Damh the Bard (Dave Smith) has a truly interesting history. From his earliest years, Dave always had an intense interest in music (which I personally believe has emerged from some past life influences). He played his first live concerts at the age of 11 in pubs on the Isle of Wight and continued into his teen years with several rock bands (including one named Targa).
In the 1990′s, he was trained as a Bard, poet and storyteller in the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, where he found his artistic expression within folk music, forming band Spiral Castle for a support concert with Robin Williamson (founder member of the Incredible String Band). Spiral Castle continued to play during the late 90s at festivals until Dave turned towards a solo career and released his first solo album called Herne’s Apprentice in 2001, and he has continued to gain an ever increasing popularity in the Pagan and Wiccan Community, as well as garnering mainstream attentions.
Everyone will be happy to hear that Dave is currently working on a new studio album due out this year called Antlered Crown and Standing Stone. After the Tales from the Crow Man and his live album, this is a return to his own self-penned Pagan-themed songs. In May of 2012, the Spirit of Albion movie will be released on DVD, which is a musical film based on Dave’s song Only Human and includes ten other songs sung as part of the film’s plot.
As a solo artist, his inspiration comes from the ancient myths, folklore, and legends of the British Isles and Ireland as well as from the Welsh Mabinogion. He performs in the style of a bard and takes his audience on a journey through the old stories and myths of our ancient heritage.
“My cause has always been the same, to take people on a journey to places of myth and legend,
to bridge the gap between the ancient Bards’ tales, and our modern lives using my music and words.
Whether that’s playing to a packed 1500 seater theatre, or to a handful of people around a campfire,
the message and meaning remains the same.”
~ Damh the Bard 2012
(Just a little side note: Damh is actually pronounced “Dave”. Muwah!)
Albums: (Videos Below)
Herne’s Apprentice (2001)
Hills they are Hollow (2003)
Spirit of Albion (2006)
John Barleycorn Reborn (2007 w/others)
The Cauldron Born (2008)
Tales from the Crow Man (2009)
Lady of the Silver Wheel
Cloak of Feathers
Land, Sea, and Sky
Song of Awen
Gently Johnny (from The Wicker Man Movie) at the 2007 Witchfest International, Fairfild Halls, Croydon.