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Davy returns to his first home for what promises to be a mesmerising night of blues and soul.
The Gaiety Theatre has always provided a magical scenario for his shows. It has been 4 years since he performed on it’s stage.That show was recorded for posterity with a different rhythm section to the one this December.
His backing band this time around are Steve Dymond on keys,John McMillan on bass and Chris Bussey on drums.Chris has spent much of the last 18 months hooking up with Davy to pen as Davy says “a *bunch of new songs”.
We will be treated to a smorgasbord of these musings some performed live for the very first time. It has always been a pleasure working with Davy and seeing the end result and a room full of fans leaving the venue having witnessed something special always makes me feel good.
Blues, rock, roots and Americana all have a promising future in the talented hands of Davy Knowles.
Just six years into his professional music career, Davy’s music has been endorsed by some of the biggest names in the industry, and he has shared the stage and the recording studio with some of his heroes.
Davy fell in love with music making at age 11 when, after hearing the Dire Straits’ classic “Sultans of Swing” in his father’s car stereo, he learned by ear to play it on his father’s guitar. John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, Peter Green, Eric Clapton/Cream and Rory Gallagher were also early, significant influences, and they continue to color his playing and songwriting today.
After a relentless tour schedule for the better part of four years in support of his first two albums, 2013 has allowed Davy to spend more time writing new music and playing select live shows, including a number of intimate, solo/acoustic dates. He joined Peter Frampton, a mentor and the co-producer of sophomore album, “Coming Up for Air,” for an August date on Frampton’s Guitar Circus Tour, which included a stirring take on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” that also featured the wizardry of Sonny Landreth
Including opener slots for Warren Haynes & Gov’t Mule, Jeff Beck and the Sammy Hagar/Joe Satriani “super group” Chickenfoot, (Joe Satriani has dubbed Davy, “My new favourite modern-day bluesman.” ) The Who, George Thorogood, Kid Rock and Lynrd Skynrd, a stint as a member of the Rhythm Devils (founded by Grateful Dead drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart).
Davy is one of the very few artists to have played directly to the International Space Station from Mission Control in Houston, TX. He recorded a wake up song to US Astronaut Nicole Stott on the morning of one of her Missions during her time aboard the ISS. Both Astronaut Stott and Astronaut Ron Garan have taken Davy’s music with them aboard the ISS. Davy has also served as a ‘bloggernaut’ for Astronaut Garan’s ‘Fragile Oasis’ website. During a show back on home soil on the Isle Of Man, Davy was awarded a plaque by Astronauts who flew the last mission on the Discovery Shuttle.
Born and raised on the Isles of Man, a tiny country located between Ireland and England. In 2014, Davy will serve as an official Cultural Ambassador in support of Island of Culture 2014, the biggest cultural celebration in the Isle of Man’s history.
For the past five years, Davy has worked exclusively with Paul Reed Smith (PRS) Guitars. Davy says, “They make the most rock solid, reliable, consistent instruments I’ve ever played, and they require minimal maintenance. And, the people at PRS are great to work with. Working with PRS, I feel like I’m part of something bigger and greater.” Davy has done several events with PRS, and demo videos. He was also involved in the design process of the very popular PRS Signature limited guitar : http://www.prsguitars.com/2012/signaturelimited/