The Facts - Biography

Born: 28 January 1959

Birthplace: Salford, Manchester, England

Musical Background: Dave Sharp can play the guitar by the age of eight. He goes on to form numerous experimental bands after the Punk Rock explosion in the late 1970's.

First Notable Band: As he is in the Merchant Navy at the time (1978), Sharp also enlists, initially part-time, as a guitarist for Seventeen; a Rhyl-based band featuring Nigel (Twist) Buckle on drums, Eddie McDonald on bass and Mike Peters on vocals & guitar.

First Recordings: Seventeen record a single, Don't Let Go/Bank Holiday Weekend. It is released in 1980, just as the group splits into two factions. Sharp, having now left the Merchant Navy, and Twist stay in North Wales to work on new ideas, while the others seek inspiration and move to London. They regroup as The Alarm in early 1981 and self-finance their first single, Unsafe Building. They sign to the IRS label the following year.

Breakthrough: The Alarm's third single The Stand is a hit in the USA while the band are supporting U2 on the American leg of their 'War' tour in 1983. Almost simultaneously 68 Guns charts in the UK. The Alarm are in demand.

The Alarm (Singles): Unsafe Building, Marching On, The Stand, 68 Guns, Where Were You Hiding When The Storm Broke, The Deceiver, The Chant Has Just Begun, Absolute Reality, Strength, Knife Edge, Spirit Of '76, Rain In The Summertime, Rescue Me, Presence Of Love, Sold Me Down The River, A New South Wales, Love Don't Come Easy, Raw.

The Alarm (Albums): Declaration, Strength, Eye Of The Hurricane, Electric Folklore Live, Change, Raw.

Dave Sharp Solo Artist: In December 1990, with relationships in The Alarm at breaking point, Dave Sharp heads to New York City where he is introduced to a band of New Jersey-based musicians called The Barnstormers. They gel and Sharp invites them to be the backing group for his first solo project. Together with Bob Johnston (Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen & Willie Nelson) overseeing as producer, eleven tracks are recorded and mixed at the legendary New York studio: The Hit Factory; final touches are added later in Nashville. Released in August 1991, the Hard Travellin' album is lauded for the depth and skill in Sharp's songwriting.

Touring in the USA: Dave Sharp extensively tours the USA as a solo artist after the release of Hard Travellin'. Highlights include: the Farm Aid concerts and Earth Day celebrations. Sharp returns to New York City in July 1992 to perform for an audience of 25,000 gathered in Central Park to celebrate the 80th birthday of folk legend Woody Guthrie. Having relocated to the States, he now calls New Orleans home.

Downtown America: In July 1994 Sharp heads to San Francisco where he reconvenes with Bob Johnston for his second solo album, Downtown America. Recorded in Credence Clearwater Revival’s studio, the album spurns two underground hits: 'The Ghost of Preacher Casey’ and ‘Give Me Back My Job’. Both songs enjoy mainstream exposure on American radio and lead to television appearances on country music’s Nashville Network.

The Story Continues: Dave Sharp returns to the UK in 2002 and continues to play eclectic venues and numerous Festivals. His next album is near completion and will be ready for release in due course. Check the gigs page to see Dave Sharp playing live near you soon.