Kirsten & Dave
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Kirsten & Dave

Lynn, Massachusetts, United States

Lynn, Massachusetts, United States
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"First Night Needham 2008"

The duo Kirsten & Dave performed folk, bluegrass and pop music at the First Church of Christ, doing both original tunes and cover songs, with several children dancing in the aisles as they played "Brown-Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison.

"It was a good crowd," said Kirsten Manville, half of the duo. "A lot of people were singing along."

-Steven Ryan, Needham Times, on Kirsten & Dave's performance at Needham's First Night 2008 celebration - Needham Times

"OutLoud Coffeehouse"

...were Kirsten and Dave, performers of a variety of music. Dave Simmons played trumpet and sang in the chorus in grade school but now prefers the sound of his acoustic guitar. He is a singer, writer and brings a sweet sound to the air as he strums the strings.

Kirsten Manville is a Bowdoin College graduate who has sung in the college's chamber choir, as well as working with the Nashville Symphony chorus. Kirsten plays the guitar and gave us a sampling of her ability on the flute.

Together Kirsten and Dave have produced their first CD called "Dreams That Just Won't Let Go". Their music filled the room with warmth and comfort as they performed by playing together, singing in harmony and sending warm vibes out to all in attendance.

-Shirley Rabb, The Melrose Mirror, on Kirsten & Dave's featured performance at the OutLoud Coffeehouse, October 2007. - Melrose Mirror

"Me & Thee Coffehouse"

The evening's entertainment began with a 6-song set by Kirsten and Dave. Kirsten has an absolutely beautiful 1st and 2nd soprano-range while sounding "very folky" and plays the guitar sweetly, and Dave's folky tenor is accompanied by masterful guitar picking, as well. Oops, almost forgot, Kirsten played the flute exquisitely and flawlessly. My favorite song of their set was a humorous little ditty written by Dave called "Hello Kitty Blues", if I remember the title correctly. Their effervescent and animated personalities were very well received by the audience.

-Susie Pascar on our show at the Me & Thee Coffeehouse, opening for Guy Davis, February 2007. - Me & Thee Official Website


LPs: Dreams That Just Won't Let Go
Things You Learn
available at cdbaby and iTunes.

Songs from the LP can be heard streaming at Whole Wheat Radio and the single "Hello Kitty Blues" has been played on WZLX-Boston.

Several of our videos can be seen on YouTube.



Kirsten & Dave's diverse backgrounds are the key to their success at performing a variety of musical styles. Whether they are playing acoustic pop, country, acoustic blues or folk/bluegrass, their love for music is obvious. Playing a variety of instruments, Kirsten & Dave swap off melodies and harmonies as they play a mix of covers and original tunes. They have 3 decades of performing experience between them and they have been playing together for over five years. Kirsten & Dave have opened for Chris and Meredith Thompson, Paul Rishell & Annie Raines, and most recently, Guy Davis. They were finalists on the 2007 season of "Community Auditions," a televised New England based talent contest, and have been featured performers at many area coffeehouses.

Kirsten Manville - Guitar, Flute, Mandolin & Vocals
Kirsten Manville grew up near Boston and studied piano and flute from the age of eight. She performed in band, orchestra, chorus, and theater productions. Kirsten attended Bowdoin College while continuing to study flute and voice. She also sang in the Bowdoin Chamber Choir. During her senior year she took up guitar and began composing and performing in a folk trio. She graduated with a BA in music in 1995. That fall she moved to Nashville where she worked for the Nashville Symphony and sang in the Nashville Symphony Chorus. As if that wasn't enough music for her, on her days off she went and performed at local Nashville coffeehouses. She's kind of a show-off like that. Back in Massachusetts, Kirsten continues to hone her songwriting

David Simmons - Guitar, Mandolin & Vocals
David Simmons arrived by an equally circuitous route. Also a Boston area native, he played trumpet and sang in the chorus in grade school. At puberty he had trouble getting used to his new voice, so he began taking guitar lessons. Eventually he learned how to sing again. In 1991, Dave got involved in the local community cultural scene and began producing, as well as performing in, local cultural events. He also found time to play rhythm guitar in a 7-piece blues, ska, and swing jazz band. Eventually he began to prefer the sound of the acoustic guitar, but once in a while he still likes to drag out the old Telecaster. Dave tries to get out and play every chance he gets, whether it's solo or in a combo. He needs to keep busy in order to stay out of trouble.

Dreams That Just Won't Let Go

Kirsten & Dave’s first studio CD, Dreams That Just Won’t Let Go, was released in October 2006. Made up of mostly original tunes, it captures the spirit of their live performances in fully produced versions of their favorite songs. The cut People Talk went to number 1 this past October on the list of anti-war songs on Neil Young's web site. Kirsten & Dave are currently hard at work recording their second CD.