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Geoff Davis
The Eagle & The Scorpion
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Live TV performance in the mid 1990s from Geoff's band The Freudian Slippers
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Geoff Davis is a singer and songwriter of rare talent. He was born in Bristol in the UK, and lived there for most of his life, but he moved to Nuoro in Sardinia, Italy in November 2009 where he lives with his wife Maria Rita (she's the lady in the photo accompanying the song info for "I Belong To You"). In the past he has fronted the pop/rock band The Freudian Slippers and the acoustic based trio Davis, Edwards & Riley, the latter often having the acclaimed violinist Graham Smith (formerly of String Driven Thing and Van Der Graaf Generator) as a guest at their gigs. A number of his songs have been broadcast on BBC Radio and he has also performed his material, along with Dave Edwards, Syd Riley and Graham Smith, on British television.

Geoff's Album Ancient Wisdom, Modern World displays his talent as a singer and a songwriter with its wide range of musical styles, brilliant lyricism and variety of vocal techniques. The album is now available to buy online from CDBaby It is also available in MP3 download format. Further details can be found by clicking on the "store" link on this page. You may also be interested in seeing Geoff's MySpace pages.

Geoff is listed in the following directory
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Since moving to Sardinia Geoff has joined the Nuoro based band Optimistic Sound
Why this name?
It's my name! (I couldn't have chosen such an exciting name!)
Do you play live?
Played regularly in the Bristol area for many years but I have since moved to live in Nuoro, Sardinia, Italy with my Sardinian wife. I have met some very able Italian musicians here so and in 2013 I started rehearsing with the Nuoro based band Optimistic Sound. We started gigging in the summer of 2014.

One gig I'll always remember is a charity gig at the Farrington Inn in Somerset in 1997. People used to hearing the gentler, acoustic side of my music were blown away by me belting out rock and blues numbers!
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
I certainly think it's helped people to be more discerning about the music they listen to. More and more people have, as a result of the internet, become aware of how much good music there is out there by people who are never going to feature prominently on TV or radio. It's also helped everyone expand their fan bases. However, the sheer volume of music on the internet means that very few are going to make the breakthrough to major stardom, no matter how talented!
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Once you're over 30 it's hard to take that sort of dream seriously!
Your influences?
I've been mainly inspired by artists who write great lyrics like Dylan, Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Al Stewart, Elvis Costello and of course The Beatles and The Kinks, two bands who, in my opinion, have never been surpassed in terms of marrying great tunes to great words. I was very disappointed a few years ago when, having purchased a ticket for a Ray Davies concert at Bristol's Colston Hall, I had to miss it because of illness!
Favorite spot?
My native city of Bristol in the UK, Sydney in Australia, obviously Sardinia as a whole and then also Rome & Florence in Italy. Hard to choose between any of them!
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