Originally from Jedburgh, Scotland, David is a powerful performing songwriter, who has built an artistic bridge between the influences of his birthplace and the fresh possibilities of his adopted Canadian home to produce six critically-acclaimed CD's and numerous international songwriting awards in different genres. Songwriters Magazine called David, "the most consistent Canadian songwriting competition winner." He was also awarded the Mississauga Established Performing Artist of the Year. A seasoned and commanding performer, having played over 2600 gigs in the last 25 years, David’s music draws from Celtic roots, Americana and country, topped up with a pop sensibility that brings to mind the talents of Van Morrison, John Mayer and Foy Vance.
A gifted songwriting teacher, David has been a songwriting mentor for 11 years with the School Alliance of Student Songwriters, on the songwriting faculty for Guitar Workshop Plus and is currently a mentor for Humber College's Graduate Certificate Program in Music Composition. He has conducted numerous songwriting workshops at folk festivals and on behalf of the Songwriters Association of Canada with students ranging in age from 7 to 70+ and has the experience, passion and people skills to motivate any individual to write a song. Find out more about David's songwriting workshops.
"Six in 6/8’ does more in 20+ minutes than many albums do in 60. Expertly produced and performed by a first-rate selection of musicians, a terrific record full to the brim with fantastic songs."
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2019 - Finalist in the International Songwriting Competition - Video - "When You Think No One Loves You"
2019 - Nominee Independent Music Awards - Video - "When You Think No One Loves You"
2018 - Finalist in Unsigned Only Vocal Performance - "When You Think No One Loves You"
2018 - Finalist in the Canadian Songwriting Competition - "Undo" & "Everybody Sing"
2018 - Finalist in the International Songwriting Competition - "When You Think No One Loves You"
2018 - Semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition - "Red Balloon", "Between Him & Me", "Caught in the Tide"
2014 - Finalist in the International Songwriting Competition - "Everybody Sing"
2011 - 1st Place USA Songwriting Competition Comedy Category - "Infomaniac"
2011 - Runner-up in the John Lennon 70th Birthday Song Contest - "Everybody Sing"
2009 - Overall winner OCFF Songs From The Heart - "While I Still Breathe"
2009 - Top Ten Finalist Toronto Song Contest - "The Toronto We Know"
2009 1st Place Unisong Song Contest - "Freedom By The Barrel"
2007 1st Place OCFF Songs from the Heart Political Category- "Freedom By The Barrel"
2007 1st Place in the International Songwriting Competition - "Strong in Broken Places",
2006 Finalist in the John Lennon Song Contest - "Undo"
2005: 1st Place in the International Songwriting Competition - “The Honey I Want”, Blues Category
2005: Winner OCFF Songs From The Heart - “The Honey I Want”, Blues Category
2004: 1st Place in the NSAI Single Song Showdown - “You Can Cry”
2003: 1st & 2nd Place in the Unisong Song Contest - “Five Minutes” & “You Can Cry”
2003: 1st place in the Quinte Spirit Songwriting Contest - “Halfway to Heaven”