David Gillis
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David Gillis


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"Wonderfully Bittersweet Melodies"

'He demonstrates many facets of his extraordinary talent as a guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and producer. This is especially evident in his wonderfully bittersweet melodies woven with poignant lyrical observations and inspirations...'

Diane Wells - www.701.com, Washington Blues Society - Washington Blues Society

"Breezy Virtuosity"

'Breezy virtuosity as a solo guitarist...
The material is so catchy ... and Gillis's presentation is so amiable.'

Robert Doerschuk
Winner of two ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards for excellence in music journalism - Robert Doerschuk

"Best North American Songwriting"

David Gillis sings with an original voice, grounded in the best North American songwriting traditions. He's also a killer guitar player (I mean that in a good way, of course!). His new CD is a treat to listen to, well recorded and featuring some great playing. Real, heartfelt music.

Don Ross,
Sony-Narada, Recording Artist - Don Ross, Musician Phenom!

"Six Stars..."

I heard David Gillis at the 2001 Gamble Rogers Folk Festival in St. Augustine (where he took first place in the fingerstyle guitar competition). After hearing his world class guitar playing, I was not prepared to be blown away by the beauty of this CD. It is a brilliant landmark in an idiom that begs for new creative voices. I give it six stars.

John McCormick - Phantom Records recording artist - John McCormick

"Taylor Guitar Clinician writes..."

As I listen to David Gillis, I keep wondering-- why isn't this guy famous already? He's that good. His production style is refreshing, yet familiar, with touches of Tom Petty, Dylan, and the Beatles, and his deft lyrics aim straight toward our hearts. Everyone's complaining about the dismal state of pop music on the radio these days. Let's get David's music on there and give them a reason to listen again!

Pat Kirtley
Award-Winning Internationally Acclaimed Fingerstyle Guitarist,
Taylor Guitar Clinician - Pat Kirtley

"Absolutely masterful..."

'Absolutely masterful examples of playing and arranging for solo acoustic fingerstyle guitar.'
– Jan., 2006 - David Barrett, Toronto Fingerstyle Guitar Association


When You've Got A Dream - 2001
Wish Where You Are - 2005



Born in Hamilton Ontario...
this son of a steelworker comes from a rich historical lineage of musicians. His Mother is an award-winning vocalist and his crippled uncle was a champion maritime fiddler. David is living up to his reputation as a true virtuoso guitarist and stellar singer/songwriter.

On the guitarist side, his work has been included in Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine, he has played on the main stage at the prestigious Chet Atkins Appreciation Society and won the Gamble Rogers Fingerstyle Guitar competition.

On the side of song writing, David is the recipient of the Colleen Peterson Song-writing Award. His compositions engage listeners with profound lyrical and melodic insights.

His combination of impeccable performance, relaxed quirky humor and strange vocal stylings have made him a favorite among audiences as evident by his loyal following.

2004 Winner of the Colleen Peterson Song-writing Award from the Ontario Council of Arts and OCFF

Showcase Winner... SummerFolk 2004 'Last Chance Saloon'

Placed 1st in the Gamble Rogers Fingerstyle Guitar competition, St. Augustine Florida, 2001

His instrumental song 'She's So Fey' earned a spot in the coveted and internationally distributed Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine, July 2003 issue

Twice invited as a main stage performer at the prestigious Chet Atkins Appreciation Society, 2003 & 2004

Official endorser of Beneteau Guitars, Gibson/Ephiphone Guitars, LR Baggs Pickups, Elixer guitar strings and AER Acoustic Amps