Una comes from a small farm near a village called Castlebellingham, in the smallest Irish county, the “wee county” of Louth, which borders Northern Ireland. Una grew up on a farm and started to sing with her farther’s encouragement. The cows on the farm were enormously appreciative of Una’s vocal talents. Her earliest fans, in fact! With a smile and a song, Una could charm these bovines back into their stalls every night with hardly a “moo” of discontent. Even audiences with tails don’t faze this lady.
Encouraged by her local church, Una auditioned for an international singing ensemble, and worked both in Ireland and the United States of America. During her time with the ensemble, she sang for many famous people including Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, Terry Wogan, Peter Allis and many international politicians.
Eventually Una left the ensemble and toured America as a solo artist before returning to Ireland and rejoining the act. When she met Tony, Una moved over to the UK where together they began performing as No Fixed Abode.
Born in Manchester Tony’s interest in music at school led him to take up the trumpet and he went on to play in the Manchester YMCA Brass Band. At sixteen he got his first guitar, but guitar playing had to take second place to his day job, and his musical ambitions had to be put on hold until he and Una decided to perform together. Tony has a keen interest in music and has been influenced by many different styles from Folk to classical, pop, rock and acoustic
Tony is the mainspring of No Fixed Abode’s songwriting creativity. He is constantly coming up with original ideas for songs, catchy guitar licks and further ways of using Una’s beautiful and unique vocals. As a result of the success of No Fixed Abode Tony has given up his day job to concentrate full time writing and performing.
No Fixed Abode are fronted by Una Walsh singing in her own lilting Irish accent and Tony Dean supporting on acoustic guitar. Based in Shaftesbury No Fixed Abode have travelled all across the
Their new album Clearwater, due for release 10th April 2007 is an eclectic mix of songs ranging from the pure voice/guitar arrangement of Call Me to a full folk rock sound of School Days with emotional stops all along the way.
The album features a number of local musicians including Ashley Hutchins of Fairport Convention fame on bass and the violin virtuoso Patrick Walker from
The name No Fixed Abode stems from the fact that Una comes from
At this point it is usual to boast of achievements, all too often the build up leads to a disappointment. No Fixed Abode have an old fashioned idea not currently popular that the proof is in the listening so they have made three tracks available to listen to at www.myspace,com/musicnfa You can also see a video of them performing an acoustic version of there song Absent Friends. If you are not on the web they will send you a four track demo free!
In this current climate of safe jaded music take the time to give No Fixed Abode a listen and refresh your belief in real music.
“Una’s voice soars mixing tender emotions and raw power into a heady mixture, the interplay between Una and Tony is absolutely charming”
John O’Regan Irish Music Magazine