Dave first started writing songs in the early 1970's - exactly when he can't pinpoint - as a result of getting involved in the folk scene around the Tunbridge Wells area -a pub called "The Compasses" as I recall. He was influenced by the writing of Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Roy Harper and Jeremy Taylor. He moved to Leicestershire in 1973 where he has lived ever since. He continued to write songs until the late seventies, the high point being, one would suppose reaching the Midlands final of the Melody Maker Folk Rock Contest, receiving a special commendation from the judges. From the late seventies to nigh on the millennium he wrote absolutely nothing due to the demands of a family and teaching career, emerging about fourteen years ago as a "born again folkie". Out of about fifty songs he's written, about two thirds have arrived in the last four years and most of them have seen their debut at the club Dave and Julia (his wife) now run, the Seagrave Folk Workshop, near Leicester.
This is the third of my songs to escape (reluctant to say "be released") and it's nicknamed "the bus-pass album", as 60 is now in the rear view mirror. The tracks in this album are dedicated to the host of musicians I've busked along with over the past ten years or so, particulary those around the Leicester area. Some of them are featured on the tracks included.