Keyboards, Guitars, Production, Engineering
Co-founder of Celtic progressive/folk/rock/band IONA, with whom he has toured the world and released 13 critically acclaimed albums, Dave’s multi-faceted career as a solo artist, keyboardist,guitarist, bouzouki player, composer, improviser, producer, arranger and sound mixer has led him
into many musical genres and work with numerous artists including Troy Donockley, Jack Bruce, Buddy Guy, Nick Beggs, Gloria Gaynor, Moya Brennan, Robert Fripp, Phil Keaggy, Paul Jones, Damian Wilson, Nick Fletcher, ‘Snake’ Davis, Strawbs, Adrian Snell and many others.
Winner of the BBC Radio 2 Best Jazz soloist award and the Sam Hood Rosebowl for Outstanding Performance during his time at Leeds Music College (where he graduated with a first class pass, including distinction in arranging), Dave has composed soundtracks for numerous short films, TV and multimedia productions and has co-written a guitar concerto with Classic FM favourite Nick Fletcher.
Current live projects include new ‘virtuoso’ guitar group GB3 with Paul Bielatowicz and Simon Fitzpatrick (both of the Carl Palmer Legacy Band) and Dave Brons, gigs with his new band Celestial Fire and as a duo with singer / multi instrumentalist Sally Minnear. Dave is also arranger, band leader for Adrian Snell’s ongoing sell out live performances in The Netherlands of his works ‘The Passion’ and ‘Light of the World’. Dave will be playing keyboards as part of the legendary band Strawbs on their 2016 UK and US tours and will be recording with them on their new studio release.
Dave has released several collaborative albums with both Troy Donockley (Nightwish) and David Fitzgerald (Iona co-founder) and two solo albums. The latest, ‘Celestial Fire’, released at the end of 2014 has received amazing reviews worldwide. His first solo piano album is nearing completion and is due for release along with a Celestial Fire band live dvd in 2016.