It was the likes of the Shadows with Cliff Richard that first inspired Dave to buy a second hand guitar and form a 5-piece combo, known as The Farinas, playing lead guitar taking the vocals and emulating the popular music of the day. More work followed with a group from Wolverhampton, called The Likely Lads. This was a time when Dave was also dabbling on keyboard as well as lead guitar.

During the 1970s due to work and family commitments Dave took a break from playing in public and became resigned to listening to recorded music by some of the greats such as Sinatra, and Nat Cole.

By the early 80's Dave had developed a keen interest in jazz, and also became actively involved in Barber Shop Quartet work. It was in this latter mode that Dave had reasonable success when his Quartet broadcast several times on the BBC and at many Social Functions. In 1985 Dave joined the Bank Street Syncopators, playing traditional jazz, firstly on bass guitar and then string bass, whilst still occasionally freelancing on guitar with other bands.
This varied background both instrumentally and in style made Dave an ideal choice to fill the vacant position that arose in The Martinique Jazz Band in 1998.

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