Dean Owens & The Southerners Leith Dockers Club Friday 13th March 2020 Review

Photo credit: John Morgan

With Edinburgh Entertainment & Arts



Dean Owens launched his new album - “The Man From Leith - The Best of Dean Owens” at Leith Dockers Club tonight with his current band The Southerners aka the award winning talents of Tom Collison (keys and bass guitar) and Jim Maving on guitar, delta slide and mandolin - not forgetting of course, honorary Southerner and always a big part of Dean’s musical sound on stage, Amy Geddes on fiddle and vocals. This show was also supposed to be the start of their tour, but events outside anyone’s control may have made this the shortest tour of Dean’s musical career.  For updates on shows check with Dean at his website at

I hope that Dean and The Southerners can play as many planned shows as possible, but if not, then this one will I think go down with everyone at The Dockers Club, the band, and Dean himself as something a little bit special and a night to remember for everyone. This was Dean Owens, the boy from Madeira Street, Leith, at home within a venue he knows well (and also where he gave his first public performance as a singer). Out of all the shows I have seen Dean Owens play, I think this show was probably Dean at his best and most relaxed. This was not Dean Owens the singer/songwriter performing on stage tonight, but a far more intimate performance from a man at home with family and friends, and that added a very extra layer of emotional depth when songs like the always popular and requested “The Man From Leith”, and not often performed, “Julie’s Moon” were performed.  With these songs, Dean is giving us songs from the heart about his father and his sister – both tributes in very different ways, but both powerful words and music.  These two songs, perhaps more than any other songs from Dean are what his music is about at its core – real people and real emotions.

As you would expect at an album launch, material from the album featured heavily in the two sets here, and “Up On The Hill”, “Virginia Street”, “The Night Johnny Cash Played San Quentin”, and “Raining In Glasgow” were not only big crowd pleasers, but give a small taste of how varied Dean Owens songs can be.   It was also nice to hear how Jim Maving and Tom Collison have added to the sound of these songs and be able to compare them with the original studio versions on the album. There were also many other very well written songs that never made it to this “Best of” album, and perhaps the night’s closing song – Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” - will never become a standard in Dean’s live shows, but I am assured that it is a bit of a tradition to end a night at The Leith Dockers Club with this song,

I reviewed “The Man From Leith - The Best of Dean Owens” recently too,  and it is available at this page

Review by Tom King


Magazines, websites, publications. If you want to use any of our reviews, or commission reviews and interviews please contact with your requirements.



In Loving Memory - Edinburgh's Graveyards & Cemeteries by Lisa Sibbald

120 pages with nearly 200 new photographs by the author

The images on gravestones can mean so much.  Sometimes they are simply just decoration, but particularly on earlier gravestones there can be symbolism that tells you about the person who died, their beliefs, or maybe the beliefs of those who buried them.

This book will help you to understand the meaning of gravestones, as well as giving an insight into the history of mourning and burial, and a look at some of the many interesting gravestones in Edinburgh’s churchyards and cemeteries.  It can only ever be an introduction to the subject, but hopefully by the time you’ve read it, you’ll want to get out and explore graveyards and see what more you can discover



"We were both of us, so beautiful together
For just that one glorious, fleeting moment
Two shining souls, looking for a mate
Two glorious lovers trying to hold back the morning"

Words from "We Were Never Going To be Allowed To Keep This moment  -Were We?
copyright © Tom King 2019



All reviews are copyright Entertainment Edinburgh / Southside Advertiser or the review writer and may not be used or reprinted in whole or in part in any medium whatsoever without the written permission of Entertainment Edinburgh / Southside Advertiser or the review writer.

We do however make exception for artists, companies and theatres involved in any review to use reviews (or part of) for their own promotion and publicity