Crafter of songs, eternally distracted multi-instrumentalist, father, husband, trainee yogi. Home rural Suffolk, roots Derbyshire peaks, slightly obsessed with small islands and all things Scottish Gaelic despite having no obvious reason. Grew up in a Derbyshire brass band family and played cornet from about age 3. Listening to heavy rock & metal in my teens I discovered I could play drums, so I did, but I wanted to write vocal/guitar songs too, so I taught myself guitar and got on with it. Late '90s I landed a record deal of sorts, made an album called Open Season, learned a lot about the industry and fell out with the label. Next came a collaboration with Essex singer-songwriter Sarah Springett that would last ten years, include the bands AloneMe and The Floe and cross paths with Nigel Stonier (Thea Gilmore, Mike Scott...), Mike Cave (The Charlatans, The Zutons...), Midge Ure, Paul Young, Ade Edmonson, Simon Gogerly, Bob Harris and more. After a much-needed break from the "industry", I quietly got back into it, started producing other artists full-time, but also independently released EPs of my own songs in 2012 (Find Our Way Back Home), 2014 (The Sea) and 2015 (The Good Years), and an album (Away Away) in 2018. In early 2018 I started a new project in the form of ‘Bayfield Booth’ with Mat Bayfield (ex Broadside Boys). We’ve written, crowdfunded and recorded an album of songs which will be released independently in May 2019.
David Edward Booth, Suffolk, March 2019.
p.s. I use my middle name because there are too many David Booths in the world.