Dave Sharp - News Archive

June 2017 - Dave Sharp to Join Mike Peters on October UK tour

We're thrilled and delighted to announce that Dave Sharp will be Joining Mike Peters on tour across the UK in October.
Dave will be opening the show on all dates. Please check with venues to confirm doors and showtimes. We've listed on the tour dates page but it's always a safe bet to check ahead for confirmation.

Summer dates are underway with upcoming trips to Devon and Scotland.

Stay tuned for updates and in the meantime travel safe and easy.

June 2017 - Summer Shows

Summertime is here and so are the new shows for Dave's Summer 2017 touring schedule.

More dates are being added so please stay tuned for up to date information.

See you on the road.

May 2017 - dave writes dave writes dave writes

Well hey folks. After a superfine run through the South East taking in Folkstone Southend and Colchester and back North via The Fishpond in Matlock Bath for some fine relaxed spa style music its time to head up to Glasgow for a long awaited show with my very good friends Mike and Jules at The Abc O2.

I had a super return visit to The Vic in colchester where last November I recorded an acoustic live album which made it into circulation at Februarys Gathering where I last shared the bill with Mike.

Since then Live at the Vic has been recieving an excellent and enthusiastic response and nice things are being said all round for which I'm very greatful.

Im very much looking forwards to the 2 shows with Mike, it will be super to be with Alarm audiences again in Glasgow and London. I'll be making trips to Chester and Lincoln along the way and if you are able to make either of those shows itll be a fine thing to see everyone.

Well we're heading firmly into a Summer run of dates now and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who is supporting me and traveling out to be there on this seemingly never ending tour.

Go easy everyone, travel safe, and see you on the road.


May 2017 - just in just in just in

Dave will be visiting Colne Radio in Colchester tonight.
He will be guesting on Loxleys Corner at 7.45 to round out his current run of dates in the South East.

Folks are invited to contact the show with questions and comments for Dave.


Thanks go out to all who supported Dave at Folkstone Southend and The Vic in Colchester.

Stay tuned for updates.

May 2017 - stop press stop press stop press

Please note showtime for Saturday at The Railway Hotel Southend is now 4.30pm. Its early bird time.

Festival date added for August. Dave will play a show on August 5th at The Tartan Heart Festival on The Moose Mobile Stage at 7pm before playing The Market Bar Inverness later that evening 10.30pm. Its double header time.

April 2017 - DEVON AND NORTHBOUND via CHESTER a Dave Sharp update

The Easter Spring shows are well underway and I'm up here in Inverness kicking back briefly after an amazing trip to North Devon and Somerset for the St Patricks weekend.

Throughout the trip I was based in Lynton, North Devon with my very good friends Phil and Marie at the Chez Marie Vinyl Lounge. The Vinyl Lounge is a super fine Vinyl Record shop where anyone can chill out with a favourite record wired through some very excellent vintage hifi equipment with a coffee, wine or whatever takes your fancy. My time there was spent getting into most all of the Tony Joe White catalogue, mind blowing indeed.

The Devon trip included a return visit to Whatchet where I had played a festival the previous Summer and a show at a new venue for me The Blue Ball along with return visits to The Joiners in Bideford, The Marine Bar in Sidmouth and The Thatch in Croyde. I'd like to thank one and all for the wonderful friendship and hospitality along the way, a fine St Pats no question, thankyou guys.

From there it was up to Chester to support "Rock Off Fibro" at The Live Rooms and for a midnight show at The Commercial Hotel. Both events were particularly intense and it was amazing to have been able to contribute to such an important awareness concert. A huge thanks goes out to Dave and Jackie for the organisation and to John from the Commercial for helping to keep it all together.

After the Chester show it was an overnight drive to Montrose in Aberdeenshire for a first time show with Stuart and Miss Dawn, owners of a fine music house The Black Abbot followed by another overnighter on through the Cairngorms to Inverness. All power be to my wheels, the trusty "Blue Max" quite how she made it over the mountains I'll never know, it was a very close run thing!!

Easter will consist of a number of shows here in the Highlands before heading South again for 2 shows in May with Mike Peters in Glasgow and London, not to be missed!!

The "Live at The Vic" record continues to be very well received and there should be some press reviews posted in the next news update.

For those who might not be familiar "Live at The Vic" is a new Dave Sharp live acoustic album available via mail order from Little London Records. There is a link here to Little London Records also a link can be found on Facebook.

An excerpt from the liner notes reads: 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. It's all captured here on "Live at the Vic", alive, in detail, between the notes and between the lines on this new 11 track album.

Well I guess thats it for now folks, A huge thanks to all of you who are turning out for the shows and to all who have mailed in for a copy of the new record.

Go Well and Travel Easy, Happy Easter.


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!!

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