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Dave Walsh

Dave Walsh trained as a percussionist and drummer at Chetham's School of Music, Guildhall School of music and Drama, and has recently (2015) had lessons with Adam Nussbaum, John Riley and Jorge Rossi.

I have worked with some of the country's premier jazz and rock artists. I am at home playing Jazz, Latin, Drum'n'Bass, Rock, and being this flexible in styles makes me one of the busiest drummers in the United Kingdom.

Dave is also proud to be a D'Addario UK Artist and uses Evans Drum Heads exclusively.

A Brief history.

Chetham's school of music. I went at age 14 for 4 years. Percussion, Drum kit and Piano plus Music theory/harmony.
I played in a Jazz Quartet called '4-wheel drive'. We won the "National music for Youth" competition at age 15yrs and played in the Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Rooms, Free Trade hall, and also appeared on various national TV shows.

Studied Classical Percussion with Max Molin ( Halle ) Irene Molin ( Halle ), Graham Johns ( Royal Liverpool Phil ) Paul Patrick ( BBC Phil NW )

Studied drum kit for 1 year with the drummer/educator Dave Hassell

Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Studied percussion with David Corkhill ( L.S.O. E.C.O. ) David Johnson ( BBC Phil ) Terence Emery ( BBC Phil ) & Lionel Grigson (Jazz Harmony/Jazz Piano)

Played in a pop band called "A2Z" featuring child star "Aled Jones"

Became a full-time Northern UK based Pro Drummer in 1992

Project and Bands of the past few years.

Tom McRae (Singer/Songwriter) 2009 - Present. I am currently Tom McRae's drummer/percussionist for live work and recording. Tom's latest project is called Tom McRae and The Standing Band. Find out more here. We recently completed a third European tour, promoting the new album "Did I Sleep and Miss The Border".

Gigs included the cities of Brussels, Amsterdam, Oslo, Zürich, Paris, London, Belfast, Dublin, Glasgow, Bergen, Lausanne and many more. I appeared on French music TV program "Taratata" with Tom McRae and also backed French artist Keren Ann. The band also featured in one of Europe's largest music festivals at Dranouter in Belgium and the Rock Altitude Festival in Switzerland.

Svarc Trio - Current project. Featuring the original compositions of Nik Svarc (Guitars, Pedals) and including Garry Jackson on Bass and Pedals, plus yours truly on Drums. This is a powerful trio with a loyal following all over the UK. Check out our Band Camp site, and also the Svarc Trio Soundcloud Page. Lots of great stuff to hear.

The Stuart McCallum - Distilled and Distilled LIVE (Naim Label) The band is appearing at some major music festivals in 2010 - 13 including "SoundWave Festival" in Croatia. Stuart and the band also recently supported "Bonovo" in Leeds as part of their UK tour. In July 2011 we played a launch gig at the RNCM in Manchester for the New Album "Distilled" that came out in September 2011. The band is also about to do it's London launch at the London Jazz Festival. Distillled Live came out in 2012 as a compilation of over 40 European gigs.

Rod Mason's Elements. Sill one of the most popular bands on the northern jazz scene, with it's Powerful and uncompromising material. The project, called Elements, features Rod Mason on all Saxes, with the rhythm section force of piano/keyboard favourite Richard Wetherall and the mighty bass playing skills of Richard Hammond. This personnel has recorded 2 albums.

Real Book Northwest Project (Astute Music Ltd Music Publishing). Played the launch of the Publication at The Manchester Jazz Festival 2007, then recorded an album of original works by North West artists and then toured around the UK with the project in 2009. Featured Mike Walker, Andy Schofield, Les Chisnall and Loose Tunes Legend, Steve Berry.

Jimpster (Kudos records and Freerange Records) I played on three widely acclaimed E.P's, remixes and the first Jimpster album, "Messages from the Hub" I also wrote one of the tunes on that album which was licensed to two other albums.

Dana Bryant. In 1997 I did a European tour with the New York poet/vocalist. Venues included The Jazz cafe, London, The North Sea Jazz festival, The Hague, Holland. The Phoenix Festival


Graham Massey's (808 state) "Toolshed" I feature as one of the drummers involved in Massey's project. I also feature on the Toolshed album. This project has played all over the UK and featured in a Channel 4 documentary in 1999. It has featured on BBC Radio 3 "Mixing It" program 2002 and recorded for Mary Anne Hobbs's show at Maida Vale, London 2002.

I have also played with many national and international jazz artist including Stan Sulzmann - Tenor Sax. Don Weller - Tenor Sax. Ben Castle - Tenor Sax. Alan Barnes - Alto Sax. Pete King - Alto Sax. Jim Mullen - Guitar. Lee Gibson - Vocals. Dave O'Higgins - Tenor Sax. Richard Isles Trumpet & Flugal Horn. Conrad Herwig - Trombone. Mark Nightingale - Trombone Roy Williams - Trombone. Steve Lodder - Piano and Keyboards. Mike Walker - Guitar.

Teaching experience

1991. Rickmansworth St-Bede's School. Drum kit one2one tuition.

1996 - 1998. Wigan & Leigh College. Drum Kit one2one tutor.

1999 - 2004. City College, Manchester. Various drum kit teaching roles including ND and NC drum kit teaching. HND drum kit teaching. Jazz summer school drum kit tutor. Also group tutor on ND course in popular music for 2nd year group/ensemble studies.

2006 - 2008 (inc) Cheshire County Council Rock and Pop Summer School. Drum kit/Ensemble tutor.

2006 - 2008 Burnley Jazz Summer School. Drum kit/Ensemble tutor for week 2 of the Specialist course for rhythm section players only.

2006 - Present. Leeds College Of Music. Drum Kit Tutor, Ensemble & Aural awareness Tutor.

2007 - present. Chethams School of Music. Drum kit, master classes in jazz drumming.

Piano, Composition, Arranging, Drum Programming, Sequencing,

2007 Two of my compositions featured in the North West Real Book, published in 2007.

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