We received the following from the Chairman at Abergele Organ Society who asked us to publish the following after Dave Smith's recent concert for them:
I was pleased to see that we booked Dave Smith for our July concert. I knew immediately that this would be a cracking show. Several members weren’t familiar with the name and wondered what the concert would be like. They were not disappointed. It was one of the best concerts we have had at the Kinmel Manor Hotel, in the last 5 years. It was performed by a real professional showman who knows how to entertain. He showed off the Roland AT80R at its best.
I first heard Dave play in E.D Brown’s music shop, Bolton in the 70’s. Dave, with Lowrey Heritage organ and band were also resident at the Aquarius Club where Bolton Organ society met. Dave’s fame spread and his talents became in great demand in many musical worlds. In particular, MD for touring live shows, cabaret in NW England, Eric Delaney’s band, Lowrey organs and design and development of the Roland Atelier range of organs.
He is still a most sought-after artist. Many clubs visited gave comments such as “I’ve been coming to this club for 25 years and that was the best night and the best artist I have ever seen.” The Chairman of one very successful major organ club in the London area commented at the end of the concert “In his 30 years of being Chairman he had never witnessed a standing ovation before”. Some clubs who never normally book the same artist the following year have gone against their policy and have already booked Dave twelve months after.
At our club (Abergele & District Electronic Organ Society), we were given a varied and exciting concert that inspired members to give comments like:
“That red keyboard thingy was really good. Can you get him to play some more on it?”
“That was a great show, nice songs and so well played”
“The Armistice piece was really wonderful”
“When can we have Dave back to play for us again”.
Talking with Dave after the concert, he tells me that this reaction is happening at every organ club since he returned to the scene.
Paul Quinn (Chairman)
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