and melodies. On my site www.deswade.com you will get an idea of the type of songs I write - in fact, the first page features a very new song about the famous Dublin character Thomas (Bang Bang) Dudley who roamed the streets for many decades "shooting" people with an old key and shouting "Bang, bang, you're dead!" - hence the affectionate nickname.
An award-winning songwriter and lyricist and member of SCALA (South Australia’s Songwriters, Composers & Lyricists Association), many of my songs are lyrical and poetic. But many others have more hard edged themes.
I don't play live or promote my music for sale in any formal way and my ambition is to get others to perform and/or record my songs.
A few years ago the US group Locklin Road recorded and released online my ballad Wings of Angels and it spent some weeks high in the CDBaby folk charts which was very satisfying.
Dreams, quests and adventures as well as a rich fantasy world are recurring themes in my songs and I describe myself as a bit of a dreamer – but with both feet planted firmly in the clouds - who started out with nothing and still has most of it!