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Dave Di Marco - Live Music Review

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by Tina Walsh (subscribe)
A thirty-something music appreciator with a passion for blues, funk, reggae, jazz and soul. I love uncovering new acts and CDs to buy at live gigs. Follow me on twitter @tinajwalsh
Published December 8th 2012
Irish-influenced folk music
Having spent a number of years in the band Charlie Mayfair, Dave Di Marco has embarked on a solo career. I caught him performing at December's Waxing Lyrical.

Dave Di Marco @ Waxing Lyrical

During Waxing Lyrical, Kellie Riordon chatted with Dave about his approach to the songwriting process. In Charlie Mayfair, the songwriting was split between Hannah and Dave, and Dave explained that although the band was working on a sound that worked for them, it wasn't working for him. So, he's recently gone solo, with an EP coming out next year (2013). Amongst the songs he discussed and performed, one was called Dublin; a story about Dave meeting a homeless man in Dublin, who didn't want money, just someone to talk to, so he spent 4-5 hours chatting with him. This song had patrons on the Turbine Platform transfixed. During further discussion of the songwriting process he described that he likes to sum up a situation in one line and then build the song out from there - that the lyrics usually come first - that he draws from real life, and songwriting is very personal for Dave. After this, he sang Lost a folky love song about Brisbane. He also performed a unnamed, new song, which had a pop feel, about a boat on a island and wishing you could go back on moments passed.

Discussing influences, Dave talked about Irish music; one of his idols being Glen Hansard from The Frames. He talked about getting missing out on tickets to Glen's gig at the Tivoli, so by emailing the performer's management, he was lucky enough to have his name put on the list at the door. At the time, he didn't understanding the concept of this, and expecting to pay double, he was prepared with a large amount of money, then he was confused about whether he'd just "stolen" the tickets he was given at box office, and was surprised (and happy) at being seated second row centre.

Dave Di Marco performs @ Waxing Lyrical

To find out when Dave Di Marco is performing, you can like him on Facebook here and listen to his music here.
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