About David

About David

Crafter of songs, eternally distracted multi-instrumentalist, father, husband, cat person. Home is rural Suffolk, my roots are in the Derbyshire peaks, I’m slightly obsessed with the Isles of Scilly and the Scottish Islands.

I grew up in a Derbyshire brass band family and played cornet from about age 3.
 
Listening to heavy rock & metal in my teens I discovered I could play drums, so I did, but I wanted to write vocal/guitar songs too, so I taught myself guitar and got on with it.



Late ’90s I landed a record deal of sorts, made an album (Open Season), learned a lot about the industry and fell out with the label. 

Next came a collaboration with Essex singer-songwriter Sarah Springett that would last ten years, include the bands AloneMe and The Floe and cross paths with people like Nigel Stonier (Thea Gilmore, Mike Scott…), Mike Cave (The Charlatans, The Zutons…), Midge Ure, Paul Young, Ade Edmonson, Simon Gogerly, Bob Harris…



I went “full-time” as a producer of mostly other people’s songs in early 2011 and still consider myself very fortunate to make a living from doing what I love doing.

After a little break from writing, I quietly got back into it and independently released EPs in 2012 (Find Our Way Back Home), 2014 (The Sea) and 2015 (The Good Years), and an album (Away Away) in 2018. 

I’m still occasionally putting out songs, when I get time.

In early 2018 I started a new project in the form of ‘Bayfield Booth’ with Mat Bayfield (ex Broadside Boys). We wrote an album of songs, ran a succesful crowdfunder to pay for the album production and independently released it in June 2019. 

We released one further song in September 2019 – “Last Man” – which was Mat’s ‘on-purpose’ farewell. Mat finally succumbed to his brain tumour on 2nd October 2019.

p.s. I use my middle name because there are too many David Booths in the world.

Selected Discography:

*Kelly Bayfield – “Hitchhiker” single & forthcoming album: co-writing, recording, mixing, producing, drums, percussion, guitar, backing vocals.
*Drew Young – “Wondering Where This Will End” single: Recorded, mixed, produced, guitar, percussion, backing vocals.
*Richard Townend & The Mighty Bosscats – “Ticket To Memphis“, “God Bless America”, “Goldfever”, “Bossman”, “Boiling Pot”, “7 Deadly Sins” albums: recorded, mixed, co-produced, percussion.
*Terence Blacker – “Playing For Time” & “Sometimes Your Face Don’t Fit” albums: recorded, mixed, co-produced, percussion, bass, backing vocals.
*Jake Aldridge – Vocal production on “Partners In Crime” and “King Of The World” singles. Acoustic guitar & production on the acoustic versions.
*Kev Walford – “Americanarama” album: recorded, mixed, produced, drums & percussion, mandolin, tenor guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, backing vocals. Lead vocals on “Tennessee Williams”. Co-wrote “My My My”.
*Selina Hawker – “Trance“, “Superficial Boy”, “Counting The Stars” & “Memories Fade”: recorded, mixed, produced, drums, percussion, guitar.
*Jess Simmons – “Anyone”, “Mountain, “Fell To The Ground” & other singles, “Are You Lost In The World Like Me?” EP: recorded, mixed, produced, drums & percussion, guitars, bass guitar.
*Kev Walford & Kelly Bayfield (Pritchard) -“Walkin” album & “Acoustic Sessions #2”: recorded, mixed, co-produced, drums & percussion, mandolin, slide guitar, bass guitar, backing vocals.
*Louis de Bernieres with The Bookshop Band – “The Songs of Louis de Bernieres vol 1” album: percussion, drums, extra engineering & mix consultation during final production stages.
*Tom Parkes – “On The Loose” and “Stranger in Town” albums: recorded, mixed, co-produced, drums & percussion, backing vocals.
*Tony Winn – “Push & Pull” album: recorded, mixed, co-produced, drums & percussion, backing vocals.
*Roisin O’Hagan – “Blue & Grey” EP: recorded, mixed, co-produced, drums & percussion, guitars, bass guitar, mandolin.
*”Guardian Angels The Musical – Original Cast Recording“: recorded, mixed, co-produced, drums & percussion, guitars, bass guitar.
*”Sanditon – The Musical“: co-writer.
*Fern Teather – “Hiding In The Dark” album: recorded, mixed, co-produced, drums & percussion, guitars, backing vocals, mandolin, keys, bass.
*Abi Moore – “Amoeba & Stone” album: recorded, mixed, co-produced, drums & percussion, guitars. “Live In Lincolnshire” album. Live band – drums, backing vocals, guitar. Studio – edit & mix.
*Suffolk Acoustic Showcase – “BBC Radio Suffolk Sessions” compilation album: recorded, mixed, produced.
*Elephant In The Room – “Difficult Second Album” & “Songs About…” albums: recorded, mixed & mastered, drums, guitar, mandolin, backing vocals.
*Songs From The Blue House“IV” and “Live” albums: recorded, mixed, co-produced, drums & percussion.
*Red Sky July – “Live At Little Rabbit Barn” album: edited, mixed & mastered.
*Anna Coogan and Daniele Fiaschi – “Live At Little Rabbit Barn” album: edited, mixed & mastered.
*BHST (Berkley Hart Selis Twang) – “Live At Little Rabbit Barn”: Live sound & recording.
*Tinderbox – “Live At The Cottage” album: recorded, edited, mixed & mastered.
*Stephen William Hodd – “Live At The Cottage” album: recorded, edited, mixed & mastered.

Albums/singles as featured artist & songwriter:
*David Booth – “Open Season” (2000): writer, guitars, vocals.
*Springett Booth – “Because” (2001): co-writer, co-producer, guitars, vocals, drums.
*AloneMe – “Target Practice” (2003): co-writer, co-producer, guitars, vocals.
*AloneMe – “Blurred Words” (2004): co-writer, co-producer, guitars, vocals.
*AloneMe – “Paperlake” (2005): co-writer, co-producer, guitars, vocals.
*AloneMe – “Live” (2006): co-writer, co-producer, guitars, vocals.
*AloneMe – “Sketch” (2007): co-writer, guitars, vocals.
*The Floe – “No Looking Back” (2010): recorded, co-writer, co-producer, guitars, vocals.
*David Booth – “XI:XV” compilation consisting of three releases – “Find Our Way Back Home” (2012); “By The Sea EP” (2014); The Good Years (2015): recorded, produced, mixed, writer, guitars, vocals, drums & percussion.
*Bayfield Booth – “Magic Man / Hold On Tight” charity single (2018): recorded, produced, mixed, co-writer, guitars, backing vocals, percussion.
*David Edward Booth – “Away Away” (2018): recorded, produced, mixed, mastered, writer, guitars, bass, keys, vocals, drums, percussion.
*Bayfield Booth – “A New Way On” album and “Last Man” single (2019): produced, mixed, co-writer, guitars, vocals, drums & percussion.
*David Edward Booth – “My Friend Who Brought Me In” single (2020): recorded, produced, mixed, mastered, writer, guitar, tenor guitar, piano, vocals.