Dave’s much-anticipated debut album, Guitar Songs, was released in late 2002 to rave reviews in the Montreal press and elsewhere.
Folk 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.
Guitar 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.
Fans of Dave’s 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 Fraser’s Falls.
Guitar 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.