The Healing Garden

Dave Clarke

Dave's second album of guitar instrumentals describes his journey to the West Coast and back to his home town of Montreal as well as his close encounter with cancer. The title of the 12-song album refers to the healing garden that took shape beneath the window of his room over the course of his one-month stay at a cancer institute in Edmonton. All but one of the tracks are original Dave Clarke compositions, inspired by what he was feeling in that tumultuous time. The only exception is the final song, Across the Universe, which is, of course, by John Lennon. It's a song he played over and over at the darkest times in the Cross Cancer Institute and later, when he returned home, during his slow and difficult recovery.

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Dave Clarke

For Reunion (2007), Dave invited musical friends from various phases of his career to join him on seven of the 13 instrumental tracks and songs.

Among the artists who lend their talents to Reunion are Juno winner David Francey, Canadian Folk Music Award winner Penny Lang, bluegrass singer-bassist Tammy Fassaert and Dave's bandmates from the Montreal folkgrass trio Steel Rail.

Reunion features four new instrumentals of the kind that won Dave such acclaim for his first album, Guitar Songs. The other nine tunes, including a co-write with David Francey and several with his longtime musical collaborator, Lucinda Chodan, feature Dave in a new role: singer-songwriter.

Reviews have been very positive (check out the latest on the Press page.)

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Guitar Songs

Dave Clarke

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.

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