Dave Ferra

Blues, Spirituals and Ragtime

NEW CD "LIES AND GIN" WAS MADE PICK OF THE MONTH BY THE IBBA. Use the contact page to request a copy.

LIES AND GIN REVIEW on www.bluesmagazine.nl by Iain Patience

Dave Ferra is an English acoustic bluesman with a positive flair and grasp of the tradition that shines through on each successive track in this thirteen-track offering. Around half of the album is self-penned by Ferra, with the addition of covers of John Newton’s Too Many Dirty Dishes, a song made famous by the late Albert Collins and Tab Benoit over the years, Johnny Shines’ Down In Spirit, and the much covered, Sell My Monkey.

The picking is fine, clear and full of Piedmont-style touches and flourishes with occasional slide-work rippling through. Ferra adds some  neat electric chops from time to time and finely pitched harp-work to the mix while his gritty vocals hold the whole thing together well. Sell My Monkey, the closing track, includes some quality sax, from Dougie Woodison, and punches along at a fast clip  bringing the whole project to a satisfying overall feeling.

The third release I’m aware of from Ferra, ‘Lies & Gin’ is an excellently conceived and delivered album with more than enough quality to keep most lovers of the traditional, acoustic country-blues end of the spectrum happy. An album well worth discovering from a guy worth watching.

"Last night he demonstrated that he is an absolute master guitarist and singer too. Combine those attributes with his abilities to lead a band and you have the perfect 'front man'....They then proceeded to lead us through a masterclass in, what many described as, pure blues. Two sets of beautifully played originals (largely from Dave's new album 'Lies and Gin') and covers interspersed by Dave's humorous introductions had the audience 'chair dancing', smiling and singing along as they were entertained. And there's the important word - Dave is fully aware that people come out not just to listen, but to have a good time. And a good time they had!" - Richard Dunning, The Tuesday Night Music Club.

" ..an entertaining acoustic set from Dave Ferra. His accomplished rack harp, fingerpicking and slide interspersed with a gentle, self -depricating commentary worked well in an intimate setting." - Blues in Britain, Review of The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival

"Wonderful stuff...Great man, great voice, great everything!" - Doug Welch, BBC Radio Kent

"Acoustic Bluesman par excellence" - Blues Matters

“a wonderful acoustic album….oozing quality and style”– Blues in the South

“great guitar and spot on for style” – Blues in Britain

“Fabulous night; Best this year. Dave had a fantastic rapport with the audience and the whole group transmitted a convivial atmosphere. Well done and thanks for bringing them to Deal – Phil Healey (Audience member at Spooner’s Blues Club)

Blues, Spirituals and ragtimes with guitar, slide and rack harmonica. Playing in England and the Continent he has supported The Blues Band, Kirk Fletcher, Paul Lamb, Babajack, Nine Below Zero, Billy Walton and The Spikedrivers amongst others and is a regular at London's Ain't nothin but the Blues Bar. 

Thanks to Anton French at Campaign Films for the video.