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the Reunion CD
"Although the musicianship is as spectacular as expected,
the vocal partnerships and songwriting are as strong as any I've heard
musicianship we expect; Clarke is one of the best guitarists this
country has coughed up, ever. It's the songs that astonish; songs of
love and loss and yearning, like a letter home."
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the Guitar Songs CD (see Guitar Songs
Reviews for complete reviews)
a member of various bands, currently Steel Rail, and as accompanist to singers
like David Francey, Dave Clarke has earned a well-developed reputation as one of
Canada's best acoustic guitarists. That reputation will surely be reinforced
with this superbly recorded collection of solo guitar compositions."
Out! magazine, February 2003
Guitar Songs, Clarke finally claims the spotlight that is rightly his. Understated and warm, as befits
Clarke's personality, the twelve tracks are rooted in sweet, original melodies and sparkle with lovely flourishes."
Langston, Ottawa Citizen,
January 11, 2003
exquisitely executed collection of original solo instrumentals
from a Montreal master of the acoustic guitar."
Mike Regenstreif, Montreal
Gazette, December 2002
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Dave's work with David Francey
"Dave Clarke is the much-praised guitarist with Montreal's bluegrass sensations Steel Rail ... His versatile and sensitive guitar arrangements provide the musical bedrock upon which Francey's strong original material and powerful vocals rest."
- Acoustic Waves, 2003 (GCTC - Ottawa)
"And what can I say about David Francey and Dave Clarke. They have us captivated with the first song, and hold our attention throughout the evening. Heartfelt lyrics, poignant storytelling and awe-inspiring guitar playing move us to laughter and tears."
- Liz Scott (Irish Mountain Music
"Beautifully led by Dave Clarke on guitar, the sparse production — a little mandolin here, an accordion there, another guitar in the middle, does everything production is supposed to do. It lets great songs shine."
- Les Siemieniuk (Review of David Francey's Skating
Rink in Penguin Eggs - Winter, 2003)
"[A]cclaimed guitarist Dave Clarke [has] been playing guitar and songwriting with Steel Rail and producing and playing guitar with singer-songwriter David
Francey. GuitarSongs, Dave's exquisite album of solo guitar compositions was released in October."
- Mike Regenstreif - CKUT Folk Roots, Folk Branches
"David Francey worked magic in our listening room tonight ... Dave Clarke's guitar and vocal harmonies were the perfect complement. One of the best shows in our 32 year history!"
- Dave Humphreys, Two Way Street Coffee House, Chicago
" ... superb guitar accompanist Dave Clarke"
- Rich Warren - Midnight Special
" ... Dave Clarke is the guitar wizard, and accompanies Francey with beautiful arrangements and wonderful playing that allows Francey’s songs to truly take flight."
- Jon Tullis, Producer of The Timberline Acoustic Music Series