Accomplished guitarist on stage Saturday

David Sinclair to perform for Folk Music Society Concert series.

David Sinclair performs on Saturday at Holy Trinity in Sooke.

The Sooke Folk Music Society is proud and excited to host the return of David Sinclair to our concert series at Holy Trinity Anglican Church on Saturday, April 30.

David Sinclair toured with Sarah McLachlan from 1993-2003 as her guitarist on the Lillith Fair, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy and Surfacing tours. Prior to working with McLachlan, he toured with k.d. lang on her Ingenue tour. Before he landed these two opportunities, Sinclair had already accomplished a vast and varied musical background on his own.

Growing up in Vancouver, David was first was exposed to the world of professional music at the age of 12. As a teenager, he was part of many bands and played locally regularly, moving from one playing situation to another, refining his guitar skills and performance. At the expense of his academic courses at the University of British Columbia’s School of Music (Canada), he would often spend hours in the music library listening to a wide variety of guitar music from delta blues, to Django and to classical. During that period he was also introduced to the recording studio namely, Vancouver

By the age of 18, he was already a professional musician performing five to six nights a week in some of Vancouver’s notorious east end cabarets, and appeared regularly as a feature vocalist on CBC TV’s Let’s Go and Where it’s At series. He also performed as a solo acoustic artist at coffeehouses and toured B.C. as opening act for The Poppy Family. Over the next few years he released his first solo album, Take My Hand, and helped form the successful Vancouver group Sunshyne, which included the late Bruce Fairbairn (producer for Aerosmith etc), Jim Vallance (songwriter with Bryan Adams and Ozzy Osborne) and jazz flautist/saxophonist Tom Keenlyside. Sunshyne was transformed into Prism, and David played some guitar on their first three albums.

As a studio guitarist, he has worked with many Canadian artists and he has played on and composed music for many TV series and films, appeared on numerous occasions with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and a variety of musical theatre productions.

From 1992 to 1995, David was asked to tour with k.d. lang as well as join Sarah McLachlan’s ensemble from 1993 to 2003, touring extensively in North America, Europe, and Japan. During that period he appeared on television shows including Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Arsenio Hall, Saturday Night Live, Larry Sanders, Good Morning America, Rosie O’Donnell, MTV Unplugged, VH1 Storytellers, The Grammy Awards Show, and Juno Awards.

Sinclair continues touring, recording and producing. He has also released two instrumental solo CDs: Acoustic Christmas which he recorded while touring with McLachlan, and his 2007 body of work No Words, which garnered rave reviews. No Words is a soulful roots/celtic mix featuring mainly original acoustic guitar work inspired by a number of events at different points of his life.

Please join us this Saturday for an incredible evening of music with this outstanding musician.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the show starting at 8.

Contributed by Dave Gallant