Dave Smith

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Dave Smith

Telephone Number :  01204 852116   or   07791 555826

Email address :  dave@therealdavesmith.com

Website :  www.therealdavesmith.com

Address :  2 Greenthorne Close,  Edgworth,  Turton,  Bolton,  Lancashire,  BL7 0BL 

About Dave

Dave looks back with pride over his musical career as he began playing the piano at the very early age of 4. Even at the tender age of seven, he entered a competition organized by the stocky silver-haired star-maker Carroll Levis. David, a Pikes Lane schoolboy was the youngest and couldn’t reach the pedals on the grand piano of the old Grand Theatre, but picked out a more than passable rendition of “Oh Mein Papa.” “Too young,” was the verdict of cherubic Mr Levis, but David, vowed: “I’ll be back.”

He was encouraged by his father to take classical music lessons with a Piano teacher in Bolton (Mrs Toseland) where his father paid for his tuition right through the entire eight grades of Associated Board Piano Examinations, passing all with Distinction.

Interest progressed to the point when he became engrossed in not just playing but also in writing and orchestrating which resulted in the formation his own trio at the age of twelve performing in local venues. It was also at this time, for the closing week of the magnificent Grand theatre in Bolton, a special show was prepared with youngsters from the local area performing, David being one of the line-up. On the opening day of the show, the pianist of the resident orchestra was taken ill. David was asked could he stand in, and without a rehearsal he played very ably with the orchestra in the pit and then quickly moved upstairs onto the stage for his own performance, playing on the instrument that just 8 years ago he was too young to reach the pedals on it.

During his latter years at school he was fascinated with the electronic organ and at the age of sixteen, left school and joined Swan’s, the biggest of all the Manchester Organ and Piano Dealer as organ technician. They allowed him to take a break for two summers to be the personal pianist and musical director for showman Peter Webster at the Central Pier in Blackpool and in the Theatre on the pier.

This enormous experience led him to become musical director in many cabaret clubs in and around Manchester. During this time, he was seen by Eric Delaney and was invited to join him as keyboardist and Musical Director, which he did successfully for four years. During that time he was MD for stars like Morecambe & Wise, Ken Dodd and the late Tony Hancock, later appearing in a Royal Command Performance in the presence of Her Royal Highness, Princess Margaret.

After this episode, wanting to be more in control he formed his own band namely the Dave Smith Sound playing at Theatres and Cabaret Clubs around the North West, including the North Pier Blackpool.

In 1974, Dave was appointed manager of a local music shop E.D.Brown Organs in Bolton at the same time performing at many organ societies and making several recordings, most of which were played on the Radio stations including Radio Lancashire (called Radio Blackburn in those days). While managing this store he was asked to enter the Yamaha Electone Festival. He won the UK heat, going on to win the European finals in Hambourg, where he received as first prize, a trip to Japan and a chance to enter the International Concours. It was here, in 1975, that he was presented with the Most Outstanding Performance Award.

Returning to the UK, he left the retail scene to appear with Trevor Chance playing at major cabaret venues throughout the UK with many appearances on the BBC "Pebble Mill at One" TV show.

Again the electronic organ scene beckoned and Dave joined the Lowrey Organ Company and was Artist for the European Operations of Lowrey playing at venues and trade fairs all over Europe and the USA. In 1979 he was promoted to Marketing Specialist/Artist, and further promotion came in 1983 when he was made Keyboard Marketing Manager for Lowrey in Europe. 1984 was decision making time, because the Company invited him not only to work in Chicago, but reside there as well, where he became Director of Product Planning and Development in 1985.

His success was heard throughout the world and especially by the President of Roland Corporation in Japan, Mr. Ikutaro Kakehashi and he asked Dave to form a Research and Development Department for Roland’s keyboard products concentrating on a new line of instruments for Roland....the Atelier range of organs. After many years with the Organ and Keyboard design team for Roland Corporation Japan, he decided to return to the showbiz scene. He is currently the Musical Director for many stars including the very successful three tenors - Tenorissimo. Another avenue of performing is that Dave has a jazz group called "Jeriactric Jazz" playing in many jazz venues around the Lancashire area.

As if that isn't enough to keep him busy, he's also the Musical Director, Organist and Choir Master at the church of St. Anne in his local village. The Organ Society and club circuit are also benefiting with Dave now being back on the performing circuit and in his 'spare time', is teaching piano, organ and keyboard.

This year, Dave is celebrating 60 years in the music business !


Dave's Photo Gallery

Dave Smith with Lowrey Dave about 8 yr old Dave's wife Lynn Dave Smith with Lowrey My Grandson - Thomas

Dave's Concert Diary

Concerts in 2017
March 8thEast London and Essex Electronic Keyboard Club
May 2ndBexley Music Club
June 29thStockport Organ & Keyboard Club
July 9thRutland Organ and Keyboard Music Club
July 12thPrivate Function (more details)

Jazz Event

July 15thPrivate Function
July 18thPrivate Function (more details)

Jazz Event

July 22ndPrivate Function
July 28thPrivate Function
August 2ndPrivate Function (more details)

Afternoon Concert

August 5thPrivate Function
August 8thPrivate Function
August 9thPrivate Function (more details)

Jazz Event

August 12thPrivate Function
August 13thPrivate Function
August 18thPrivate Function
August 19thPrivate Function
August 22ndPrivate Function
September 1stPrivate Function
September 30thPrivate Function
October 6thPrivate Function
October 7thPrivate Function
October 11thPrivate Function (more details)

Jazz event with Jeriatric Jazz

October 17thBig Band Event
October 18thJazz night with Jeriatric Jazz
October 24thAshford Organ Club (Middlesex)
November 2ndPrivate Function
November 8thPrivate Function (more details)

Jazz Event

December 1stPrivate Function
December 13thPrivate Function
December 17thPrivate Function
December 24thPrivate Function
Concerts in 2018
January 10thLincoln Electronic Organ and Keyboard Society
January 20thBelper & District Organ & Keyboard Club
February 20thBolton In Tune (BADEOS)
March 1stNorth Staffs Organ and Keyboard Club
April 9thNuneaton and District Organ Society
May 2ndGrimsby Keyboard & Electronic Organ Club
May 8thWithernsea Organ Society
July 5thWeston Organ and Keyboard Club
July 6thColchester Organ Society
September 24thDerby Organ and Keyboard Club
Concerts in 2019
March 12thCardiff Live Music Club (more details)

Dave has been invited back to our Club as his music is always enjoyed by our Members

July 10thEast London and Essex Electronic Keyboard Club
August 27thNorwich Electronic Organ and Keyboard Club