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David Muldrew: Bio

David Muldrew is a prolific singer songwriter and performer from the historic quaker village of Bessbrook in Co.Armagh.

David started his interest in music by being part of school garage bands and then performing in the South Ulster Youth Orchestra/Band. His mother was a fine piano player and amateur actor and his father had a keen interest in tradition and traditional music. His grandmother was an opera singer and a niece of the author George Bernard Shaw.

An experienced professional musician, David has toured on 4 continents both as a solo performer, playing his own material and with the "The Upducky Band" "Blackthorn Ireland" "Bearnagh" "Aoife ni Fhearraigh" and others playing a mix of Ulster/Scots, traditional Irish and original music and as a session musician both on tour and in studio. One of his best experiences was spending time in the Loft Studio's in Bronxville New York working on a great peace album entitled Ripples of hope which featured artisites Julie Gold who wrote "From a distance", Larry Kirwan of Black 47, Tommy Sands, Pete Seeger, Thom Moore and Orla.

David is involved with other songwriters in shared songwriting sessions and in organised writers events sponsored by IMRO the Irish Music Rights Organisation.

As a winner of the highly prestigious Ballyshannon Song Contest, interest started to be shown in David and he was featured on TV and radio on which he still regularly appears, he was also involved in the music on the highly acclaimed award winning film "The Magdalene Sister's" directed by the famous Scottish actor, Peter Mullen, he has also been recently filmed for a series The Singer and the Song which may be shown on PBS in mid 2018.

David performs in venues such as the Darwin Festival in Australia, Singapore festival,The Dubai Desert Classic in the UAE, the fantastic Concertogeboew, the Netherland's premier festival hall, Oslo Festival in Norway, St Patricks celebrations in Missouri, Balver Hoelhe festival Germany, Berlin, Guingamp in Brittany, Trieste in Italy and most recently in China at the Beijing Ball and Tsingua University with a pinnacle performance at the Greening of the Great Wall of China in March 2016.

David is also a producer / broadcaster of his own weekly radio show on FIVEFM called Gaelforce which is a specialised folk and traditional programme broadcast for 2 hours on Sunday mornings in his home city of Newry.

RECENTLY David played in the beautiful town of Avenches in Switzerland,toured Norway and is attending festivals in Scandinavia,Germany and Switzerland with the Upducky Band this winter.

David has also been awarded the keeper of the tradition award at the Armagh Festival of Song for his outstanding contribution to adding new Ulster/Scots Irish music that will become tradtion in the future, he also attended the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow in January 2010, played the Waterfront Hall as a guest with the Field Marshall Montgomery Pipe Band and travelled to Saudi Arabia to play at Diplomatic Conferences with Crooked Jack.