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Stew Dixon is a Cork Based singer-songwriter he brings an energetic and passionate performance to the stage; blending his unique and sweet vocals with an expressive finger playing guitar style. He started writing songs in 2009 even playing support for a local band Monorail in the Crane Lane. In 2014 he decided to pursue his music career full-time and chase down his dream. Setting out with his acoustic guitar and a handful of original songs he is playing every opportunity he can get his hands on whether he’s Busking in the streets or regularly making an appearance at Cork’s numerous open mic nights and singer-songwriter showcases. At the weekend he can be found playing in pubs throughout the Munster area.

Try Stew Dixon’s beautiful 4-track Ep, “The Animals”. Stew never seems to pay attention to musical trends; he doesn’t write catchy jingles. What he does do, is create some of the most powerful, haunting folk-acoustic-pop songs you’re likely to hear.

Every once in a while you’ll hear a song that touches you so deeply, it reflects your deepest, darkest feelings so perfectly that while listening, you feel better simply because someone else knows and understands. The thing about “The Animals” is that it is full of those types of songs. And Stew Dixon achieves all of this armed with his acoustic guitar, his voice and pretty much nothing else.

There are basically two responses that I have when I hear a great song for the first time. Either I want to hear the next song, or I want to turn off the player and process what I’ve just heard. Stew Dixon’s music elicits the latter response. His songs express a solid grasp of human life. Simply put, he writes songs that are authentic and cut through to the heart of the matter in a way that seems so effortless that you believe each and every word.

Stew Dixon is a rare breed — a songwriter, storyteller, and performer. On “The Animals”, Stew’s sound is uncluttered hand relies on vocal arrangements and simple acoustic guitar. The result is a lean sound, one that has more space for his distinct singing voice and shimmering guitar. His performance drips with genuine and true emotion. Stew gives you the impression that he took up the guitar because it was the only way he could find to say what had to be said.

Of the songs, “Old Friend” is my favorite, but only because it rings truer with my heartstrings and reminds me so much of classic James Taylor. “The Times” and “The Animals” don’t fall far behind.

If you’re tired of the “prepared products” on today’s music scene and want something lighter but deeper and less intricate but more substantial, then pick up “The Animals” by Stew Dixon. It’s honest, straightforward, and pure music, without any gimmicks!

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