Dave Sharp - News Archive

March 2017 - Change of Venue for Friday March 31st show

Please note if you are planning to be at the Farmers Arms show on 31st March that there has been a change of venue.
The show will now be at The Blue Ball Inn in Triscombe. The Blue Ball is not too far from the original venue at The Farmers Arms.

February 2017 - 2017 Live Dates. Gathering 25. New Live Acoustic Album.

Well 2017 is well underway and rolling out apace with new live dates for Spring posted through until early May, a fine and well received performance at the 2017 Alarm Gathering on Friday Feb 3rd and a new live acoustic album recorded 3 days before the US presidential election result.

Dave will be heading out on the road again at the end of February for live dates which will take in a trip to North Devon and a run up to Scotland as we head towards Easter time.

A huge vote of thanks goes to all the fine folks who attended Gathering 2017 on Friday 3rd Feb. Dave had a very well recieved show sharing the bill with Mike and Jules for the first time since Jan 2010. Dave would like to thank Mike and Jules for the invitation to play and all the staff and folks on the production team for making the event so special and memorable.

A new Dave Sharp live acoustic album At The Vic has been released and is available via mail order from Little London Records. There is a link to Little London Records here on the discography page and on Facebook.

The album was recorded live on a cold November Sunday evening, 3 days before the US presidential election result. Dave gave a totally unrehearsed and spontaneous solo acoustic performance for an intimate crowd at the Victoria Inn, one of Colchesters premier live music venues. There was a palpable sense of something special in the air that night. Its all captured on At The Vic, live in detail, between the notes and between the lines on this new 11 track live album which is already receiving enthusiastic reviews.

It will be a busy year ahead so please stay tuned for updates and news on all things Sharp which will be posted here and on Daves Facebook as it happens.

Travel Easy.

November 2016 - Year End Round Up and New dates 2017

Well hey everybody. its been forever since theres been an update here on the news page so its Dave speaking here with a whole bunch on this years activities and on into 2017.

Im very pleased and excited to announce a show on Friday 3rd February at the 2017 Gathering in North Wales but more on that later down the page.

After a fantastic Winter tour of Ireland in February it was onwards and upwards into a great Spring Summer festival schedule.

On the way to Summer there was a memorable show in Stockton with Spear of Destiny. Its always a great pleasure and an inspiration to share the bill with Kirk Brandon.

Of the Summers festivals there were some memorable and notable performances. The Fling in Chelmsford was an unexpectedly superb day, its a yearly event with an eclectic line up of artists and a great atmosphere. SOL Party in Hawkhurst Kent and Festival 8 in Lincoln were two new events for me, both were amazing days and great shows. On both days I had the opportunity and great pleasure of performing alongside Bruce Barthol from Country Joe and The Fish. I had a wonderful time at the Volksfest Festival and got to say hello again to Buster Bloodvessel and the fine folks in Bad Manners who I last met at TOTP in the mid Eighties. On the August Devon trip I was delighted to make a return visit to the Calvertstock festival where I was delighted to host and perform on the Acoustic stage alongside some great new Noth Devon talent and for the first time I was invited to perform at the Watchet Festival where I performed on the Something Else stage. Later that day I had an opportunity to see a great set from the superbly incomparable Peter Hook. Another notable festival performance was an opportunity to open for The Stranglers and The Rezillos at the Great British Alternative Festival in Scarborough, a fine day indeed.

I was excited to receive an invitation to appear at Oxjam in Chelmsford. It marked a return to duty for my good friend Tim OSullivan who ran the Brecon Fringe Festival and has since relocated to The Kings Head in Chelmsford. As ever it was a full on day packed with acoustic and electric artists of all kinds and I had a superb day indeed.

Well that was Summer more or less and brings us up to date here to my current mini tour of Scotland on which Im playing a series of Lighting Up shows in the Glasgow area. Its my first time Lighting Up where I perform and the Christmas lights are switched on. A superfine thing indeed.

I have one or two shows left to close out an amazing year in 2016. One to watch for will be the Blue Funk Christmas Party. Ive had the great pleasure of performing at a couple of Blue Funk events in the past and can testify that plenty of superbly eclectic artists and bands will be well worth the trip to Poynton for folks who enjoy excellent music. The final shows of the year will be with my old friend Robin Sunflower on the 26th and 27th of December. Its always a great pleasure to perform with Robin and guaranteed to be an evening of great music and new talent.

Well into the year ahead in 2017.

Im very pleased and excited to be able to announce an appearance at the 2017 Gathering in Llandudno early February. Its been some time since Ive had a chance to perform there and very much looking forwards to being with all my friends and Alarm folks again.

In closing Id like to say a huge thank you to all whove travelled to the shows this year and to all the organisers and promoters who have supported me along the way.

Have a superfine Holiday Season folks and heres to a great year ahead in 2017.


March 2016 - ROAD REPORT SPRING 2016

With 2016 well underway, Easter behind us and Springtime firmly upon us we thought it would be a fine time for a road report on Daves February Irish tour.

Daves Emerald Adventure took in the North South West and East of Ireland with an exhausting run of 12 dates in 15 days and we would like to send a huge vote of appreciation to all the promoters and venues who organised, helped and supported Dave on the tour.

After an early morning ferry trip from Liverpool to Dublin and landing in Ireland the tour kicked off and warmed up in the North with a couple of shows in County Donegal at The Forge in Donegal itself and Mcgrorys in the Northern town of Culdaff. It was a tight squeeze at The Forge to fit in Daves sound equipment but after a long set up an expectant crowd, some of whom had traveled from out of town, were treated to an amazing show and were extremely receptive. Dave was immediately invited back by venue owner Tom to appear later that same week but his schedule couldnt stretch, no doubt there will be a return trip to The Forge in the not too distant future!!
From there it was on to the coastal town of Culdaff for a late show at McGrorys. Dave would like to thank Megan and the all McGrorys staff for a great show and overnight stay. We would also like to thank Greg Gorman for all the mega help in getting Dave landed and safely up to Donegal. Thanks for a great visit Greg!!

Final show of the first leg warm up shows was a visit across country to Enniscorthy at Toss kavanaghs, Hi from us here to all the Alarm folks who attended it was great to see you all and thank you for making it such a very memorable evening.

The second leg of the tour was blessed with some wonderful weather for the dates on West Coast in Miltown Galway City and Kinvarra which received some great notices. It was another tight squeeze at Clancys in Miltown Malbay which turned out to be a wonderful evening thanks to Sally and Gerrard. Dave passes on a huge thank you to the Irish session players there for all the amazing music the night before. Connollys in Kinvarra was the venue for the next nights show Legendary Irish folk musicians, accordion player Dermot Byrne from Altan and fiddle player Frankie Gavin from De Danaan, played an early evening acoustic set which Dave was able to see after his soundcheck and was properly amazed. Dave sends a big howdee to Dermot and Frankie who stayed behind after their set to watch Daves show.

After journeying South towards Limerick County Cork Dave played a show at an amazing new venue Connollys of Leap. Sharing the bill that night were troupador Reg Meuros and singer songwriter Eugene Brosnan. After the show that night Dave was able to hang out with Eugene whos set was very well recieved. In attendance were some of Daves old friends from the Kissing Bandits who appeared with the Alarm on the Eye of the Hurricane tour. Dave invited Eugene to appear with him later in the tour at the Seamus Ennis Arts Centre show in Dublin. Originaly scheduled for that slot was Laura Mulcahey who was unable to make the trip, we send blessings to Laura and hope to see you on the next Emerald swing.

After the West Coast it was time for a well earned break to recharge the batteries and Dave headed across Ireland to Ballywilliam to visit his old friend, singer songwriter and musicologist extraordinaire Eddy Doyle. It was lambing time on Eddies farm and Daves first experience at assisting with the overnight fox watch as the new lambs were born. A huge thanks goes to Eddie Hazel and Roisin for a wonderfully relaxing time and for much music shared.

Onwards for the final leg of the tour which began in Waterford at Phil Grimes. We would like to give a big shout out to Colin Busher and Gary who did an amazing job organising the show at Phil Grimes and also to Tom who made everyone feel so welcome there. It was a superbly happening venue and a great evening.

Colfers in Wexford was the next stop, a great and very well respected music venue which has hosted some of the best known musicians in Ireland. Dave was made to feel very welcome there by Owner and Harmonica genius John, who kindly gave Dave a well needed lesson or two in harmonica maintenance!!

From Wexford the Emerald Adventure headed for Dublin where Dave was to meet up with singer songwriter Eugene Brosnan from the Connollys show in Leap. We would like to say thank you Eugene for making a tour de force road trip to appear on the bill with Dave at The Seamus Ennis Arts Centre at very short notice!! The show was played entirely accoustic for an intimate and enthusiastic room of folks and during the course of the evening both Eugene and Dave had a chance to perform together. A fine thing indeed with talk of future dates together!!

With the final leg in sight it was time for the last show in Belfast city centre the night after at The Sunflower and then the journey back to Dublin for the afternoon ferry back to Liverpool.

It would be totally amiss not to give special mention to John Roberts from Barking Spider Promotions for a superhuman effort in booking and expertly routing the Emerald Adventure and to Andy in Belfast who at extremely short notice sorted out the venue there.

Well that concludes the Irish road report, We will have news of the North Devon run and Easter time Scottish dates in the next report.

A huge thank you and vote of appreciation once again to everyone who helped in Ireland and to all the fine folks who made it out to the shows it was great to see you all and Dave is very much looking forward to seeing everyone on the next visit.

From all of us at Dave Sharp.org Go well and Travel easy!!

January 2016 - Happy New Year for 2016

Happy New Year everyone and wishing you all the very best in 2016

New Year 2016 dates have been posted and its going to be a great year ahead

Dave is readying up for his first solo Irish trip in February which were all very excited about
The trip begins on the West coast in Galway and takes him on a three week tour all the way across to Dublin
Along the way he plans to be able to get together to make some music with his good friend accordion player and singer songwriter Eddie Doyle who introduced Dave to The Kerry Irish Pub during his time in New Orleans

Following Ireland Dave heads back for an Easter run of dates in Devon and Scotland before returning to Manchester

Look out for some festival dates later in the year as we move towards Spring and Summer this year

We do hope you all had an amazing holiday and that you all have a great year ahead in 2016

Be safe on the road and travel easy

November 2015 - 2015 Year End Dates Announced

Well we're hurtling hell for leather into the year end holiday season and to round out a very productive and busy year we're happy to announce a run of dates throughout the month of December...

Dave will be traveling to Scotland, to the East coast of England and as far as the Severn estuary on a year end dash around the country..We do encourage you to support as many dates as you can as the month long run will represent a culmination of all the hard work undertaken over the Summer festival season.

It's been an amazing year of performing with shows going from strength to strength as momentum builds towards the coming year....

There will be a run of Irish dates announced shortly which are set to happen New Year 2016 around the end of February early March...This will be Dave's first solo acoustic visit to Ireland since he toured there in the nineties with the Hard Travellin' album accompanied by his band from New Jersey "The Hard Travellers"

Well the Year end is looking busy for Dave... We hope to see you all out on the road this December...

Peace and Love to all...

October 2015 - Autumn/Winter Update 2015

Dave has returned from his Mid Norway mini expidition last month with great feedback and in fine spirits

He teamed up with concert promoters Happy Rock Shows for a short run of low key exploratory dates on the mid Norway coast. On the bill with Dave was his good friend Andy Dawes and Norwegian singer songwriter Trond who provided a more than able opening on all the shows.

Following up on the success of the shows its possible Dave might make a return visit to Norway sometime towards Spring early Summer for some outdoor shows.

Dave passes on his gratitude to all the venues and concert promoters Happy Rock Shows for all the great work organising the trip and making it possible to play some great music for the fine folks of Mit-Norveg.

There are some cool shows coming up later this Autumn including a visit to Shrewsbury for an appearance with Mr Kirk Brandon and look out for a show at one of Daves farourite places The Venue in Lymm Cheshire. Dave says The Venue is a superb room to play a totally focused show where folks can experience an up close and personal performance.

Look out for a year end show on Friday December 18th at the wonderful Acoustic Lounge in Poynton being billed as Mad Friday at The Lounge with Dave Sharp. It is a superbly run venue specialising in up close and personal performances from great acoustic artists.

Well thats all for now folks. Stay tuned for more dates this autumn.

September 2015 - Autumn/Winter 2015

Well Hey Everyone...

Dave is readying up for a great show this weekend with the wonderful Mr Tom Hingley at The Village Inn East Kilbride...The Village has a great history of superb music which is being continued by the amazing Brian Byrne and Hashtag Music...

Following East Kilbride Dave heads south for a show with Kirk Brandon at The Islington London as part of the Akoustik bill....Dave and Kirk toured together last year on a 3 week run of dates which was very well received....Dave has been a longtime fan of Kirk's music all the way back to 1981 when he first saw a Kirk show at The Music Machine in Camden Town...Dave cites it as a major influence on his outlook ever since.

Following that it's off to Norway for Dave's first solo acoustic visit to Europe which should be a highlight of this years activities...A number of supporters have expressed an interest in heading out to Europe for the mini tour...see Dave's Facebook page if you're thinking of heading out there.

There will shortly be dates for Autumn/Winter 2015 announced so stay tuned and see you on the road!!!

August 2015 - Fare well Bob Johnston-An Inspiration to all things Music...

"It is with great sadness that I've just been informed that Bob Johnston, a great producer who worked with artists including Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, has died aged 83.
He was behind the desk for Dylans Blonde On Blonde album in 1966, and also oversaw Johnny Cashs live records At Folsom Prison in 1968 and 1969 At San Quentin.
One of Johnstons friends confirmed the news of his death at a Nashville hospice to The Austin Chronicle: Bobs wife told me "he passed away peacefully. The grand master waved his magical wand for the last time, then disappeared off into the night."
Johnston was born in Texas in 1932 and before landing a job as in house producer at Columbia Records, he wrote tracks for Elvis Presley and Bill Haley And His Comets.
He went on to work with a range of artists, including Leonard Cohen, Simon And Garfunkel, the Byrds, Pete Seeger, Jimmy Cliff, Marty Robbins and Willie Nelson.
I had the honour of working with the great man himself . My heart goes out to his family & my prayers are with them.
The next time you listen to the work we did together, raise a glass in Bob's memory.
Rest in Peace my friend.

April 2015 - Dave announces Norway Dates

Well it's beginning to feel like Spring is springing and Summer can't be too far off...

Dave is readying up for a busy schedule of dates running right through the year with his first solo accoustic trip to Europe for a series of dates in Norway in September...More detailed info on how to get tickets for these shows will be announced shortly

There are a number of Festival dates this Summer including a revisit to the wonderful Headlander Festival in June..

Dave will be joining with the wonderful JJ Gilmore in May for a show in Scotland....More shows with JJ could well follow in from that in the Autumn...we'll keep you posted

It sure is looking like it'll be a busy year ahead so please stay tuned for regular updates...

Travel Easy.....

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