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Dave Kelbie

”Dave Kelbie's rhythm guitar is a joy in itself, firm but relaxed, clearly executed but never obtrusive. Dave knows exactly the best chord voicing for every moment and will add spice with the occasional flourish or series of brisk arpeggios reminiscent of Eddie Lang” Charles Alexander

Over the last 20 years Dave Kelbie has been a prominent accompanist to many of the worlds leading jazz soloists and European Gypsy musicians.

Self taught guitarist who’s first professional engagements were with the celebrated Gypsy guitarist from Holland Fapy Lafertin in 1989. A partnership that has lasted until recently with two iconic recordings “Swing Guitars” and “Hungaria”. Through his alliance with Lafertin have come performances with musicians such as Hungarian violinist Roby Lakatos, Tcha Limberger, Bireli Lagrene and Lollo Meier and Angelo Debarre.

For 17 years he’s been the accompanist to UK guitar legend John Etheridge and until recently the groundbreaking UK-based, multi-national Balkan music cooperative Szapora has been his best-known project. Formed in 1996 originally as The Budapest Cafe orchestra, the band kicked off the Balkan music scene in Europe and the UK, consistently featuring some of the finest European musicians.

More recently he has the rhythm guitar seat with London's hard-swinging vintage jazz band The Dime Notes led by Portland pianist Andrew Oliver and Brit clarinetist David Horniblow. With his last project, a seven year stretch with New Orleans clarinetist Evan Christopher and his project Django a la Creole, Kelbie became one of the most sought after rhythm guitarists on the world stage.

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Dave Kelbie held the whole night together with some great chord work

Kelbie with a remarkable rhythm on his guitar delivers an impressive performance Holly Moors - Moors Magazine, Holland

Kelbie always provides propulsive rhythm guitar Kenny Mathieson - Inverness Courrier

Dave Kelbie’s rhythm guitar is undoubtedly one of the best in the world John-Pierre Jackson - Classica

Kelbie is the motor tonight, providing a strict, subtle pulse - whatever the tempo John Walters - The Guardian

Kelbie maintains the pulse flawlessly at any speed from zero to a hundred and twenty Ian Mann - Jazzmann

Sweet Chorus is propelled by the partnership of the guitarist Dave Kelbie and the bassist Malcolm Creese Clive Davis - The Times

The Rolls-Royce and Jaguar of British rhythm sections Sebastien Lege - Djangostation

Dave Kelbie produced such a solid percussive rhythm you could hear why the original Quintette didn’t use a drummer Keith Clark - Crackerbox




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