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David Kilpatrick
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102 Tracks
Solo singer-songwriter playing British fingerstyle steel and nylon string guitar, and historic instruments. Scots and Irish influences with original melodic set
Take Me Back to 1969
Peak position #5
The Last Rays of Summer - with Armen Grigoryan
Peak position #7
15 songs
I've been writing and playing songs and tunes since teenage years in folk clubs and pubs. I organise the Friday night live music session at the Cobbles Inn, Kelso, Scotland with the help of many friends. All welcome! Visit us: It is worth clicking on the tab because the sound quality of my tracks is far higher than the auto player on this page. Many can be streamed or downloaded at 320KBps and the enhancement for solo guitar/voice far exceeds the benefit you get for highly compressed band recordings. My recordings are full dynamic, not compressed. Just select Hi-Fi for the first song, and an MP3 high bitrate window will open - you will still get a sequence of songs. Most of my downloads are free, but some 320KBps tracks are paid-for. These are selected because they make up my main instrumental album. I now have a YouTube page and have started doing some video recordings for fun: . I have mainly played Lowden guitars since 1999 or so. I now mostly play a low-cost Vintage Gordon Giltrap signature guitar as it has everything I need for anchoring a pub open mic and folk session, without being an expensive instrument at risk weekly in a busy environment.
Band/artist history
Did a lot from 1968 to 1972, took a long break to do some work, started doing stuff again in 1996. Sound familiar?
Have you performed in front of an audience?
I play live, mainly for local events in pubs, restaurants and at festivals, fairs and markets. Much of this involves accompanying other musicians and they in turn accompany me.
Your musical influences
Been rethinking this one. Countless early influences but Steeleye Span, Fairport, Pentangle, Jansch, Renbourn, most so. Today, Tony McManus, Ian Melrose, Pierre Bensusan, and countless local musicians in Scotland.
What equipment do you use?
I record using AKG C2000B, Behringer C2 (two of), small Yamaha mixing desk, various preamps and a Roland VS880EX digital 8-track converted to operate with CompactFlash.
Anything else?
I used to import guitars, bouzoukis and mandolas from Romania to my own specifications, and sell them through . That's ended as the costs rose too much and the logistics became more complex.
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