Dave Bainbridge

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B orn in Darlington in the north east of England, and from a musical family, Dave began piano lessons at the age of 8 and guitar lessons from his dad at 13. He joined his first band 'Exodus' at the age of 14 - "We all liked Genesis at the time, hence the name - it seemed like the next best thing!"

Dave subsequently studied at the Leeds College of Music, gaining several performance awards (including BBC Radio 2 Best Jazz Soloist Award). At college he also developed a deep interest in recording and synthesizers, particularly through work with college bands 'The Leeds Synthonia' and the 'Hyperspace Rock Orchestra' (the members of which, under the guidance of a rather eccentric college teacher, used to perform concerts dressed in Roman style togas!).

Since then his musical career has involved composing, recording, performing, producing, arranging and teaching.

After an unsuccessful attempt to launch a 'progressive rock' band called 'Plan B' with his sister in 1981 (the era of electro pop!), Dave went on to play guitar in jazz fusion band 'Sound Effect', which featured on keys Paul Birchall (currently keyboard player with Heather Smalls, Combination Head and The Snake Davis Band). In 1982 Dave simultaneously joined jazz fusion pioneer Gary Boyle's band as well the soul band 'Snake Davis and the Alligator Shoes' (later 'The Suspicions'), playing keys in both bands. In the mid 1980's to early 1990's, due to his association with the 'Norman Beaker' band, Dave was very active on the UK Blues scene. With the Norman Beaker band, Dave backed many visiting UK, US and European blues artists, both 'live' and on recordings for the 'Paul Jones Blues Show' on BBC Radio 2, including; Jack Bruce, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Paul Jones, Pete Brown, Phil Guy, Lowell Fulson, Lurrie Bell, Cary Bell, Rockin' Sidney, Guitar Shorty (Jimi Hendrix brother-in-law!), Louisiana Red, Colin Hodgkinson, Tony McPhee, Chris Farlowe, Herbie Goins, Fenton Robinson, Johnny Mars, Mick Abrahams, Ted Hawkins, Helen Watson, Angela Brown etc.

Dave has also played keyboards with blues legend Buddie Guy and in 1990 was one of the nominees in the category of 'Instrumentalist of the Year' in the British Blues Connections awards.

Whilst still at college in Leeds Dave, through a mutual friend, met up with singer/songwriter Adrian Snell, whom he had long admired. The result was a working partnership (many concerts, album co-production and musical direction) that spanned the next 8 years from 1982 to 1990 and through which he would first meet Joanne Hogg and David Fitzgerald. In 2007 Dave worked again with Adrian, on keyboards, acoustic guitar and sound design for the world premier of Adrian's 'The Cry' at St Paul's Cathedral - an event sponsored by Save the Children featuring a 17 piece orchestra, several solo singers and a 160 piece choir.

Dave co-founded with the band's former woodwind player, David Fitzgerald, in the summer of 1989 with Joanne Hogg joining soon after Dave and David's first 'duo' gig as . As well as playing guitars and keys with Iona, behind the scenes Dave has produced all the bands albums to date and also mixed the latest album 'Another Realm' in his own Open Sky studio.

Dave's first solo album 'Veil of Gossamer' was released in June 2004 to critical acclaim and includes a number of guest appearances, including Mae McKenna, Racheal Cohen (formerly Jones, of The Reasoning) and Joanne Hogg on vocals.

He has collaborated on several duo projects include 'The Eye of the Eagle' (cd & dvd) with David Fitzgerald (1998), 'From Silence' (cd & dvd) with Troy Donockley (2004), 'When World's Collide' also with Troy Donockley (2005) and his most recent reunion with old friend David Fitzgerald, the evocative 'Life Journey' (2009).

In 2008 Dave briefly formed his own band 'Open Sky' with Gabriel Alonso (percussion and drums), Andrea Alonso (vocals, flute), Steve Lawson (basses, loops) and Andy Green (keys, vocals) and played several concerts in the UK, performing material from 'Veil of Gossamer' as well as new material and some tracks. In the same year he collaborated with classical guitarist Nick Fletcher, recording and producing Nick's album 'Cathedral of Dreams (2009)'. The album features 'Iberian Fantasy' a guitar concerto co-written by Dave and Nick. Tracks from this album have been featured on Classic FM.

He has worked with many other artists including: Gloria Gaynor, Paul Jones, Phil Keaggy, Michael Ball (string arranging), Soulful Terrain, and (through his work as producer) Moya Brennan (Clannad) and Robert Fripp.

Dave's music has been heard on numerous TV programmes and he has written the soundtracks for numerous short films, most recently 'Petrified' (2011) (CGI animated comedy short), 'Man from the Moon', 'Remember to Smile', 'Going Up' (all 2011 'Straight 8' competition entries). Over the past 3 years he has written, recorded and mixed in 5.1 surround sound around 16 short films for a major multi-national company for showing in their iMax cinema.

Dave has produced and/or mixed albums for several other artists including Joanne's solo album 'Looking into Light', albums by Adrian Snell, The Kairos Ensemble, The Pete James Trio, Nick Fletcher, Kingsway Music.

Debbie and Dave Bainbridge run Iona's own label and his own Open Sky recording studio and occasionally play together in Christian worship events. Dave also occasionally plays with jazz/improvisation artists 'Fairclough & Youell' along with virtuoso bassist & guitarist Fred T Baker. Their debut album 'Momentarily' was recently released.

Dave is currently working on the follow up to 'Veil of Gossamer', which is projected to be released towards the end of 2012.


'Veil of Gossamer' reviews:

'To my ears this is the most successful album of this type since Mike Oldfield's masterpiece Ommadawn. Stunning.' - Sept 2004

'...a sonic masterpiece...Bainbridge has given us what is in my humble opinion one of the best albums ever to be recorded.....some of the best music that he has ever written Chris MacIntosh aka Grandfather Rock August 2004.'

'Bainbridge's guitar playing is superb; his electric solos conjure Eric Johnson and Allan Holdsworth, while his acoustic technique dazzles, thanks to a remarkable dexterity and the use of unusual tunings.... ....Looking deeper, the music is genuinely touching, possessing a spiritual quality that speaks to the soul and inspires various states of positivity, from peaceful tranquility to breathless exhilaration. Layers of wordless vocals - courtesy of Joanne Hogg (Iona), Rachel Jones (Karnataka), and Mae McKenna - and McKenna's heartfelt renderings of Gaelic hymns (in the original language) lend an ethereal, otherworldly quality to much of Veil of Gossamer.....Best of 2004, hands down.' August 2004

'Albums of this quality are a rare thing and make life and music absolutely worthwhile. Besides the outstanding compositions and musicians, the production is flawless and the artwork fits the theme of the music as if the artist knew the story (which wasn't the case!). So, an absolutely amazing album, filled with nothing but beauty, beauty we all need in our lives, whether we admit it or not.' August 2004

'I fear that my words might not do justice to the haunting and beautiful guitar that opens The Everlasting Hills (part 1); or misses the beauty of the vocals accompanied by Troy Donockley's Uilleann Pipes in (part 2)......Veil of Gossamer is a truly wonderful album combining the best of Iona's Celtic atmospheres along with some splendid guitar work from Dave Bainbridge, and great performances from the assembled cast.' Holland Sept 2004

Sitting here stunned after my first full listen to Veil of Gossamer, I've not the command of words to convey the true gratitude to Dave Bainbridge for what has instantly become one of my favorite recordings of all time. Kenneth L. Solomon - Progressive Soundscapes Radio August 2004.
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30th September 2016

MORE MAPPING!!
In the studio to mix the first of the parable songs called TWO BROTHERS!
Judging by Tre's expression, it could be challenging πŸ˜™!

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27th September 2016

MORE REFLECTIONS!
I just love them. Moments from this evening on the River Bann, Co. Antrim. ( Jo)

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18th September 2016

Just a wee song for the morning 🎢🎢
Wishing you a blessed weekend.
Jo

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18th September 2016

Miracles and Parables......
Psalm 107:2
"All of you, set free by God.... Tell the world how He freed you from oppression..... Some of you wandered lost for years.... Hungry and thirsty.... On the brink of exhaustion..."
Here's some artwork for The MAP project. And here's the link to the first song release/ video.
Jo.

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22nd September 2016

Hi, Jo here.

Here's 'The General' - first song from the M.A.P Project (Miracles And Parables) - let me know what you think!
You may download the track for whatever price you decide here:

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6th September 2016

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9th September 2016

Celestial Fire band UK tour starts Friday 9th September in York! Playing music from my solo albums and Iona music (including one track NEVER before played live!). Please share the video! View all the other Celestial Fire tour promo videos at
Thanks (Dave)!

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1st September 2016

HARVEST TIME.....
In just 6 weeks, from green to golden, our field is ready. πŸ™
John ch. 4:35.... "Open your eyes and take a good look around. The fields are ready. It's harvest time!"

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31st August 2016

The Celestial Fire band tour starts a week on Friday in York! It will be an evening of epic and emotive orchestral, progressive Celtic rock, featuring a stellar line up:
Sally Minnear (Lord of the Dance/daughter of Kerry Minnear from Gentle Giant) vocals, vocal loops, percussion, keyboard, whistle, violin,
Frank van Essen (Iona, Barbara Dickson) drums, percussion, violin, vocals,
Dave Brons (Solo artist, Guitar Hour presenter) guitars, mandolin, vocals,
Simon Fitzpatrick (Carl Palmer Band, Jennifer Batten) bass, Chapman stick, Moog bass and myself,
Dave Bainbridge (Iona, Strawbs, Jack Bruce, Buddy Guy) guitars, keyboards, bouzouki.

The set list will be featuring music from my solo albums Celestial Fire and Veil of Gossamer, plus some Iona music.

Here are some quotes from the last gigs we did:

β€œThe brilliant and brand new Celestial Fire band...a spectacular evening of high emotion and genius talent!!” Rowena

β€œWhat a gig! Beautiful music, played by amazing musicians. Dave, Dave, Frank, Sally and Simon... I salute you all.” Aaron

β€œIt was brilliant! Dave is almost like Steve Howe and Rick Wakeman rolled into one! Sally Minnear is a lovely singer. It was one of the best gigs I've ever seen/heard.” Alan

β€œAn absolutely epic evening watching the Celestial Fire band play the most intricately beautiful music. Incredible musicians. Unmissable.” Russ

Hope some of you can make it along! Please share the leaflet with anyone you think might be interested in coming and support the cause of live music!

Thanks!
Dave

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28th August 2016

JO's MAP PROJECT.....
Hi folks. Here's a short video message to answer some of your questions about the MAP ( Miracles and Parables)project. The first song video will be released next week so keep an eye out for that.
Bye for now.
Jo.

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29th September 2016

THE HILLS ARE ALIVE WITH THE SOUND OF MUSIC......
Somewhere in a wee cottage in the hills of Donegal I'm strumming along to some traditional fiddle playing. The fiddler is 15 year old Cianan, my youngest son's golfing buddy. Thought you might enjoy πŸŽ»πŸ˜„

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24th August 2016

Just a few weeks now before the Celestial Fire band will be on tour in the UK! Featuring Dave Bainbridge, Frank van Essen, Sally Minnear, Simon Fitzpatrick and Dave Brons and playing material from Dave Bainbridge's solo albums plus some Iona songs, this will be an evening of, as one listener put it from the last tour dates: "A spectacular evening of high emotion and genius talent". Tickets available now - we really hope some of you can make it along. Please share the leaflet with anyone you think might like to come!

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26th August 2016

ANOTHER SONG FROM THE RIVER.....
Recorded on one of Iona's live albums. Apologies for the tree intrusion..... A hazard of going with the flow 😳

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23rd July 2016

BACK IN COLMCILLE LAND....
Revisiting some Donegal locations ....
Inspiration for some of our songs from the past... Irish Day, Edge of the World, Beyond these Shores, Divine Presence, Wave after Wave, Here I Stand, Vision of Naran, Kells Theme, .....
Psalm 139 , the narrative ........
Hope you're enjoying Gods beautiful presence wherever you are.

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19th July 2016

Iona co-founders Dave Bainbridge and David Fitzgerald will soon reunite and join Adrian Snell for a special 30th Anniversary Recording of 'Alpha & Omega'; the 1986 album that brought them and Joanne Hogg together for the very first time! A crowdfunding campaign for the project is currently live at and will run its course until August 30th, 2016. Contributors will have exclusive access to never before heard live recordings from 30 years ago, study guides for the music and personal Β΄meet & greetsΒ΄ with Snell, which include unique online choir-coachings.

Current updates include an interview with Dave B about the working on the project 30 years ago and meeting up with David and Joanne. Check it out: !

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11th July 2016

WHITE HORSE.....
HARVEST FIELD..
Our field isn't quite ready for harvest ...... But it will be soon πŸ™
I was reminded of the song Today.
"Today the grass is greener
Than I have ever seen
Today the sky is bluer
Than it has ever been.....
Of course, this is barley, not grass.... But still, very green πŸ˜„
Blessings
( Jo )

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29th June 2016

Dave here - tickets are now on sale for the Celestial Fire London gig on 11th September. Hope some of you can make it along, to what should be a great night. Please share the link with anyone you think might be interested in coming!

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4th July 2016

THIRST!
John 7:38
"If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink "

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22nd June 2016

THIRST!!!
John ch 7:37
"If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink"

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21st June 2016

JO's MAP PROJECT ......
Miracles and Parables. Filming videos for the first two songs of the project, soon to be released entitled "Thirst" and "The General".
The Map Project musicians are...
Bass: Phil Barker
Drums: Terl Bryant
Guitar:Andy Baker
Cello:Alex Priest
Trumpet/flugelhorn:Graeme Flowers
Myself on vocals and piano.
And behind the camera Louis Bryant.

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19th June 2016

A WEEK ON....
Back home by the river !

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15th June 2016

Dave here! Just over a week before the next duo gigs with Sally Minnear, and less that three months before the next Celestial Fire band gigs (with our own Frank van Essen)! On the Celestial Fire gigs we're going to be playing an Iona epic tune that has NEVER ever been played live before and another that hasn't been played live for several years!

Hope some of you can make it along. Please forward the attached leaflet to anyone you think might be interested in coming - thanks!

For more info on the Dave & Sally duo and Celestial Fire band visit

DAVE BAINBRIDGE & SALLY MINNEAR
(AN EVENING OF IONA MUSIC AND MORE)
Saturday 25th June
Amblecote Christian Centre (ACC), Brettell Lane, Stourbridge, DY8 4BS, UK
Doors open: at 7pm for 7:30pm start
Tickets from: ACC 01384 370365 or email office@amblecotechristiancentre.org.uk

Friday 1st July, 7pm
St John the Baptist Church, Church Lane, Barham, Canterbury, Kent CT4 6PB
Box Office info@folkinthebarn.co.uk 01227 831493
website
Wegottickets

Saturday 2nd July, 7pm
The Megacentre Rayleigh - 7 Brook Road, Rayleigh, UK
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CELESTIAL FIRE BAND
(Featuring Dave Bainbridge, Sally Minnear, Frank van Essen, Simon Fitzpatrick and Dave Brons)

Friday 9th September, doors 7.30pm for 8pm start
Fibbers, York, UK
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Saturday 10th September
Wesley Centre, Maltby, UK
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Monday 12th September
The Robin 2, Bilston, West Midlands
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12th June 2016

Folks in the Canterbury area - hope you can come along and see Dave & Sally's 'An Evening of Iona Music and More' concert.

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14th June 2016

OSTRAVA GIG!
Well, we survived , after 13 months apart..... We all arrived safely, but sadly, Dave's electric guitar has gone missing en route πŸ˜” No photos of the gig but here are a few from around Ostrava.

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10th June 2016

READY FOR THE ROAD......
Ostrava, here we come!

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8th June 2016

Dave's next duo gig with Sally Minnear is in just over 2 weeks time in the West Midlands. Hope some of you can make it along!

DAVE BAINBRIDGE & SALLY MINNEAR
(AN EVENING OF IONA MUSIC AND MORE)
Saturday 25th June
Amblecote Christian Centre (ACC), Brettell Lane, Stourbridge, DY8 4BS, UK
Doors open: at 7pm for 7:30pm start
Tickets from: ACC 01384 370365 or email office@amblecotechristiancentre.org.uk

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5th June 2016

TIME FOR A LULLABY.....
The last light of the day. The farmers and their machines have finally gone to bed πŸ˜„. Quiet at last.

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2nd June 2016

Dave here! Here's a list of the next gigs I have coming up - festival with Iona in the Czech Republic, then UK gigs with Sally Minnear and the Celestial Fire band (with Iona band mate Frank van Essen). Hope some of you can make it along and support live music!

For more info on the Dave & Sally duo and Celestial Fire band visit

JUNE

IONA
Saturday 11th June
Msgre Sramek Square, Ostrava (town centre) Czech Republic
The band will be onstage at 20:45
- Info-Phone: + 420 776 116 440
- Web address promoter:
- Pre-Sale / Contact:

DAVE BAINBRIDGE & SALLY MINNEAR (AN EVENING OF IONA MUSIC AND MORE)
Saturday 25th June
Amblecote Christian Centre (ACC), Brettell Lane, Stourbridge, DY8 4BS, UK
Doors open: at 7pm for 7:30pm start
Tickets from: ACC 01384 370365 or email office@amblecotechristiancentre.org.uk

JULY

DAVE BAINBRIDGE & SALLY MINNEAR (AN EVENING OF IONA MUSIC AND MORE)
Friday 1st July, 7pm
St John the Baptist Church, Church Lane, Barham, Canterbury, Kent CT4 6PB
Box Office info@folkinthebarn.co.uk 01227 831493
website
Wegottickets

DAVE BAINBRIDGE & SALLY MINNEAR (AN EVENING OF IONA MUSIC AND MORE)
Saturday 2nd July, 7pm
The Megacentre Rayleigh - 7 Brook Road, Rayleigh, UK
Tickets from

SEPTEMBER

CELESTIAL FIRE BAND
(Featuring Dave Bainbridge, Sally Minnear, Frank van Essen, Simon Fitzpatrick and Dave Brons)
Friday 9th September, doors 7.30pm for 8pm start
Fibbers, York, UK
Tickets / Info

CELESTIAL FIRE BAND
Saturday 10th September
Wesley Centre, Maltby, UK
Tickets / Info

CELESTIAL FIRE BAND
Monday 12th September
The Robin 2, Bilston, West Midlands
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30th May 2016

EDGE OF THE WORLD....
As promised, here's the wee home recording of one of our set list songs for our Ostrava festival gig.

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3rd June 2016

IONA TRIVIA TIME!
So, what Iona song was connected to rowing, and what album was it on??
There's a clue in the video πŸ˜„

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