Australian triple threat (singer, songwriter, guitar virtuoso) David Champagne makes his Halifax debut at The Carleton on Sunday, August 13th. Show time is 7 PM and, because it’s his first show in our fair city, admission is only $10 at the door. That’s a pretty good deal to discover an artist as extraordinary as this one.
The story goes that the young Australian singer, songwriter and one-of-a-kind guitar virtuoso first picked up his instrument of choice as a five-year-old following in the footsteps of a musical father. He began writing songs at 12, training classically throughout his teens and performing solo wherever he could, honing his craft and developing what would become the dynamite live show that he is renowned for today. At 18 he left school, turned professional and hit the road.
Since then, he’s traversed North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand and of course, his homeland Australia playing festivals like Vancouver and Mariposa Folk (Canada), Belgium’s Labadoux Festival and Australia’s Woodford, Falls Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival and the legendary Byron Bay Bluesfest while writing, producing and independently releasing two Eps, My Own Design (2009) and Wide Eyed and Open (2010), his first long player Pint of Mystery (2011) and the ‘Real Live’ offering in 2012. As one reviewer recently wrote, “still in his early twenties, the distances he has been would be more frequently associated with veterans of the Folk scene” (The Dwarf).
This globetrotting lifestyle would become the centerpiece of Daniel’s next recordings when in 2013, he undertook the ambitious task of delivering two stand-alone albums within the space of twelve months. The Gypsy Moon – Volumes I and II marked a great leap forward for him both as a songwriter and a recording artist, with Australia’s roots music bible Rhythms Magazine saying that ‘Champagne has gone a step further this time, it’s like he’s realized his own potential, his confidence is sky-high and he’s truly ready to explore.’ His latest, Fault Lines, was released in April 2017.
He’s now rightly regarded as a leading light in acoustic music, with a firm reputation for making festivals buzz, holding crowds in his palm, dropping jaws and breaking guitars wherever he goes. Daniel has recently relocated to North America where he continues his exciting career as an international touring and recording artist.