David Allison Biography (Courtest of Artist's site, 2005).
One of Scotland's most talented and innovative acoustic guitarists, his strong, self penned melodies are backed up by a creative use of real-time sampling and looping, resulting in rich textures of sound live on stage. Improvisation is increasingly becoming a feature of his live shows.
Audiences from Hollywood in California to Rostov-on-Don in Russia and from Andalucia to Berlin have warmed to his unique approach to making music.
Nearer home David has performed at festivals such as Glasgow's Celtic Connections, the Edinburgh Fringe, Kirkmichael international Guitar Festival, and the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain, as well as frequent appearances on radio and television. He recently featured in a Scottish Television documentary about the acoustic guitar alongside Martin Taylor and Gordon Giltrap.
A DVD "The Edge of the World" about the remote island of St Kilda and featuring David's music was released by the British Film Institute in 2004. Empire magazine reviewed David's contribution as "a great musical score". "The Sea Harvesters" is another DVD with a soundtrack from David. It's a rare collection of archive films telling the story of deep sea fishing off Scotland in the 30's and 40's.
His groundbreaking album "Acoustic Movies" featured a CD ROM section, including a seven minute in-concert video and other multimedia material.
As well as pursuing his own career, David produced a live album for the Seville based flamenco group Jaleo and has been used for session work in Los Angeles. He wrote and recorded "Communique", the title music for the Scottish Television series "Arts and Parts". The track was selected for a double album of the best of contemporary Scottish music distributed at the international music fair, MIDEM.
Other career highlights include a concert series in Russia, and two major tours of the US in conjunction with the network National Public Radio programme "The Thistle and Shamrock". David also recorded a session at the BBC's Maida Vale studio's for Britain's biggest radio station... Radio 1 FM.
His second album "Guitar Gi-tar" won warm reviews, and was launched at Sound City in Glasgow, an event sponsored by Radio 1. His debut CD "Reporting" was produced by Scottish singer songwriter, Dougie MacLean.
You can listen to short samples from some of the tracks from this artist using the player below.