Dave Mann

Dave Mann

 Margaret River, Western Australia, AUS
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Dave Mann is both an accomplished performer and a versatile songwriter with bittersweet songs ranging from ballads, through folk and reggae to rock. He writes from the heart about subjects that touch us all and cuts straight to the truth.

Biography

The Dave Mann Collective (DMC) combines three of Western Australia’s most talented and best-loved musicians – Dave Mann, Roy Martinez and Angus Diggs. Between them they have toured the world, shared the stage with most of Australia’s top performers and played just about every festival you can think of. Together they are an extraordinary musical force – and unlike anything else out there today.

Lead singer Dave Mann is both an accomplished performer and a versatile songwriter with bittersweet songs ranging from ballads, through folk and reggae to rock. He writes from the heart about subjects that touch us all and cuts straight to the truth. His voice is incredibly beautiful and his vocal range astounding. Put this together with open chord tunings, slide guitar and virtuosic playing and something very special is created. And while Dave’s style is constantly evolving and growing it is still instantly recognizable, giving a resonance of familiarity and comfort to the listener.

Combined with the dynamic bass playing of Roy Martinez and the always brilliant and unpredictable genius of Angus Diggs on drums, DMC gigs are always fun, inspirational and moving experiences that take their audiences on a seamless musical journey from fairyland to iconic pub-rock. Always surprising – in the best possible way.

The Dave Mann Collective has been constantly touring Dave’s original music since 2003 and have five respected cd releases with a sixth on the way. They have played most major Australian festivals including the West Coast Blues And Roots Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Fairbridge Festival, Blues at Bridgetown, Folk Rhythm & Life and Peat’s Ridge Festivals. Dave has supported artists such as Jeff Martin (The Tea Party),The Whitlam’s, Pete Murray, The Cat Empire, Eric Bibb, Thirsty Merc, Jeff Lang, Diesel and Lior.

Lyrics

The Hand That Feeds

Written By: Dave Mann

I am the sun shining bright,
I've been here since the dawn of light.
You silly things burning coal for steam,
I give to you and I give for free.

I am the trees in a forrest green,
Strong and tall as tall can be.
I give the air and wood to build with,
But you take more than I can give.

Oh mother, mother of life,
Please except our thanks, sorry it took us a while.
Oh mother, mother who bleeds,
Hope your wound heals soon, you're the hand that feeds.

I am the ocean, deep and blue,
Come for a swim I'll make you feel brand new.
I house creatures both great and small,
But you're not welcome if you take them all

I am the earth, wise and old.
I give the sand and rocks your standing on.
I've seen changes and I've weathered storms,
Looks you're starting another one.

Chorus.

I am you. I'm your unborn child.
I am your spirit, I am all things wild.
I say to you, when you're in the ground,
I'll be picking up what you put down.

Chorus.
You're the hand that feeds.

Discography

Dave Mann Collective - EP 2002
Wake Up - EP 2004
Endless Page - Album 2005
Heart Over Mind - Album 2007
Ash & Embers - EP 2009