Merry Days of Old 

I had the pleasure of performing my first ever solo folk set for Ciaran Algar's Corona Collaborations Festival over the weekend. This was my second number (straight after my glorious debut on the kazoo).. I've been writing a solo album of traditional material from Essex and London to keep my creative juices flowing and to be honest, just to cheer myself up. Not sure if it'll ever get released but I can actually listen to this song and not cringe so I thought I'd share it with you guys. 

It seems I've gone back to busking so if you fancy throwing me a few virtual pennies then here's my tip jar: 

https://www.paypal.me/daviddelarre

 

NEW SUBSCRIBE SECTION! 

I'm very excited to announce that I will be offering up an exclusive new teaching service through my website. Eagle eyed viewers will see that there is now a fancy new subscribe section here:

https://www.daviddelarre.co.uk/subscribe

I'm currently offering two tier levels - for just £5 (about the same as a London pint) you will gain access to subscription only videos, lessons, tabs and more and If you fancy joining likeminded people and want to learn in a group I now run a twice monthly group guitar online workshop. 

Take a look at the page for more info!

cheers

David

The Sligo Maid 

Here's my arrangement of a lovely little traditional reel from Ireland. I've been teaching this one on my folk guitar course at Cecil Sharp House in London. I recently purchased a new pickup for my Larivee D-05 which enables me to mic up each string individually so I've put the bottom three strings into an octave and reverb pedal! I sneak it on in the B section.. Hope you like it! I'm still getting used to it.

 

O Jerusalem 

Here's a lovely old gospel song arranged by Martin Simpson. I've been teaching this recently on my guitar course at Cecil Sharp House, London for the English Folk Dance and Song Society. I do have the TAB for this if anyone is interested. 

Hope you guys like it!

Heroes of St Valery 

Hi Guys,

Here's a tune I'm currently teaching on my beginners folk guitar course at Cecil Sharp House, London for the EFDSS. I've loved this tune for years since first hearing it played by Martin Carthy on his British Fingerstyle Guitar VHS. He plays it in C using his CGCDGA tuning but I've decided to do an arrangement of it in Drop D. I hope you like it!

Here's the TAB/Score: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FCG8FgrpT6Kc05GQu5mIORVxYzCiajKk/view

Thanks for watching!

David

I'm going on tour with Steve Harley 

Very excited to tell you all I'll be going on tour with Steve Harley this spring! He's got a fantastic new album out 'Uncovered' which was recorded with Martin Simpson and I've been asked to fill his very big and incredibly talented shoes on tour. 

“Uncovered” includes interpretations of nine painstakingly chosen songs created in many instances by peers and contemporaries of Steve, those with shared histories and some that he admired from afar.  These are songs with heft and honesty that have always connected and resonated within him; this is material that he’s always wanted to perform and may even wish he’d written!  This diverse collection of Harley’s Interpretations is in some ways an almanac rather than just a set of great tracks: Steve’s links with some of the songwriters go back to the very start of their careers: Bowie in Beckenham; Dylan throughout his early teens; Cat Stevens/Yusuf and Paul McCartney, both massive early influences…

I'll be touring as part of his new acoustic band featuring: Steve Harley on vocals and guitars, Barry Wickens on viola, violin, mandolin and acoustic guitar, Oli Hayhurst on double bass and Tom Hooper on percussion.

I'm really excited! Come and watch us. Links to tour dates are below!

cheers

David

https://www.steveharley.com/dates.html

Old Tom of Oxford / Rochdale Coconut Dance 

Two tunes I've been teaching recently at my guitar workshops for the English Folk Dance and Song Society. The first is an amalgamation of my own ideas and Martin Carthy's arrangement of 'Old Tom of Oxford' from his awesome Crown of Horn album (go buy it) followed by an old session favourite. Hope you like it. I've got TABS for both if anyone wants a copy...

Delta Blues Monday #28 

Here are the opening 4 bars to Willie Brown's master piece 'Mississippi Blues' - recorded on the LSF-59 library of congress LP. The intro features these great chord inversions and a lovely descending bass line make sure you check out the rest of the song as its got some great alternating bass and contrapuntal guitar lines.

Delta Blues Monday #27 

 

Here is a great little outro lick to get round your fingers! Its taken from Willie Brown's masterpiece 'Ragged and Dirty' which can be found on the Library of Congress record LSF-59. If you want to play along to the record make sure you stick the capo on the 7th fret. Its got some great stuff in that song that I'm still getting my head around so no doubt we'll probably revisit this one later in the year!