Dave Carmichael

Dave Carmichael

BandFolkAcoustic

Dave Carmichael's third CD, Spirit Dance is - "... a strong, career-making album that reveals a mature, confident artist just breaking into his prime", which displays a raw honesty and a sincere delivery. Dave was recently artist in residence in Luzern, Switzerland with Melissa Trottier for 6 weeks.

Biography

Dave Carmichael is a Canadian singer/songwriter currently based in Montreal, Quebec.

Dave has released 3 critically acclaimed albums and received several ECMA and MIANS nominations along the way. His latest CD, SPIRIT DANCE was nominated for a 2006 Canadian Folk Music award. Spirit Dance features stellar performances from some of Dave's favorite musician's on the East Coast (where he recorded all of his albums to date) including vocal harmonies by Melissa Trottier, whose beautiful voice blends perfectly with Dave's. Her singing is now an integral part of their performances.

Dave and Melissa have toured in support of Spirit Dance throughout the Maritimes as well as Quebec and Ontario. In 2006 they were very happy to be artists in residence in Luzern, Switzerland for 6 weeks and are looking forward to returning there in the near future.

Still very active in theatre, Dave developed a tribute to Gene MacLellan and presented it at Festival Antigonish in August 2006 with members of Gene's original band, where he was musical director the previous season for the presentation of Joni Mitchell:River which drew rave reviews. He also recently starred in a tribute to Buddy Holly at the Stephenville Theatre Festival as well as in a revival of the "Singalong Jubilee" at Eastern Front Theatre.

Lyrics

BEAUTIFULLY SIMPLE

Written By: Dave Carmichael/Rylee Madison

A rainy autumn night
A snowy afternoon
A summer morning drive
A flower in full bloom

I’m a sentimental fool
These moments I would steal
From the rushing of each day
Through each season I will say
How you make me feel

Chorus:
You are my world and more
Slowin’ things down for this clown
You help me explore
The beautifully simple
Simply feels better
When you’re with me

Dandelion wine
The smell of your pea soup
Strolling through the pines
Sleeping in till noon

I caught a glimpse of truth
And I feel it in my bones
The farther that I stray
The more you’ll hear me say
I’d rather be at home

Chorus:
You are my world and more
Slowin’ things down for this clown
You help me explore
The beautifully simple
Simply feels better
When you’re with me

Break:
I’m a sentimental fool
These moments I would steal
From the rushing of each day
Through each season I will say
How you make me feel
The farther that I stray
The more I tend to say…

Chorus x 2

Tag - You’re everything

SAME TRAIN

Written By: Words & Music by Dave Carmichael

She’s a gypsy she talks to my soul
And we’re heading the same direction
We got lost trying to follow the crowd
Till we made a connection
Now you may walk, take a boat or plane
We’re all riding on the same train

Sometimes it feels like there’s a driver
And he ain’t no engineer
Got off track behind the bushes
But it’s not what it appears
They might be righteous – or insane
We’re all riding on the same train

In time the whistle will blow
Don’t you worry you’re gonna hear it
All aboard and on we go
There’s nobody there to blame
We’re all on the same train

You don’t understand your brother
Will the fighting ever end?
You can walk on high or the valley below
Be cool or seek revenge
You might be Abel, might be Cain
We’re all riding on the same train

Bridge – Chorus

She’s a gypsy – bless her soul
We’re heading the same direction
We got lost for crying out loud
Till we made a connection
Now you might be winner or lose the game
We’re all riding on the same train

SMILE

Written By: Words & Music by Dave Carmichael

I can’t believe I can see
That look on your face
Can’t make it go away
Can’t make it so you want to stay
Here with me and honestly
There’s so many places that we would rather be
But wouldn’t it be good if we

Tried again to understand
What makes us so different
Maybe then, once again
It could be like it was when we were friends

Unavailable to discuss
So you must go on
I wish you well
My apologies I will leave
With this last detail
My only wish is this:
To look you in the eyes as you look back

And smile. Smile. Smile.

I can make a dream where I can see
That look on your face
When we were very young
The brightest when your light is on
It’s clear to me that a memory is better than nothing
When nothing’s all that’s there
I wonder if you even care

To try again
To understand

Unavailable to discuss
So you must go on
I wish you well
My apologies I will leave
With this last detail
My only wish is this:
To look you in the eyes as you look back

And smile. Smile. Smile.

Discography

PERSPECTIVE 1997

EMERGENCE 2000

SPIRIT DANCE 2005

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Set List

Dave has 3 full-length albums to draw from and as such can play over 2 hours of original material.

Preferable set lengths: 45 min x 2