Swords, County Dublin
"Bead avoids introspective singer-songwriter hell and ploughs a furrow that keeps him on the right side of the commercial track." – Jackie Hayden HOTPRESS
Bead is the moniker given to musician and songwriter Dave Dwyer by an MTV rapper he once crossed paths with.
In June 2017, Bead collaborated with Morrissey guitarist Boz Boorer and The Ruts drummer Dave Ruffy in Portugal to produce his five song acoustic EP 'Country Mountain’ featuring songs 'Just Like The Beatles’, ’The Highway' and 'Black Irish Dogs'.
Born in a three bed semidetached house in North Dublin, he became vegetarian while watching Live Aid in 1985. He grew up listening to Manchester band The Smiths and started writing songs for his own band before they disbanded after two years gigging in his home town.
Undeterred, Bead began recording solo demos of his original material with local producer Dave McCune who he met through a mutual musician friend. Almost immediately, he received national airplay for his demo songs 'Superman' and 'Heaven' on the Dave Fanning Show (Irelands National Radio Station 2FM) which garnered attention from Major record labels.
He played Whelans IMRO showcase gigs and received favourable reviews from Hotpress magazine. He headlined his own gigs in the DA Club and played open mic sessions in Sin é, the Mez Bar and the Ruby Sessions.
After seeing a poster in the window of Tower Records, Bead decided he had to work with Morrissey's guitarist Boz Boorer. The pair met in Portugal in 2010 and recorded Bead's 8 song EP ‘ Battle Stations’.
Recorded in Portugal and mastered in Metropolis Studios London, the new five song EP ‘Country Mountain' was released on September 10th, 2018.