ACOUSTIC folk may not be the music you would expect to hear from rock band front man Dave McPherson but that is what you will get if you go to a gig on his solo tour ‘Love Rats’.
Dave, who started his music career as part of rock band InMe, will be playing at Club Revolution in Peterborough on January 20 and The Maze in Nottingham on January 23.
He said: “I’ve played at Peterborough a few times before with InMe and I’ve played at Nottingham loads, it’s like the capital of rock and there are always great crowds. It will be nice to play there, Nottingham always has us back.
“The solo stuff is just a natural progression that’s developed.
“And doing acoustic folk gives me the chance to play at more festivals because InMe gets put in a certain bracket.”
This will be the last solo tour that Dave is planning for at least the next twelve months as the band will be touring together again soon.
But Dave likes to keep busy and has no plans to give up either his band or solo career, which he hopes will lead to him being known as Dave McPherson, rather than Dave McPherson from InMe.
He said: “Whenever the band wasn’t on the road I didn’t really have much to do. I didn’t want to go and get a job, after all I’m pretty unemployable. Whenever the band wasn’t busy I wanted to get back out on the road.
“InMe has given me the pedestal to get out there and do solo shows, it’s a necessary evil.
“But I’m trying to establish myself as a stand-alone artist.”
In 2010 Dave played 189 gigs and last year he played 152 including several charity gigs, which he tries to fit in each year. For 2012 he is aiming to complete 200.
Nearly every aspect of Dave’s solo work is different from being with the band and although he enjoys it he feels the pressure of having responsibility for everything that happens at the show.
He said: “It’s just me and if I’m feeling a bit quieter in a day I have to bury that, I’m there to entertain people.
“The audience at my solo tour can expect a very emotionally charged set. I try to lose myself as much as possible in the music.”
In between each song Dave also likes to get the audience involved with banter or singing along.
He added: “I try to make sure they enjoy themselves. I even have a go at requests if I know the song.”
To find out more go to davemcphersonsolo.co.uk or to buy his music go to www.pledgemusic.com, which helps raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.
This week’s Grantham gigs
- Yvonne Yates at The Loft
- Shaun James at The Nobody Inn
- OAK at The Loft