Dave Clarke


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Welcome to the website of guitarist-singer-songwriter Dave Clarke

'One of Canada's most tasteful and accomplished acoustic guitarists'

Upcoming shows and events (details on all shows)

* Winter Roots & Blues Roundup, Edmonton, AB, Feb. 23 to 26

* Northern Lights Folk Club, Edmonton, AB, Mar. 24

       (opening for Ken Whiteley)


On the move. That's been the story for Dave Clarke, who has landed in Edmonton, Alberta, after five years on Vancouver Island.

Dave bade farewell to the West Coast and his bandmates in Shearwater Bluegrass last spring. Now relocated in a downtown district in Alberta's capital city, Dave is getting set to make his debut on the Edmonton music scene this winter.

It's a logical fit in many ways. The Edmonton Folk Music Festival is the largest and most illustrious such event on the continent, bringing the best and brightest in roots and acoustic music to the festival in the North Saskatchewan River Valley every August.

Since his move in mid-2011, Dave has been woodshedding some new compositions for an upcoming solo guitar album, his second such effort. He's also continuing some work on an upcoming project with his old Shearwater bandmate, James Whittall, one of the most exciting young bluegrass mandolinists in Canada.

Look for more news on Dave's new album later this year; meanwhile, find out  more on Dave's two previous solo CDS: Reunion (2007) and Guitar Songs (2002).

Shearwater Bluegrass

Shearwater Bluegrass is now on hiatus. However, talented singer-bassist Tammy Fassaert continues to bring her bright, energetic sounds to the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island and mandolinist James Whittall continues to perform regularly in bluegrass circles on Vancouver Island, including frequent gigs with the Rock Island Ramblers.

MP3   Sorrento


Steel Rail updates


Dave and bandmates Tod Gorr and Ellen Shizgal are in  still in songwriting mode, brainstorming new material for an upcoming Steel Rail album. The band has a back catalogue of great country songs that have not yet elbowed their way onto a release, so don't be surprised to hear more material that showcases Tod's great vocals, which a music writer once described as being "as country as the hog prices or complaints about the weather." For more on the activities of Steel Rail, please visit the Steel Rail website. If you want to sample Tod's vocals -- and the trio's terrific harmonies and fiery flatpicking -- check out this cut from the latest Steel Rail album, River Song.


MP3   Big Sky Blues