much-anticipated debut album, Guitar Songs, was released
in late 2002 to rave reviews
in the Montreal press and elsewhere.
maven, DJ and writer Mike Regenstreif called it "an
exquisitely executed collection of original solo instrumentals
from a Montreal master of the acoustic guitar" when he
reviewed it for the Montreal Gazette, and material from
the album has been greeted warmly in centres as diverse as
Anchorage, Alaska, and San Diego, California.
Songs was recorded
in Montreal in spring 2002 in Dave's home studio. The album features 12 original
guitar instrumentals that show off his lyrical melodies and his
unique blend of folk, bluegrass and Celtic sensibilities.
of Daveís guitar work with Steel Rail and David Francey will
find many of the same musical values on this solo guitar album.
The album ranges from a Celtic-tinged lament -- The Parting --
to a bluegrassy romp called Fraserís Falls.
Songs was recorded direct to disk to capture the pure guitar
sound without artificial reverb or overdubbing. The
resulting album makes you feel that Dave is sitting next to you,
flooding the room with the full, warm sound of his venerable
1938 Martin D-18.
Availability: Guitar Songs
was released nationally in Canada in late 2002. It's distributed in Canada
by Festival Distribution and should be in record stores in major Canadian
centres now. If you're having trouble finding it, here are three ways to
- You can order direct from the Steel
Rail (Crossties Music) Order page.
- You can order at Festival's
toll-free number, 1-800-633-8282, from anywhere in North America.
- You can visit and order from one of the online retailers
below, by clicking on a logo:
soon: Sound clips from Guitar Songs
Guitar Songs Track List
(Crossties CD 1003)
|| October (4:02)
|| The Road Home (3:54)
|| Paper Girl (3:07)
|| Flow Like a River
|| Late Bloomer (2:37)
|| The Parting (2:40)
|| Monkstown Road (2:22)
|| Fraser's Falls (3:30)
|| Stone House (4:34)
|| The Quest (4:21)
|| Deep Blue Dreams
|| Close Your Eyes
All compositions © 2002 Dave Clarke (SOCAN)