I've been writing and performing since the early 70’s, when songwriters ruled the airwaves. As a young musician, influences like Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, James Taylor and Crosby, Stills and Nash shaped my sense of story, rhyme and harmony. My first radio performance was at 17.
I then spent over 25 years living and playing across Europe as a solo act and in various bands. But nothing fueled my passion for songwriting more than my years living in Dublin, Ireland. That’s why my music is a mixture of folk, country and americana songs with a celtic accent.
I love storytelling. Telling stories is as natural as breathing. Life is full of them. My goal as a singer-songwriter is to help the stories come alive. I go by Durand instead of Noel because of a story. I’ve moved more than twenty times. There are lots of stories behind that. I’ve lived around the world in France, Germany, Belgium, Bangladesh, and of course my beloved Ireland. I feel like I have lived a dozen lives in half a century and have only begun to realize what a treasure that is. The influence of other people’s lives, cultures and their unique stories seep into the lyrics and melodies of my music.
Music shouldn't just be like tap water that you turn on and off. It's what keeps our hearts beating, our minds dreaming and our souls replenished.
As an artist, I need to be connected to your stories as much as you need mine. I'd like to invite you to be part of the conversation. That's where great songs come from.
This year my handful of supporters will be live-chatting with me regularly, hosting music evenings, getting exclusive livestreams of my performances, helping choose songs for studio recordings and most of all, finding their way into the songs that I sing.
Will you be one of them? Send me a message.