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HAILING from the village of Wanlockhead in Dumfries and Galloway Dave describes himself as a left-
A superb guitarist with a style that is as distinctive as it is effective, a voice that can carry traditional and contemporary songs and a songwriting ability that produces songs ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous, he is an established performer throughout the acoustic/folk club, festival and concert scene.
Lyrically Dave is a storyteller and is determined to maintain the art of storytelling through song. Musically he draws on both traditional and contemporary sources, especially the finger picking styles of the heroes.
What some nice people have said about Dave……
The Scotsman :
Hailing from Scotland's highest village of Wanlockhead, in Dumfries and Galloway, singer-
Deploying a mix of Scottish and American balad styles, Gibb's well crafted compositions ranged absorbingly in subject matter and mood, from the regretful, anti-
Gibb's warmly earthy voice also lent itself to a diverse handful of covers, among them a grittily immediate opening rendition of the traditional Twa Corbies, Mississippi John Hurt's Hesitation Blues and an affecting version of Cyril Tawney's Sally Free and Easy, its subtle intensity evoking echoes of Bert Jansch. Restive, fluently nimble acoustic guitar accompaniment completed the package, spanning blues, ragtime, fingerstyle and jazz -
Woodman Folk Club :
Dave Gibb gave us a generous taster from his broad musical repertoire, frequently laced with some very amusing patter, banter and repartee. An accomplished guitar player and an excellent singer song writer, Dave has a passion for the historical and this is reflected in many of his songs. Also his wonderful sense of humour shined through with original amusing songs, such as the ‘2am Fish Supper’ and ‘The night of the fiery mitts at the Wanlockhead Inn’. An excellent evening was had by all and I very much look forward to Dave returning here again.
Foggy Furze Folk Club Blog :
The club welcomed Dave Gibb all the way from bonnie Scotland. Dave is an excellent guitarist and song writer. His performance was out standing, his wonderful songs complimenting his guitar playing prowess. Easily the best playing we have heard this year. Dave will be back again in a year or so, folk singer song writers like Dave don’t come along every day.
Kelso Folk Club Blog :
Everyone was delighted and much cheered up by Dave Gibb’s two-
From the Redditch Folk Club Blog :
We had an excellent night with Dave Gibb up at the Memorial Hall. A nice mix of new songs he’s written, some old favourites (Avalon being one of mine) a lot of humour and some sparkling guitar playing. For those who are not already Gibb-
Falkirk Folk Club :
The wizard o' Wanlockheid on another welcome visit to the club. The man is a left handed guitarist who can make others feel like giving up. Dave is now gaining the recognition he deserves all over Britain. Sometimes humorous and sometimes wistful or sad but never dull...that's Dave.
From The Scotsman :
Singing in a warm, soulful voice, ably self-