Special Guest, DAVE BAINBRIDGE
Musician, Composer, Producer
2021 through 2022 brings the long awaited reunion of THE PROJECT for their first tour EVER. The tour will be three years and will commence during early 2021 in Europe. The reunion of Lenny Zakatek on lead vocals, Andrew Powell on keyboards and conducting, Laurence Cottle on bass, Stuart Elliott on drums, Richard Cottle on keyboards and saxophone and featuring guests Dave Bainbridge and Sam Blue on guitars and vocals will prove to be the rock music's main event of each year.
Co-founder of Celtic progressive/folk/rock/band IONA, Dave toured the world with the band between 1989 and 2015, releasing 13 critically acclaimed albums. Dave’s multi-faceted career as a solo artist, keyboardist, guitarist, bouzouki player, composer, improviser, producer, arranger, teacher and sound mixer has led him into many musical genres and work with numerous artists including: Strawbs, Lifesigns, Jack Bruce, Buddy Guy, Phil Guy, Troy Donockley (of Nightwish), Nick Beggs, Gloria Gaynor, Moya Brennan, Robert Fripp, David Paton, Annie Haslam, Eric Bazilian, Neal Morse, Mae McKenna, Phil Keaggy, Paul Jones, Damian Wilson, Snake’ Davis, PP Arnold, Mollie Marriott, Norman Beaker, Michael Ball, Pete Brown, Gary Boyle, Paul Bielatowicz, Downes Braide Association (with Geoff Downes of Yes and Asia) and many others.
Winner of the BBC Radio 2 Best Jazz Soloist Award (piano) 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, released on the album ‘Cathedral of Dreams’ (2009).
Dave has released three solo albums, ‘Veil of Gossamer’ (2004), ‘Celestial Fire’ (2014) and his first solo piano album ‘The Remembering’ (2016). The ‘Celestial Fire’ album led to the formation of Dave’s band of the same name in 2015 and the Celestial Fire band ’Live in the UK’ DVD/2CD album was released in April 2017. Dave has also released several collaborative albums with Troy Donockley (of Nightwish) and David Fitzgerald (Iona) and a DVD, ‘Live in The Studio’ (August 2018), with Sally Minnear.
➢ "Dave Bainbridge is a genius of immeasurable proportions….working with artists as varied as Buddy Guy, Jack Bruce and IONA. If you are unfamiliar with him it's time to make amends. Trust me." Nick Beggs (Steve Wilson, Steve Hackett etc, etc)
➢ "I've been listening to 'Celestial Fire' and I love it! Wow… That's some amazing stuff man! Really one of the best albums I've heard in a while." Neal Morse (Transatlantic / Flying Colors)
➢ “Dave is both a solo artist and a major driving force behind the band Iona. His fluid, emotional guitar playing, epic keyboard work and expansive compositions combine into one of this generation’s most powerful and original musical voices.” John Kellogg (producer for Britney Spears, Chicago, Foreigner, Black Crows, Deep Purple, ELP)
➢ “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.…” www.progressiveworld.net
➢ “You have an immaculate technique sir that would make any guitar sound good”. Gordon Giltrap (Legendary acoustic guitarist)
➢ “Soaring guitar passages, stunning keyboard work, and inspirational waves of orchestral prog.” Bert Saraco www.tollbooth.org
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