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 tour 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 - developing and hosting the Big Little Music Show for RTE and serving as composer and musical director for the cult children's series The Morbegs. He also developed his recording and studio skills, until illness caused joint damage that threatened his playing career. After a long recuperation, and with the help of a dedicated physiotherapist — thanks, Mary! — Dave returned to music.
Relocating to Scotland brought a host of new influences and a renewed focus on percussion and composition leading to collaborations with leading dance, theatre and circus companies and extensive touring in UK, Europe and Canada . Compositions from this time were developed and self-released as the album Salvage which combines treated recordings of organic elements like water, ice sand and wind with piano, electronics and women's voices.
Although rock, blues, soul, and jazz were all early influences, he was captivated by music of the Irish tradition. His love of the bodhrán led to a lifelong passion for rhythm, which in turn led to explorations of Oriental and Indian traditions. His studies with Zohar Fresco at the Labyrinth Music Workshop in Greece and Catalunya led to the development of his unique approach to the ubiquitous Irish frame drum.
Dave now lives in sunny Portugal, but continues to travel widely to perform and teach. He remains constantly curious about the impact music has on our lives. This fascination drives both his passion for cross-culture collaboration, as well as his advocacy for music as an essential part of education for all ages.
Happily, Dave has never gone viral, been described as an influencer, or become a meme.