American song-writer David Berkeley is a masterful storyteller. He has an unforgettable baritone and an uncanny way of engaging with his audience, his humble and heartfelt songs connect at a deeper level and leave a lasting impression.
On his latest album ‘The Fire in My Head‘ he delves deeper than he has ever done before. A move with his wife and two young sons to Santa Fe left him feeling overwhelmed and vulnerable with the “palette of reds and browns, the endless open sky, and the frightening lack of water in his new high desert surroundings.” That vulnerability materialises in his songs which touch on our own mortality as well as the enduring and redemptive power of love.
This is one of his most powerfully moving releases to date making the title The Fire in My Head all the more lucid. We’re very pleased to be able to offer you the video première for one of the most compelling songs on this album ‘Shelter’:
David is also an author having released a memoir called 140 Goats and a Guitar, which accompanied his last album Some Kind of Cure. It was written whilst he was living in a remote village of 35 people on the island of Corsica.
“I’m fascinated by the relationship between stories and songs,” Berkeley explains. “What experiences make for a good story? And what is only expressible in song?” It’s a question he’s exploring now as he writes his second book, a fictional set of interweaving short stories called The Free Brontosaurus. In fact, the song ‘Shelter‘ also has a literary link as it was written at the request of New York Times best-selling author Harlan Coben, who asked Berkeley to write a song based on his new novel. Coben has been using the song in the international promotional campaign for his book.
There is no question of that David has an enormous talent and you now have the chance of watching him live as he is touring the UK during June / July 2014. See the dates below:
18 Remscheid, Germany Saxo Bar*
19 Amsterdam Pllek*
20 IJlst, Netherlands HuiskamerXL*
21 Oss, Netherlands Peppermint (Afternoon)*
21 Vlierden, Netherlands House Concert (Evening)*
22 Breda, Netherlands Mezz (Afternoon)*
22 Westelbeers, Netherlands Cultuurboerderij (Evening)*
23 Eindhoven, Netherlands Meneer Frits*
24 Paris Le Gibus Café*
UK TOUR DATES
25 London The Slaughtered Lamb
26 Nottingham The Maze
27 York Private House Concert
28 Leeds Seven Arts
29 Kirton in Lindsey, Lincs. Diamond Jubilee Town Hall
30 Shrewsbury Henry Tudor House
02 Southport Grateful Fred’s @ The Atkinson
03 Glencarse, nr. Perth The Byre at Inchyra
04 Easton, Suffolk Maverick Festival 2014
05 Easton, Suffolk Maverick Festival 2014
06 Birmingham Kitchen Garden Café
*David Berkeley & Robby Hecht only