Hello, I'm Dave Brown: (Fiddle Player, Pianist, Composer and Arranger.)
Welcome to the new single page version of my website.
I started started playing Folk Music in the 1960s while in Primary School. My class teacher, John Burgess, was a Morris Dancer and Musician and inspired all the children in his class to dance, sing and to play. I was a member of the school's Morris Dance team, Maypole team and Country Dance team. A great introduction to English folklore.
At College (1972-75) I sang folk songs and began to develop an interest in fiddle music.
In 1975 I met John & Elvyn Blomfield and founded the band Wild Thyme. Over the next 19 years, Wild Thyme became one of Britain's best known English Country Dance Bands recording many collections of dance music.
Publishing: In the late 1980s, I founded Cotswold Music in order to publish our music and the music of friends and other musicians. In the 1990s this became DLBMUSIC. Many of my publications are still available as Kindle Books through Amazon. (See below)
I am now retired, but not from playing folk music. I've kept my connection to this style of music and dance by playing with a band we've formed here in France, Celtiqua, and by helping to organise a Traditional Social Folk-Dance club in a nearby village.
My Musical Catalogue
Over the years I have written many folk dance melodies. These can be downloaded as PDF files in 3 volumes by clicking on the following links.
I also made many arrangements of traditional Folk music and Dance material suitable for small bands and folk music ensembles. In this catalogue visitors will also find some song (SATB) arrangements and even a piano piece!
With various bands and groups I made many recording of folk dance music. Although all the CDs are now sold out some can be heard on YouTube or Spotify.
Others are available as MP3 Files by contacting me.
Bands and Musical Friends:
I have played with many bands and some great musicians over the years. Here are just some of the musicians (arranged in no particular order)
Many of the books I published as part of my publishing company, DLBMUSIC, are still available. Please follow each individual link to download a book.
Books from Other Authors:
These books were available from DLBMUSIC and can be downloaded here.