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

October 18, 2021 

CFMA nomination!

We're delighted to announce that Dave is one of five nominees in the solo instrumental category at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.

Dave joins Olivier Demers, Maneli Jamal, Adam Young and Cédric Dind-Lavoie in the category Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year. Dave was nominated for his album The Healing Garden.

The CFMAs will be held on the weekend of April 1-3, 2022.

You can read about all the amazing nominees here.

Thanks to all the organizers and judges who make these great awards happen.

International recognition from the IAMA 

Great news -- Dave's instrumental A Thousand Days Like This was a winner at the U.S.-based International Acoustic Music Awards, announced Feb. 12.  

The song, one of 12 on Dave's new album The Healing Garden, was first runner-up in the Instrumental category. Top prize went to another guitarist, John McMillan. 

The IAMA awards recognize excellence in acoustic music, and judging is based on performance, songwriting/composition/song choice, music production and originality/artistry. 

Musicians from around the world enter the IAMAs every year. 

A Thousand Days Like This was written on the verandah of Dave's home in Victoria, B.C. on a beautiful summer afternoon. The title was inspired by an old friend, the late pianist and music critic Eric McLean, who would raise a glass on particularly special evenings and utter an Italian toast: “Cento di questi giorni.”

If you'd like to see the winners in other IAMA categories, click here. 

And stay tuned for more news about Dave's new album, The Healing Garden, which gets its official launch this month.


Dave joins Carolyn Mark's virtual hootenany Jan. 10 

Dave joins a talented gang on Sunday, Jan. 10 as part of Carolyn Mark's popular virtual hootenany.

If you haven't yet discovered Carolyn yet, she's an alt-country sparkplug based on the West Coast. Her weekly hootenany features an array of performers that share a love for roots music and musical values. She's calling the Jan. 10 session "The Dave Clark(e) Edition" and it features three (not five) Dave C's, including this one.

Look for this Dave to chime in early in the "hoot," around 7:30 Eastern, but everyone plays a three-song set, so you won't want to be late.

Carolyn Mark's Virtual Hootenany starts at 7:15 Eastern. Here's how you can listen:



New album The Healing Garden is here! 

Great news -- Dave's long-awaited second release of guitar instrumentals has arrived!The Haling Garden

The Healing Garden features 12 tunes that detail Dave's life in Western Canada and his brush with cancer.

The melodies with titles like A Thousand Days Like This, River Valley and Prairie Lullaby evoke his time in Victoria and Edmonton, and the title track, The Healing Garden, captures the hope he felt when he looked out of his hospital window and saw workers creating a healing garden.

All but one of the songs are originals; the final track is Across the Universe by John Lennon, a song that came to mean a great deal to Dave as he recovered.

The album will have its official release in January, but it is now on sale for people who might want to give the gift of music and hope for the holidays. (This is Dave's wife writing the post, not Dave, who is too modest to say any of it.)

If you would like a preview, please click here to hear A Thousand Days Like This, The Healing Garden and more.

PS the beautiful album design is by the brilliant designer Michael Wrycraft, whose site is here: A Man Called Wrycraft.

CFMA nomination for producer of the year  

We're happy to report that Dave has been nominated in the producer of the year category at the 2021 Canadian Folk Music Awards.

Dave shares the nomination with friend and veteran producer Bill Garrett. They're being recognized for their work on the new Steel Rail album Coming Home, which was released earlier this year.

Stay tuned for more news about the CFMAs -- winners will be announced in April. And congratulations to all the other nominees!

There’s no place like home.

That’s certainly been the experience of Dave Clarke, who is back in his home town of Montreal after a nine-year ramble across the Canadian West that took him all the way to Vancouver Island and back again.

Even better, he has just released his third solo album, a compilation of guitar instrumentals that is called The Healing Garden.

You can find out more about all of Dave's solo work -- The Healing Garden, Reunion (2007) and Guitar Songs (2002) -- on the Music page.

By the way, that's Dave's 1938 Martin D-18 at the top of this page: it has been his constant companion since he ordered it, sight unseen, from Elderly Instruments in Michigan way back in 1980.

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