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Formerly known as Joseph & David, Dancing Years are

Joseph Lawrenson - Piano, organ
David Henshaw - Guitar, vocals

Sam Murray - Drums
Joe Semple - Accordion
Dan Fielding - Electric Guitar
Dominic Butler - Violin

Dancing Years comprise of best friends David Henshaw and Joseph Lawrenson, who have been writing music together for two years now, dividing their time between Cardiff and their Leeds hometown. When performing live, they are joined by a host of friends who provide additional piano, guitar, vocals, accordion, drums and violin to reconstruct the full, powerful sounds of their records. Their live performances in 2011 have seen the band gather an increasing amount of plaudits as a result of a full UK tour in support of Benjamin Francis Leftwich as well as gigs supporting the likes of James Vincent McMorrow, Peggy Sue, Foy Vance, and Jonny Kearney & Lucy Farrell. They also made a triumphant debut appearance at SWN Festival in October.

Their debut release 'So Short of Time EP' was a charming introduction to this talented partnership, and with their second EP 'Rise Up The Sun' (produced by James Kenosha and released December 2011), they show how they have developed and expanded their sound by creating a mature record that is both captivating and rewarding for the listener. Fans of Bon Iver will admire David's stunning vocals as he drifts from sweet, delicate hushed whisperings (Sleepy Heart) to roaring intensity (Falling Wood). Whereas fans of Beirut and Devandra Banhart are likely to be enticed by the rich, varied depth of the instrumentation throughout.



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Features & Interviews

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2013 - A Year In Review

The LMS team got together for a chat and a drink to discuss the musical highs and lows of 2013 in our fair city. And you know what; it was a pretty busy year!


Advent Calendar: 19th December

Day 19 of LMS's Advent Calendar 2011


CD Reviews

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Various Artists

This Christmas


Joseph & David

Rise Up The Sun


Gig Reviews

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Dancing Years

Live @ Everyman Cinema on Wednesday, 13th November 2013


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Live @ Irish Centre on Monday, 14th October 2013


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Live @ Live At Leeds 2013 on Saturday, 4th May 2013


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Live @ Live At Leeds 2012 on Saturday, 5th May 2012


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Live @ Brudenell Social Club on Friday, 27th April 2012


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Live @ Royal Park Cellars on Thursday, 23rd September 2010



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"Everything is incorporated into Backyards' sound; much more than the simple Indie dynamics of guitar, bass and drums. Keyboards make an appearance, string sections...and music that is atmospheric; contrasting between dark and light, upbeat and melancholic." - AltSounds.Com

Gig History

Dancing Years has played 29 gigs in Leeds • Add a gig

  • 2014-01-29 @ Nation of Shopkeepers
  • 2013-11-19 @ Holy Trinity Church
  • 2013-11-09 @ The Hop (Wakefield)
  • 2013-10-14 @ Irish Centre
  • 2013-03-29 @ Left Bank
  • 2013-03-08 @ Brudenell Social Club
  • 2013-01-30 @ Oporto
  • 2012-12-18 @ Seven
  • 2012-11-26 @ The Wardrobe
  • 2012-11-10 @ Brudenell Social Club (Games Room)
  • 2012-10-22 @ Empire
  • 2012-07-25 @ Nation of Shopkeepers
  • 2012-06-29 @ Brudenell Social Club
  • 2012-05-05 @ Cockpit Room 3
  • 2012-04-27 @ Brudenell Social Club
  • 2012-04-06 @ Brudenell Social Club
  • 2012-02-10 @ Eiger Studios
  • 2011-12-19 @ Holy Trinity Church
  • 2011-12-06 @ Brudenell Social Club
  • 2011-09-01 @ Brudenell Social Club
  • 2011-04-25 @ Oporto
  • 2011-03-26 @ Left Bank
  • 2010-12-30 @ Seven
  • 2010-10-26 @ Oporto
  • 2010-09-23 @ Royal Park Cellars
  • 2010-09-17 @ Cockpit Room 3
  • 2010-09-11 @ Adelphi
  • 2010-07-04 @ Angel's Share
  • 2010-04-06 @ Seven