Origins


Biography


BBC ‘s ‘Across The Line’

“Uplifting and lion-hearted in equal measure, ‘Oh Marseille’ is a song of hope for the future.

 …it speaks from the heart, an inspiring ballad, stands on it’s own as a unique composition full of passion..”

The Thin Air

“…A ruminating, Americana-tinged, wonderfully-realised release bursting with carefully-crafted pathos and soul.

Here’s hoping release number two from Sumadh – an artist of Scots/Canadian heritage – doesn’t incur quite as long a gestation period…”

State IE

“The Little Belfry EP is a uniquely captivating exercise in subdued, emotive song-making..”

Chordblossom

“…an EP absolutely loaded with passionate, heavily atmospheric tracks that take the time to slow down and think about contemporary times…”

 

Belfast-based musician/writer The Mad Dalton (aka: Peter GW Sumadh), was born in Dundee Scotland to an English Mother and Trinidadian Father. He moved to Canada at the age of seven w/ his first guitar that had been given to him by a neighbor.

When he left home in his early teens, he had already begun writing poems, songs and short stories, returning first to England and then to his native Scotland.

Making his way back to Toronto, he discovered Reg Hartt’s Cineforum where he met ‘blacklisted’ New York journalist and former Beat confidante Al Aronowitz, the man who smoked the Beatles their first joint and where he went on to experience:

“…the single best education I could have ever possibly imagined…”

For a time he studied sitar w/ Irshad Khan and Trinidad icon Mungal Patesar, continuing to write songs, poetry & fiction, performing as both a solo artist as well & in Toronto bands, before returning again across the Atlantic to post-Troubles Belfast.

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He has read and performed in Belfast, France, Toronto, London, Dublin & Berlin & his written work has appeared in ‘The Vacuum’, featured at the city’s Golden Thread Gallery & been published in the Moscow Times.

2013 saw the realisation of burgeoning musical projects culminate in the formation of a band who performed at The Sunflower Bar as part of the West Belfast Festival.

Later accompanied by sidemen Ciaran “Scruffy” Gallagher (accordion) and George McKinney (lead guitar) entered Millbank Studios w/ engineer Michael Mormecha (Mojo Fury/Loris) for 3 sessions beginning in Dec ’14 which reaped over a dozen songs.

Mixed by Jonny Woods (R51), five songs were selected to make up Sumadh’s eagerly awaited debut release as ‘The Mad Dalton’ “The Little Belfry EP” ( Nov 6th ’15) & marked with a sold-out launch party on the Belfast Barge.

Working w/ Dog Kennel Productions, the EP release was preceded by a video for the EP’s title track as well as a series of “EP Trailers”, the first of which “Intro”, featured contributions from as far afield as Scotland, Australia and Canada.

2016

Sumadh was invited to Charleville, the hometown of French poet Arthur Rimbaud in January 2016, where he stayed as a guest of the city in the teenage poet’s former residence.

In March/April he returned once again to Millbank Studios to record a follow-up to “The Little Belfry EP” which is now set to be a full  LP for release in 2017.

April also saw a full band performance at Belfast’s Empire Music Hall & an invitation from the London-based Rimbaud Verlaine Foundation to appear at Kings Place London as part of the “Rock For Rimbaud” event, opening up for Americana legends Preston Reed & Diana Jones. The event was also picked up on Cerys Matthews’ BBC Radio 6 Sunday morning show.

May saw a series of “homecoming gigs” with solo performances in Ontario including “Cineforum” & a sold-out show at the Free Times Cafe to officially launch his EP in North America.

In October he released “The Devil Came To Derry” as a Halloween video/single shot on location across several counties in Ulster.

In November, he returned for another series of “homecoming gigs”, this time to Scotland where he played in Glasgow & Edinburgh.

2017

In January, he independently released the single ‘Oh Marseille’. It was picked up on almost immediately by producers at the BBC’s ‘Across The Line’ radio show & featured as ‘Track Of the Day’.

A fluent French speaker, he is also an ice hockey enthusiast and lifelong supporter of Dundee United. He doesn’t believe in writers block and collects absinthe, claiming to have “…never touched the stuff…”.

Perhaps some things are indeed worth waiting for…?

(Jan 2017)

 

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 About This Site…


IMG_0797TheMadDalton.com began primarily as a literary-based website in 2011, as an vehicle to feature the original fiction, short stories, poetry and songs by writer/musician, Peter GW Sumadh.

The Mad Dalton’ originates from “The Mad Daltons” a nickname given to his maternal Grandmother’s family. Though they claimed French Huguenot ancestry, they were agricultural people, from Yorkshire’s East Riding who like so many, lived a life they often dreamt of escaping…

‘The Mad Dalton’ approach typifies a desire to find deeper meaning to our existence in contexts where clarity eludes so many…

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