Dave's musical journey began on being able to reach up to the keyboard at the age of five. Soon after he began to formally study piano - at the insistence of his mother who assured him that it was a good way to get invited to parties (which is still true) . He made his professional debut at 15, with a residency in a local restaurant, going on to study performing arts in the UK, and touring with several bands, as well as writing music for, and occasionally acting in, theatre productions.
Returning to Ireland led to new opportunities in theatre, dance, education, and television - he got to host his own show - as well as the development of his recording and studio skills. Illness, however, resulted in finger joint damage that almost ended his playing career - but he returned to music after a long recuperation and with the help of a dedicated hand physiotherapist. (Thanks, Mary!)
Relocating to Scotland brought a host of new musical influences and a renewed focus on percussion and composition leading to collaborations with leading theatre, dance and circus companies and extensive international touring. Compositions from this time were developed and self-released as the album Salvage which combines organic elements and electronics with female voices.
His studio is now based in sunny Portugal from where he continues to travel widely performing and teaching.
Rock, blues, soul and jazz were early influences, but also music of the Irish tradition - notably the bodhrán - leading to a lifelong passion for rhythm which led him to Oriental and Indian traditions, and to study tof miriam with Zohar Fresco at the Labyrinth Musical Workshop in Greece, and the development of his unique approach to the ubiquitous Irish frame drum.