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Who is David Robinson?
Talented, award-winning songwriter David
Robinson has a wealth of experience upon which he draws to make the most of his
musical adventures. Possessing an almost all-consuming desire to create and perform
plays relentlessly, wherever and whenever gigs are available. He began playing
to live audiences in the early 1980s as a member of various new wave and
pop/rock bands and has since evolved into a solo performer, presenting songs
written by himself and others in a powerful acoustic guitar-based setting. David
performs across Australia in city, suburban and rural settings; on tours, on the
great transcontinental trains, in pubs, clubs and halls, on stages at festivals,
fairs and benefits, anywhere he can. In 2014 David presented his passionate and
entertaining original songs at over 100 shows across five Australian states and
territories. His music is genre-defying; David's performances happily roam
across pop, folk, country, punk and blues territories.
your work as do the crowd”
big shout out to David Robinson, who played a wonderful set of acoustic
guitar-driven songs [...].
“David Robinson is a storyteller –
Dylan meets Oasis [...].”
“I have had
some fabulous feedback about your performance David. Thank you on behalf of Sturt FC
and be prepared for another call up”
indie pop/rock songs are a rare treat and classic influences of Oasis and The
Beatles shine through.”
“[All staff] spoke highly of your
professional entertaining performances, repertoire, your flexibility, easy going
nature and acceptance by your varied audience demographic”
“David is one of the best
songwriters going around who matches clever lyrics with catchy tunes.”
In 2015, 2016 and 2017 David performed at Bicycle SA's Dirty Weekend mountain biking festival, and also played to over 200 mountain bikers as part of the 2015 and 2107 15-day Outback Odyssey.
David celebrated Record Store Day for the third year in a row in 2017 with a performance at Mr V Music, Semaphore.
David's song 'Comfort Street' made the National Top 20 in the judging of the Songsalive!Australia 'The Song Comp' in early 2017 (pop category).
David made his third consecutive series of appearances at the Laura Folk Fair weekend in 2017.
Two of David's songs, 'Miles to Go' and 'Is There Something Wrong With Me?', were awarded "Commended" certification in the 2016 UK Songwriting Competition.
As front man and lead vocalist of the band PlanB, David toured the UK in 2016 and, as part of a 12-date tour, appeared at the Cambridge Rock Festival, the Retro Festival, Woodhorn Lane Festival and Lakefest. He also performed solo shows in Newcastle and Derby.
David played multiple shows for the third year in a row at Melrose Music Muster in 2016
David appeared twice at the 2015 Goodwood Gig 'n' Groove.
In October 2015 David performed at Adelaide's Future Transport Festival.
David appeared at the Nepal Benefit Gig held at the Governor Hindmarsh on May 12 2015. The concert made over $5000 which was donated via four charities to aid victims of the earthquake. Also included on the bill were Cal Williams Jr, Steve Pederson & Max Savage, Ben Searcy Trio, Spiral Dance, Sympathy Orchestra and Chris Finnen.
On 6 May 2015, David reached #1 on ReverbNation's South Australian Folk Chart, and remained there for two weeks; he peaked at #7 nationally.
Yours Truly (David's duo) completed an Australian tour in August-September 2014. The tour featured 22 shows in 28 days and covered five states and territories.
In 2013 David was one of the winners 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 - held at the Victor Harbor Folk Festival - with his composition 'Monday Bloody Monday'.
In 2012 and 2013 David appeared as the official onboard performer on Great Southern Rail’s Ghan, Indian Pacific and Overland trains.
David appeared on the Mr V Stage, Buskers Stage, Ambrosia Stage and at Semaphore Garden & Pets as part of the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Semaphore Music Festival.
As part of the international Armistice Pals project, David (along with Mary Webb and Emma Woolcock) performed 'Where Have All The Flowers Gone' on Three D Radio's Roots and Branches program on 14 November 2014.
He has appeared as an actor and musician in the Adelaide Fringe, initially in 1988 and again (as a musician) in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2016. He performed, with his band, in the Bicentennial Sound Shell as part of the 1988 bicentennial celebrations.
David performed at the 2012 and 2013 Balaklava Cup, and also played at the Sturt Football Club in July and September of 2013.
In 2013, David provided his musical services to the Save Our Brickworks benefit and also the Bringing Restoration Cancer Council charity concert. He has raised money via musical performance for the Hutt Street Centre, victims of the 2015 Nepal Earthquake, the Down Syndrome Society and CanTeen. He has also supported the Conservation Council of SA with his music.
As a member of the duo Yours Truly, David played at May Day celebrations in Sydney in 2012 and 2013, and also performed at the Benefit Concert for the Alistair Hulett Memorial Fund at the Adelaide Folk Centre.
David has supported internationally-renowned acts such as German-based Ronnie Taheny and Irish singer-songwriter Andy White.
David's song 'Shining Light' was included on the cover CD of the January-February 2014 issue of Rock 'n' Reel/R2 magazine (international publication). The song was performed by David's duo, Yours Truly.
He appeared at the Annual Tarlee Community Markets in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
David performed in the UK at the Derby Singer Songwriters’ Club in 2010, and played further shows in England in 2013 and 2016.
He has featured on 25+ CDs. Some of these have been compilations; others have been his own solo and band releases.
David features numerous times in the 2nd and subsequent editions of Who’s Who of Australian Rock!, compiled by Chris Spencer.
He has been a Writer Full Member of the Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA) since 1999 and served on the Board of the Songwriters, Composers and Lyricists Association (SCALA) from 2008-2012.
David’s poetry has been published in Spur, Write Away (Australia) and the Derbyshire Evening Telegraph (UK). His other writing has appeared in BSide Magazine, The Clothesline, The Adelaide Review, Rip it Up, Trad & Now, Infolkus, Modern Times, SCALA News, Australian Cyclist, Cycle, The Adelaide City Match Program and The Fix.