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"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


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