David Clifton

After a childhood filled with music as a choral scholar at Peterborough Cathedral, and studies in ceramics and education at college, David signed first to Red Bus/EMI music, then to PVK records with soul/folk singer Harvey Morgan in Indian Summer. An invitation to join Indie Rock band The Sensible Jerseys resulted in a move to London. The band were championed by broadcasting legend John Peel, and signed with Virgin records. David went on to play for WEA singer songwriter Tanita Tikaram, recording and touring Europe and the USA with her. This was followed by European tours, radio, TV and promotion work playing guitar with the Irish jazz/blues artist Mary Coughlan.

In the early 1990′s he worked with EMI Artist Steve Booker, recording a BASF award winning CD with him and touring extensively throughout Europe, opening for acts such as Bob Geldof, Suzanne Vega, Clannad, Steve Earle and the Dukes amongst others.

While working on this project, David was introduced to Steve’s producer, Andy Piercy, former lead singer of After The Fire. They began writing contemporary sacred music together and working in the music team at their local church, Holy Trinity Brompton. When not busy with music and production projects, they began meeting at Andy’s flat in Notting Hill Gate, to write, record and produce new songs. This resulted in two ground-breaking albums of their time;  ‘Praise God from whom all blessings flow’ and ‘Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs.’

During the 90′s and early 2000 he recorded and toured with Virgin Records artist Julia Fordham, playing Japan, the Far East, Europe and the USA, touring with Sarah McLachlan on the Lilleth Fair events, and playing opening dates on Sheryl Crow’s world tour.

More recently he has been writing and recording his own projects, and working on the electronica albums Pulse and Flight with Mr. Don in South Devon. The rustic surroundings of a 16th century barn studio in Surrey were the location for writing and recording with Grammy award winning producer Kipper for the new album from Esther Alexander, Long Way Home. Late 2011 saw the completion of his first Hollywood film soundtrack, and currently he is working on songs for a series acoustic folk EP’s, which will be followed by an album in 2013. Songwriting trips to Nashville have given birth to new material co-written with Phil Keaggy and Phil Madeira, and in downtime he is learning Appalachian claw-hammer banjo with East Tennessee’s very own banjo genius Matt Morelock.

Session work over the years has included work for artists such as Madness, Micky Hart, Pele, Paul Heaton (Beautiful South), Helen Watson, Delirious (Cutting Edge 1), Matt Redman, Chris de Burgh, Robin Mark, Graham Kendrick and Kim Hill amongst many others.

Two new recording projects are underway, one being produced by Scott Minor at his vintage studio using restored vintage tape and outboard effects equipment, a Neve desk, and utilising CLASP recording technology. This will showcase his new acoustic/folk/band songs . The second was recorded live at 5th Avenue in Knoxville with Will Reagan co-producing and engineering, and is filled with modern Liturgical sacred music. Overdubs and edits are taking place during the winter of 2014 and will continue through early 2015  before a Spring release.

Albums by David Clifton

In The Bleak Midwinter / 1st December 2013

This new version of In The Bleak Midwinter has been created for the Radio WFIV i105.3 charity Christmas release, Homegrown For The Holidays. All funds raised from the album, including this special release, are given to the Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries which works with the homeless community and local people who need assistance in the East Tennessee region. KARMS is based in Knoxville, TN USA.

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Old Sea Road / 1st September 2012

David Clifton returns to his folk roots on this five track EP, which is also available in limited edition CD format as well as digital download.

Between The Lines

The title song, Old Sea Road, co-written with Phil Baggaley, celebrates a lively traditional music pub in Galway, Ireland. "We both visited Galway at different times; Phil whilst on holiday, and I walked this very road one afternoon when on tour playing for Mary Coughlan". Places such as this often become the centre of thriving neighbourhoods, and this song is the story-telling and imagining of what it might have represented, many years ago, for some of inhabitants of this sea-faring town. 21st Century Song is a nod to the tendency of contemporary life to diminish the most important things; family, friends and relationships. Way On Home began an early folk song; the verse was first featured on the City of Gold album. Here it is in its original form, updated and re-written - with a nod to East Tennessee's Smoky Mountains. The Water Is Wide is a new arrangement of the traditional English Somerset folk song, and Welcome Home is a mandolin folk instrumental, originally recorded in north London with Helen O'Hara.

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David Clifton - vocal, guitar, mandolin & mandola
Helen O'Hara - violin
David Fitzgerald - whistle

Recorded by

Trevor Reddick at Audio Matters, Kodak, Tennessee

Mixed by

Ben McAmis and Trevor Reddick

Mastered by

Richard Dodd, Nashville, Tennessee

Published by

Little Room Music/IQ Music, administered in the USA by Wixen Music.

Artwork & design

David Clifton

Text layout

Michael Vinson, Image Matters, Knoxville, Tennessee

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Flight / (with Mr. Don) 2008

Flight is the second electronica album collaboration with Mr. Don. This is another fusion of beats, grooves, percussion, analogue and digital keyboards, organ, featured guitars, ambient guitar, kaoss pad guitar treatments and distressed guitar loops.

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Pulse / (with Mr. Don) 2005

The first electronica album collaboration recorded with Mr. Don in the heart of the South Devonshire countryside. Sampled guitars, analogue keyboards, loops, grooves and manipulated sound textures. This is a double CD length album.

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Seeds of Hope and Love / 2005

An album of sacred and spiritual songs, with lyrics inspired by and drawn from Scripture. Recorded in London during 2005. Paul Evans: Drums. James Gregory: Bass Guitar. Mark Edwards: Hammond B3: David Clifton: Vocals, Guitars and Mandolins. Produced by Julian Kindred. Mixed by Jon Kelly.  . Released through Integrity/Provident in the UK and Europe, and distributed by Proper Distribution. Also released in Canada.

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Christmas Carols & Songs / 2003

This recording is the fulfillment of a long held vision to combine a band, cathedral choir, orchestra and soloists in a celebration favourite Christmas carols and songs. Featuring the choirs of Peterborough Cathedral and Canadian singer songwriter Jane Siberry, as well as some of England's finest orchestral and rock/jazz musicians. Recorded in London and Peterborough Cathedral. Produced by Mark Russell and David Clifton. Mixed by Jon Kelly. Please go to the Ikos page for more information about this recording.

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What Jesus Would Have Done / 2008

The second Radio Single from the album Seeds Of Hope And Love.

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There is a Green Hill / 2007

The first Radio Single from the album Seeds Of Hope And Love.

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Saviour / 2006

The third Radio Single from the album Seeds Of Hope And Love. Written with Gary Sadler and John Hartley in Nashville.

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City Of Gold / 1997

Co-written with Phil Baggaley, Ian Blythe and featuring the poetry of Adrian Plass, this inspirational recording has found a place in the hearts of over 70,000 people around the world. It is a unique album of music, poetry, prose and songs and explores perceptions of heaven, the reality of pain, separation, loss of life and loved ones, and points toward the hope-filled promise of new life in the joy of new creation. Lead vocalists Mal Pope and Julie Costello deliver passionate and heartfelt performances throughout. You can read some of the moving reviews and testimonials here on the www.amazon.com website.

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Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs / 1996

For full details of this release, please view the album on the Andy Piercy and David Clifton homepage.

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Praise God From Who All Blessings Flow / 1994

For full details of this release, please view the album on the Andy Piercy and David Clifton homepage.

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