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David Muldrew: Bio

David Muldrew can only be described as a prolific singer songwriter and performer. He is from the historic quaker village of Bessbrook in Co. Armagh, once the hub of Ireland's linen industry and he is located beside the City of Newry on the edge of the Mourne Mountains on one side and the Ring of Gullion mountains on the other 50 miles from Dublin and 40 miles from Belfast.

David started his interests in music by being part of school garage bands and then playing in groups like the South Ulster Youth Orchestra/Band. His mother is a fine piano player and his father has a keen interest in tradition and music. His grandmother was an opera singer and other members of the family were poets.

An experienced professional musician, David has toured on 4 continents both as a solo performer playing his own material, which has been described as....... contemporary folk with a hint of country and Irish....... with the band "Crooked Jack Ireland" playing a mix of Ulster/Scots, traditional Irish and original and as, a session musician both on tours 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 and Pete Seeger, Thom Moore and Orla.

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

Winner of the highly prestigious Ballyshannon Song Contest in 1991 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 Mullan, he has also been recently filmed for a series Singer and the Song which may be shown on PBS in mid 2008.

As regards travel and music, the saying "has guitar will travel" very much applies and it has given David the opportunity to perform in venues such as the Darwin Festival in Australia, Singapore,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, Berlin, Guingamp in Brittany, Trieste in Italy and many others in his native Ireland.

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. It is freely available to listen to on the web or live.
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.

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.