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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...

Come and Learn Folk Guitar With Me! 

For a few years now I've been teaching a series of folk guitar workshops on a Saturday afternoon at Cecil Sharp House. I love it! We always get a good amount of people (10-15) and its a really relaxed and fun way of learning in a group. 

There's still a few spaces left for both workshops (Beginner and Intermediate) so please check out this link for more info:

SATURDAY FOLK MUSIC WORKSHOPS

Musicians Retreat 25 - 29th of November 2019 

Hey Guys,

I'm super excited to announce that I'll be co-leading a musicians retreat with Laurel Swift from the 25 - 29th of November this year at Halsway Manor. I've heard lots of great things about 'hallsy' but I've never had the joy of going so I'm really excited about this opportunity to teach, play and make new musical acquaintances. The retreat is for players of any level except complete beginners, and all instruments are welcome. You’ll need to be able to play by ear or be prepared to have a go; if you’re not used to playing by ear then you’ll need to be of an ‘intermediate or above’ standard on your instrument. You can be new to folk, a seasoned folkie, or somewhere in-between. You can find out more about the retreat here:

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/musicians-retreat/​​​​​​​

Please share it around with anyone you think might be interested!

cheers

David

Introducing... Delta Blues Mondays! 

Hi Guys,

I always get a bit blue on Mondays. I guess its a bit of a come down from a lovely weekend of playing gigs and dashing around the country, so this year to combat those feelings I've decided to do something creative with my time. Every week on a Monday I'll release a video of a fabulous delta blues lick (and teach it to you) on my YouTube Channel. I thought I should take inspiration from my Monday blues and do something fun and bluesy! Along with the video will be a free TAB/Score!

Let me know what you think!

cheers

David