September 4, 2003 - Scotland's Minister of Culture a Dean Friedman Fan




Scotland’s Minister for Culture, Frank McAveety, rates American Singer/Songwriter, Dean Friedman tops in Fringe culture.


       Frank McAveety, Scotland’s Minister of Culture, cast his vote for the epitome of Fringe culture when he elected to attend Dean Friedman’s critically acclaimed Fringe show at the prestigious Assembly Rooms at the recent Edinburgh Fringe Festival.


Real Life Records recording artist, Dean Friedman, popular for his familiar hits, ‘Lucky Stars’, ‘Lydia’, ‘Ariel’, ‘McDonald’s Girl’ and ‘Woman of Mine’, was performing his show, Dean Friedman – Songs for Grownups, when McAveety toured the international arts festival. McAveety chose Friedman’s show to cap an afternoon of Festival performances. “Watch him!, this is a kind of communion, he is a professional. This is what a sense of belonging is all about!”


McAveety, an avid record collector, boasted of owning an original vinyl copy of Dean Friedman’s classic gold album “Well, Well”, Said the Rocking Chair.” On hearing Friedman perform one of his hits, ‘Lydia’, McAveety exclaimed, “Oh, this is beautiful. A classic.”


Following his appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe, Friedman will be embarking on a 30 city UK/Ireland tour beginning Oct 1st to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the release of his classic album “Well, Well” Said the Rocking Chair.’ The tour will coincide with a special edition reissue of the album on CD, entitled “Well, Well”Said the Rocking Chair’ – 25th Anniversary Edition’ , available exclusively on Friedman’s website .


Critics have compared Friedman’s music to the likes of Paul Simon, Sting, Randy Newman and Elton John and recent featured appearances on the hit BBC series,  I Love The ‘70’s, Classic Duets , The Baddiel Syndrome and Jonathan Ross, have served to re-ignite Friedman’s recording and performing career. Typical reviews describe Friedman and his music thus: SONGSMITH EXTRAORDINAIRE’ – MUSIC WEEK. ‘STUNNING MUSICIANSHIP’ – HOT PRESS. CONSUMMATE PERFORMER’ – MELODY MAKER.


 Friedman’s recent concert series at the Fringe Festival (Assembly Rooms) garnered lavish critical praise: “Every song in this Edinburgh show is a classic. You won't see a better show.” – London Theatre Guide.  "Sophisticated and humorous work from an old master!" Scotland on Sunday / Festival Critic's Music Choice. “With his mix of jaunty ditties, sentimental ballads and bashful charm, Friedman is the pop troubador of choice.” The Scotsman.


Friedman’s upcoming 25th Anniversary tour commences with four dates in Scotland – Glasgow, Aberdeen, Glenfarg and Dumfries -  (See for tour dates). Says Friedman, “I hope I’ll get the chance to visit the Minister of Culture for Scotland to thank him for his support. Too bad I can’t vote in this country!”


The new release, ‘Well, Well’ Said the Rocking Chair’ – 25th Anniversary Edition, is being re-issued by independent label, Real Life Records, and is available online at .  For a listing of tour dates for the upcoming, Dean Friedman – 25th Anniversary UK/Ireland Tour, go to

 For info contact: Steve Schwartz