Making Hay CD Launch, 25th November, 2011
Dave started learning the guitar around 1967. His "discovery" of the world of black acoustic blues, helped to foster a lifelong interest .
Never narrow-minded in his musical tastes, Dave played in folk bands, such as "The Whole Hog". Busking trips to London and Paris further toughened up his playing and performing during the mid 70s.
In 1977 a chance encounter, with the very young Eddi Reader, lead to the formation of the trio Pigmeat, with guitarist Angus Aird. They played together round Scotland - with the odd foray to Cambridge and London .
In 1979 Dave began a career as a professional bird conservationist - a job that lasted until he left it in December 2006.
Dave and fellow guitarist Jim Gilbert, have recently been playing, to increasing acclaim, as "Wing and a Prayer". Dave and Jim are now both full-time musicians.
Jim started gigging at 16, playing soul music on electric guitar - songs mainly from the Stax Label by the likes of Wilson Pickett, Joe Tex.
Then in his 20's he concentrated on acoustic guitar, playing mainly blues, inspired by performers such as Robert Johnson, John Martyn, Ry Cooder.
This took him on to the folk club/festival circuit playing solo and with a variety of blues/swing bands such as the Original Kingston Bridge Trio (guitar/vocals) and the cult band - Sean Mcghee's Limited Edition (bass).
This period included busking throughout the UK. and the Continent.
He then spent several years studying music and tutoring guitar before renewing an old partnership with Dave Dick in "Wing and a Prayer".