Songs, performance and other stuff  

After a busking apprenticeship in Europe, David recorded a solo album 'Paint' released in 1995.

 

His songs have been performed and recorded by an eclectic range of

artists including June Tabor, Peter Corry, Siobhan Skates, Mary Duff,

Susan Tomelty, Cattle Company, Brigid O'Neill, Romeo Texas and Jennifer

Licko. The title song 'Paint' from his 90s album featured in an

Australian movie, The Extra.

Born in County Antrim, his newspaper feature writing, including a

series of articles on the early years of Van Morrison, won him a

Rothman's Journalism Prize. David has played at festivals,

including two appearances at Queen's Festival in Belfast, Ardoyne

Fleadh, five appearances at Belfast Folk Festival and Sligo Arts

Festival.

 

Along with performances on TV and radio, and a showcase in New York,

three of his songs featured on the 'Alive in Belfast' album released in

1995. His poetry has been published by Faber and Faber, Hard Lines 3

in 1987. A short story was broadcast by the BBC, with another

included in the 2002 Fish anthology. He received recognition with an

award from the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association for his story 'The

Haircut' which has since been broadcast around the world.

 

After joining United Song Makers - a venture inspired by the New York

Brill Building creative process - the group's activity was the subject

of a BBC documentary.

 

A talk with performance for the 'Library Lectures'

in Ireland - Soundbites from the Soul: The Psyche and Times of

Songwriting in the Twentieth Century - was described by the series

director as a "masterly achievement". The event was repeated in 2001 at

Belfast's Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, and as a BBC 'Music Live'

event in 2004.

LYRICS

 

David has developed a particular passion for writing lyrics, having put words to the music of Garry O'Briain and Steven Gallagher (but also, music to the lyrics of Garvin Crawford and others.)

Other co-writers include Rosemary Woods, Siobhan Skates, Brendan Monaghan and Matthew Martin.