near Stonehenge in England, David was mesmerised by music from
an early age. Family musical influences include his Cornish
grandmother, a pianist who also played organ in the local chapel,
and his father, a Lightning aircraft engineer who played banjulele
banjo, harmonica and golf(!) and sometimes built amplifiers
in his spare time. There was everything from classical to country
music in the house but no money for instrument lessons. We made
up for it in enthusiastic renderings of early Beatles and Stones
hits; raucous voices and even louder cricket bats! Interesting
times for a young lad… David's mother is an opera fan
but very little of that has rubbed off on him so far. Thankfully,
neither has golf.
After qualifying as a drama teacher in 1979, he returned to
his first love and since then has been a full time bass player,
appearing with many artists across a wide range of music; jazz,
rock, folk, blues, funk, soul, salsa… He spent many happy
years driving the motorways of England, juggling theatre work,
teaching, radio and TV sessions, festivals, functions and club
gigs; a solid apprenticeship. Highlights include playing bass
for the 2001 UK/Irish tour of a soul musical written by the
award-winning playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah, featuring soul diva
Ruby Turner. Band on stage, dressed to the nines, soul and funk
all night… bliss!
In 2006, by way of contrast, he accompanied British soprano
Lesley Garrett on her sold out UK tour under the musical direction
of Tolga Kashif.
has taught privately for many years and has also held posts
as visiting bass tutor at Exeter University, Dartington College
of Arts and Dartington International Summer School.
Since 2002 he has been touring worldwide and recording with
Ian Anderson, firstly on various solo 'acoustic' and orchestral
projects, then later with Jethro Tull as well. During breaks
between touring, he still manages to fit in work with other
artists; most recently, albums with the UK celtic/jazz group
Carmina and with US singer/songwriter Brooks Williams. The ongoing
attempt to run an allotment organically also demands much time
In 2007 David realised a long-held ambition to commission luthier
Chris Larkin to build him a beautiful acoustic bass guitar,
though he still plays his trusty old Fender too.