“Dave plays like he got his skin turned inside out and pretty soon my skin was inside out too listening and it was all good. That boy bleeds for you – he a real down deep player and a soul man…” SEASICK STEVE

Scottish alternative blues (alt.blues) guitarist & songwriter Dave Arcari’s alt.blues sounds owe as much to trash country, punk and rockabilly as they do pre-war Delta blues and have been showcased via ten internationally-acclaimed solo album releases.

A series of shows with folks including Steve Earle, Alabama 3, Seasick Steve, Toby Keith and Jon Spencer along with his relentless UK and European tour schedule have established Arcari as a formidable international solo performer who is fast building a media reputation as a ‘hell-raising National guitar madman’.

In between times, Arcari also played guitar with Union Avenue – an oddball collective playing least expected covers (think The Clash, Pink Floyd, Undertones, Bob Marley) in a late 50’s/Sun Records-era Cash style. The band landed record of the week on Mark Radcliffe’s Radio 1 show with their version of Motorhead’s Ace of Spades.


1 – What is your earliest memory of music in your life?

Hearing Johnny Cash’s 25 Minutes to Go at my parent’s friends’ house when I was a toddler….


2 – What album influenced you or your style the most?

Blind Willie Johnson – Soul of a Man


3 – What piece or performance are you most proud of to date?

Jeez, hard one – probably my upcoming live album (Live at Memorial Hall – 2 x 180g coloured vinyl, digipak CD, download etc etc) coming on 1 September 2017