Fife blues guitarist Dave Arcari unveils a new take on Scottish classic Loch Lomond
Raised in Kirkcaldy he made a name for himself as the frontman of the Summerfield Blues and when they broke up Dave became the alternative blues soloist we know today, traveling the world as a playing blues troubadour. original punk blues on a National Steel or occasionally acoustic and sometimes electric guitar.
His new release is a personal rewritten, updated Loch Lomond, solo record but with a few friends in the choir he calls The Voices of the Loch.
It’s not the Runrig anthem nor the kilt-swinging Kenneth McKellar style that I might have seen at the White Heather Club on a monochrome TV between Highland dancers and Jimmy Shand and before a new single from Andy Stewart.
It’s a million miles from the tartan era of Dixie Ingram and Jimmy MacGregor, but the imagery is the same.
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Video in the new version shows east of Loch Lomond that Dave made his home so that it could appeal to a wider population, as Donnie Munro and Dougie MacLean did decades ago. Its test audience was in a live concert and the only way to experience interactive music for the past eighteen months.
A radio DJ suggested it could be an outing if backing vocals were added and friends and neighbors recruited to be on the recording, we can now hear it on Bandcamp and all download and download sites. streaming.
Among the voices heard and from Florida was Shady Glenn and until then he hadn’t known his name was in the lyrics already written.
Still keeping the ballad rhythm of what was the song’s traditional origins, the slide steel guitar gives it a sound like no other.
Perhaps now we can hear a new addition to Dave Arcari’s ever-growing repertoire. An excellent introduction to his music appears on Live At Memorial Hall and for download, digipack CD or double LP.
Dave tells us gigs are slowly picking up and last month he’s hosted gigs in Manchester, Liverpool and Belfast so I expect him to cause an international storm, but who knows where his new song will take him.
Chatting with Engelbert Humperdinck last week for Radio and Fife Free Press meant a wave of engagement with his fan base across the world and shared by them with great effect.
I spoke to him exclusively from his home in Bel-Air and we worked overtime as there was so much fuss before his big show at Dunfermline Alhambra this week.
The Mixcloud radio site is a recorded radio listening site that has a million minutes of radio uploaded every day and they emailed me to say our interview was number five in the world rankings.