Monday 19th May 2014
David Levels With Ben – Live

As mentioned previously, David contributed some guitar to The Levels, a track from Ben Watt's new album Hendra.

Tonight David went a step further and played on three songs in Ben's much-anticipated show at Islington's Assembly Hall, London. Ben had already performed some shows around the country just with guitarist Bernard Butler and himself, but tonight for the first time they fronted a full band, with additional bass, drums and keyboards.

As you would imagine, the set was centred around the songs from Hendra, with David adding additional guitar toward the end; having contributed atmospheric lap steel on The Levels, he then hoisted a black Fender Strat for Young Man's Game, which saw Bernard and David alternating licks, each highlighting their own individual style. The first encore of Spring featured David again on lap steel, before Ben closed the show on his own at the Wurlitzer electric piano, for The Heart Is A Mirror.

All in all, another memorable evening.

Wednesday 9th April 2014
Ben Watt 'The Levels' featuring David

As reported elsewhere, David plays on a track on the new Ben Watt album Hendra, to be released next week. A video has just been posted featuring Ben, on acoustic guitar and vocals, and David, on lap steel guitar, performing a stripped-down version of The Levels.

Ben's Website has more details on the album, including his forthcoming tour dates.

Thursday 6th March 2014
Happy Birthday David

All at would like to wish David a Happy Birthday for today.

Photo: Jill Furmanovsky..
Novelist Polly Samson, (the 'On An Island' and 'The Division Bell' lyricist), has her collection of short stories, entitled Perfect Lives, out in hardback in the USA and paperback in the UK.

Why don't you take a look at her Website here?

You can order Perfect Lives in the USA here and in the UK here, where you can also enjoy a video, directed by Gavin Elder, of Polly talking about the book and reading some extracts.

Polly's story Ivan Knows was the runner-up in the V.S. Pritchett Short Story Competition, earning these comments from the judges: 'A child's perspective is difficult to execute well in fiction but this story pulls it off without a drop of sentiment. Touching and well-sustained...a pleasure to read, combining a portrait of character and relationships with more than a hint of magic and wonder'. You can read more here.