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