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David Robinson

Biography

Since arriving in Adelaide, South Australia as a young English immigrant, David has had music on his mind. Inspired by a love of The Beatles, he first picked up a guitar sometime towards the tail-end of the last century. David has entertained audiences as a member of popular bands and, in more recent years, as a solo performer. He's played at most of Adelaide's well-known music venues, including The Governor Hindmarsh (concert venue and front bar), SA Folk Centre and The Grace Emily. In 2012 and 2013, David appeared as the official Onboard Performer on Great Southern Rail’s Ghan, Indian Pacific and Overland trains. He has supported internationally-renowned acts such as (then) German-based Ronnie Taheny and Irish singer-songwriter Andy White. David has also appeared as an actor and musician in four Adelaide Fringe Festivals and performed at the official Bicentennial celebrations in 1988.

In 2013 David was a joint winner of the SCALA Festival of Original Music live section with his song Is There Something Wrong With Me? He was also the winner of the 'Working Life' section of the 1997 SCALA Songwriters Event with his composition Monday Bloody Monday.

“David Robinson is a storyteller – Dylan meets Oasis...” Brett Monten, The Adelaide Show podcast

Possessing an almost all-consuming desire to perform, David plays relentlessly, wherever and whenever gigs are available. Most years, David plays somewhere in the region of 150 shows. As well as having performed in five Australian states and territories, David played shows in England in 2010 and 2013. He has appeared on more than 20 CDs and has enjoyed airplay across Australia and beyond.

David's performances feature songs penned by himself as well as his own take on other people's compositions.
Combining wit and wordplay with a healthy mix of social and political engagement, David's songs provide plenty to think about. The lyrical depth is matched by strong melodies and memorable choruses; the songs will stay in the mind of the listener.

David presents his passionate and entertaining original songs to enthusiastic audiences whenever he hears the call. His music is genre-defying; David’s performances happily roam across pop, folk, country, punk and blues territories.

"David Robinson is an emotive songwriter, writing compact and personal lyrics, capturing the essence of his world. The music makes you want to dance, but has an edge that draws you to the words." Richard H Fox, WCUW FM, Worcester, Massachusetts

Get some David Robinson in your life.