There is no place like Bon­av­ista for mu­si­cian Dave White and group

Singer to play home stage in tour of prov­ince with Fol­lett, Gam­bin and East

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Sports - BY JONATHAN PAR­SONS Jonathan.par­sons@thep­acket.ca Twit­ter: @je­j­par­sons

For mu­si­cian Dave White, there’s no place like home. And home for him is Bon­av­ista — where he grew up, first fell in love with mu­sic and be­gan play­ing with his buddies.

Now, as part of the “No Place Like Home Tour,” White, along with fel­low mu­si­cians Damien Fol­lett, Des Gam­bin and Carolina East, are tour­ing the re­gion and mak­ing mu­sic as part of a group.

An ac­com­plished singer and mu­si­cian with a solo self-ti­tled EP forth­com­ing, White told The Packet, while he now lives in St. John’s, it was through his fam­ily in Bon­av­ista he be­came in­volved in mu­sic.

“My fa­ther had me in­volved in mu­sic for as long as I can re­mem­ber,” he says. “Back then it was choir mu­sic and pi­ano mu­sic … I didn’t start play­ing gui­tar un­til I was about 15.”

White says he then played in high school bands and jammed with his friends, and by the time he finished univer­sity, mu­sic was just a pas­time for him.

How­ever, in 2005 White started play­ing gigs on Ge­orge Street as a favour to a friend.

“And I haven’t left since!” he laughs. White says he’s played about 400 gigs a year for 13 years.

The idea for the “No Place Like Home Tour” came when the quar­tet played at a Damien Fol­lett show this past Christ­mas in St. John’s. Hav­ing played to­gether and be­come close over the years, White says there was in­stant chem­istry.

“The har­monies as a fourpiece just re­ally hit home for a lot of peo­ple.”

From there, they de­cided to take the show on the road and fo­cus on each of their mu­si­cal of­fer­ings with mainly acous­tic in­stru­ments. The re­sult is a Fleet­wood Mac-style sound — or so they’re told.

“That’s quite a com­pli­ment for sure.”

White says, as a group, they can reach new au­di­ences and share their mu­sic far and wide.

As for the venues, he says it was re­ally im­por­tant to him to be able to bring the tour “home” in Bon­av­ista. While he plays solo or with a part­ner in Bon­av­ista quite of­ten, he hasn’t had a chance to grace the stage in his home­town since last sum­mer. He adds the rest of the group are ex­cited to get to play the Gar­rick Theatre, ei­ther based on past ex­pe­ri­ences or new cu­rios­ity.

With nearly 15 years of per­form­ing, White is thank­ful for all the sup­port he re­ceived from home over that time.

“Because of all that sup­port it’s made all of this pos­si­ble.”

White is also fi­nal­iz­ing his first solo stu­dio EP al­bum, ready to go for the be­gin­ning of the tour.

He calls the ex­pe­ri­ence ex­cit­ing, hav­ing writ­ten orig­i­nals and a cou­ple of the songs along­side his group­mate Fol­lett, with mu­si­cians in­clud­ing Carl Peters, Joey Hillier, Chad Mur­phy, Brad Hol­lett, Jim Kieley, Glen Pardy, Brett Hol­lett, Robert Kelly, and even he had Bon­av­ista’s Ja­son Shep­herd play gui­tar on one of the tracks.

“It’s good to have a home con­nec­tion there on the EP,” he says.

The first show of the tour is May 26 in Pla­cen­tia. The Bon­av­ista show is at the Gar­rick Theatre on Tues­day, May 29, and the show in Clarenville is at the Eastlink Events Cen­tre on June 20.

Fur­ther dates in­clude St. John’s on May 27, Car­bon­ear on May 30, Grand Falls-Wind­sor on June 18 and Gan­der on June 19.

Tick­ets are avail­able at the venue or by con­tact­ing www.face­book.com/no­place­like­home­tour.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Dave White, Damien Fol­lett, Des Gam­bin and 2018 ECMA nom­i­nee Carolina East.

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