AFTER kicking off 2016 with shows at the Blues Kitchen, London and Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival, alt.blues troubadour Dave Arcari and G63 resident returns home for a show at Buchanan Memorial Hall (Milton of Buchanan, by Drymen) on Saturday 6 February.
Arcari ended 2015 with a month-long US tour (his second of the year) and a series of Scottish shows culminating with Glasgow on Ice in the city’s George Square.
And he can’t wait to play a ‘local’ show. “2015 was a hectic year for touring both in the UK and overseas,” he says. “It seems ages since I’ve been home even though I played at Balmaha’s Braw Weekend festival at the start of October…there’s a bunch of new songs that I’m keen to play for all our local pals and the old-school village hall at Milton of Buchanan is one of my favourite places to play.”
Edinburgh singer/songwriter and pal Lee Patterson will open the show.
In between tours and festival appearances Arcari has been busy at Chem19 studios with engineer/produced Paul Savage (Delgados) recording tracks for a series of new releases scheduled for early 2016.
“Rather than release the new tracks in a one-er, it looks like we’ll do a series of EP releases followed by a more traditional album release later in 2016,” says Arcari.
“We’ll probably release the material on my own label in the UK and licence it out other labels for release in USA and Europe. The industry is changing so quickly – and listeners consume music in so many different ways – that we constantly need to adopt new release strategies to stay on folks’ radar – not just audiences and consumers, but the media and wider music industry too.”
Arcari has shared the stage with major artists including country/Americana legend Steve Earle, Toby Keith, the mighty Alabama 3, Seasick Steve and veteran blues-rocker Robin Trower.
A regular at UK and European festivals, Arcari cites recent highlights as Glastonbury; Moulin Blues Festival in Holland; Belgium’s Peer Festival (alongside Jeff Beck, Joe Bonamassa and Steve Winwood); BluesAlive in the Czech Republic and Poland.
Headline shows in the USA and mainland Europe as well as across the UK continue to take Arcari and his music to a wider audience beyond the confines of any specific genre.