Gig: Dave Arcari – The Met, Bury – 17 July 2009

Posted on: Wednesday, Jul 8, 2009

Dave Arcari plays an all-too-rare northwest gig at The Met in Buryon Friday 17 July.

SLIDE guitarist & songwriter Dave Arcari’s alt.blues sounds owe as much to trash country, punk and rockabilly as they do pre-war Delta blues and have been showcased via five internationally-acclaimed solo CD releases.

In 2008 Arcari was invited to showcase at the North by North East (NxNE) music festival in Toronto, Canada and he was a finalist the UK Indy Music Awards 2008 reaching the top four in his category (best male solo artist).

With more than 150 UK dates a year plus shows in Finland, Estonia, France, Germany and Canada, Arcari is one of the hardest gigging live artists on the circuit.

A series of shows with the mighty Alabama 3 (by personal request from the band), Seasick Steve, Son of Dave and Jon Spencer along with his relentless UK and European tour schedule have established Arcari as a formidable international solo performer who is fast building a media reputation as a ‘hell-raising National guitar madman’.

Arcari’s growing reputation was endorsed in Spring 2007 when he was asked to put music to Robert Burns’ (Scotland’s national poet) poem Parcel of Rogues for a BBC Scotland special to mark 300 years of the Act of Union between Scotland and England. He also presented the programme, interviewing many high-profile political figures, musicians and historians along the way.

In 1996 he quit his first proper band role as guitarist with Summerfield Blues (which won the Alexis Korner memorial trophy for ‘Scottish Blues Band of the Year’ at Edinburgh International Blues fest in 2003 – the same year the band released it’s debut, and only, CD album Devil & the Freightman) to concentrate on his new found National steel guitar. It wasn’t long, though, before he was joined by harmonica player Jim Harcus and the intended solo career went by the wayside as Radiotones started to form and evolved into the force it is today. So while the electric Nationals and Marshall stack are on the back burner for Dave’s solo appearances, his hard-hitting gravel-laden vocals and slashing bottleneck steel guitar make for an aggressive, dynamic blues-based sound that owes as much to punk, rockabilly and trash country as pre-war Delta blues.

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