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HAILING from the village of Wanlockhead in Dumfries and Galloway Dave describes himself as a left-handed, balding, middle-aged songwriting folky from Scotland’s highest village.

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-songwriter Dave Gibb was an early winner - more than a decade ago now - of a Danny Kyle Open Stage Award at Celtic Connections. Since then, he's cemented a reputation as one of the most dependable entertainers on the folk club scene, meanwhile releasing no fewer than eight albums, most recently this year's Story Song. That proved an apt title both for his often narrative-based material, inspired either by real events or his inquisitive imagination, and his performance style, which alternated the music with plenty of anecdotal, variously tall tales and occasionally ribald banter.

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-romantic Vagabond Road to the impish Ballad of Dora Knoyes, paying tribute to a famous Edinburgh madam; from the lazy, mellow  Sunday Song to the vividly drawn Privateer, anatomising different forms of piracy.

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 - the last emerging  in a touchingly simple understated love song for his wife.

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-half set at the ACE Centre on Friday May 20th. Here’s one comment:‘I am stepping out this morning with a renewed sense of well being and a silly grin on my face as I recall Dave Gibb’s most engaging and entertaining performance last night – it was an absolutely brilliant evening. His easy fusion of blues, jazz and folk finger work on the fret board, coupled with a truly “west coast” sense of humour and timing had us all totally absorbed and rolling in the aisles – in many cases at the same time.’Need more be said? Thanks Dave!

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-devotees I should mention his gorgeous arrangement of Burns’ ‘Green Grow the Rushes Oh’ and a breathtaking version of ‘Lady Eleanor’. Dave is an excellent songwriter, but he offers other material as well. 

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-accompanied on guitar, he won himself plenty more new friends with a set that mixed mellow, folky ballads with hard-edged country-blues numbers and a sprinkling of comic material.