Bead is the moniker given to musician and songwriter Dave Dwyer and is a registered trade mark ®.
Born in North County 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 gigging for two years in his home town.
Undeterred, Bead® began recording solo demos of original material with local producer Dave McCune who he met through a mutual musician friend. Almost immediately, he received national airplay for his songs ‘Superman’ and ‘Heaven’ on the Dave Fanning Rock 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’.
In June 2017, Bead® collaborated with Morrissey’ guitarist Boz Boorer and The Ruts drummer Dave Ruffy in Portugal to record his five song acoustic EP ‘Country Mountain’ featuring songs ‘Just Like The Beatles’, ’The Highway’ and ‘Black Irish Dogs’.
Recorded in Portugal and mastered for iTunes by Grammy award winning engineer Tim Young in Metropolis Studios London, the new five song EP ‘Country Mountain’ was released on September 10th, 2018.