David Allison

"David Allison is one of Scotland's most talented and innovative acoustic guitarists. His strong, self penned melodies are backed up by a creative use of real-time sampling and looping, resulting in rich textures of sound live on stage.

Audiences from Hollywood in California to Rostov-on-Don in Russia, and from Andalucia to Berlin have warmed to his unique approach to making music.

Nearer home David is a veteran of festivals such as Celtic Connections, the Edinburgh Fringe, Kirkmichael international Guitar Festival, and the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain, as well as frequent appearances on radio and television. He recently featured in a Scottish Television documentary about the acoustic guitar alongside Martin Taylor and Gordon Giltrap."

A DVD "The Edge of the World" about the remote island of St Kilda and featuring David's music was released by the British Film Institute in 2004. Empire magazine reviewed David's contribution as "a great musical score".

As well as pursuing his own career, David produced a live album for the Seville based flamenco group Jaleo and has done session work for BMG in Los Angeles. Other career highlights include a concert series in Russia, and two major tours of the US in conjunction with the network National Public Radio programme "The Thistle and Shamrock". David also recorded a session for BBC Radio 1 FM.

"Using a looping technique he constructs rooms of sound that are nearer New Age than Scots traditonal, more ambient than jazz, but original, engaging, emotionally eloquent, and very, very well played." Norman Chalmers, The List

"His playing is lovely, his expertise breathtaking. But it is his idea of sound which breaks you. I don't know any other way to explain what he does than this: he is painting with sound." Jack Maclean, The Scotsman
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