Deer Creek Coffeehouse welcomes Dave Nachmanoff
— From Davis, Calif., Dave Nachmanoff dreamed of working with singer-songwriter Al Stewart — think “Year of the Cat” and “Time Passages” — as a teenager.
He now tours as Stewart’s lead guitarist and accompanist, and often as his opening act, from venues as far ranging as the Royal Albert Hall in London to The Birchmere in Alexandria, Va.
But savvy residents of the area have a chance to see Nachmanoff perform live close to home at the Deer
Creek Coffeehouse at 1022 Main St. in Darlington at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
From performing with folk legend Libba Cotten (Freight Train) at the age of 9, to playing in a rock band with his two brothers, Nachmanoff went on to earn a doctorate degree in philosophy at UC Davis and slowly built a grassroots following touring all over the United States, Canada and Europe, both on his own and with Stewart. Nachmanoff’s visit here at our venue will be the first after his solo European tour.
His latest album, “Spinoza’s Dream,” set to be released May 6, is his dream coming true: a philosophically themed collection of new songs, featuring musicians who played on some of Stewart’s classic albums. His song “Descartes in Amsterdam” from his 2011 release “Step Up” was chosen for the Starbucks playlist in 2015.
Nationwide independent music consortium Just Plain Folks honored Nachmanoff with the 2001 Songwriter of the Year award, and he’s been recognized in three songwriting contests — the USA Songwriting Competition, the International Acoustic Music Awards and the Great American Song Contest.
Touring musician and lead guitarist for singer-songwriter Al Stewart, Dave Nachmanoff will perform live at Deer Creek Coffeehouse in Darlington on Friday, May 13.