Hailing from the village of Wanlockhead in Dumfries and Galloway Dave describes himself as a left-handed, balding, middle-aged songwriting folky from Scotland’s highest village. A superb guitarist with a style that is as distinctive as it is effective, a voice that can carry traditional and contemporary songs and a songwriting ability that produces songs ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous, he is an established performer throughout the acoustic/folk club, festival and concert scene.
Having realised that he was never going to be the new Rory Gallagher Dave drew his early inspiration as a guitarist from such 'heroes' as Paul Simon, Richard Thompson, Bert Jansch and anyone else who plays acoustic guitar, and he continues to pick up influences from more contemporary players. His playing has evolved into a sound and style that is all his own. Bluesy, folky, jazzy or straightforward head-down-and-stuff-the-subtlety finger picking styles are all in evidence.
Lyrically Dave is a storyteller and troubadour and is determined to maintain the art of storytelling through song. Musically he draws on both traditional and contemporary sources, especially the finger picking styles of the heroes and is one of the more accomplished guitarists on the folk circuit. The not-too-serious songs reflect his somewhat cynical view of the world and its inhabitants. As a result his songs have titles as diverse as The Leaving (about the highland clearances) and Mentally Degoolified (about the neutering of his cat) and subjects that range from the death of John the Baptist (Caravaggio’s Eyes) to what life must have been like as a chamber pot emptier living on the banks of the Yangtze River (Better Life Next Time).