Sunday, March 2, 2014

Album Release Party for the Laud Album

Album Release Party for the Laud Album
Thursday March 13, Doors at 7:00PM Show at 8:00PM
Whistler's Grille & The McNeil Room (upstairs)
995 Broadview Ave., Toronto, ON, M4K 2S1
Album download cards and t shirts will be available
Tickets $10 at the door

Monday, February 10, 2014

David Barrett The Laud Album

I have a new acoustic album featuring an instrument called the laud, it's also know as a Portuguese 12 string. The Laud Album is comprised of 11 solo tunes, some older ones from previous records, and some brand new compositions, most of which were written on the instrument in open tunings. 
Thanks to Paul Reid at HotHouse Creative Inc. for the awesome album art and Adrian Berkovits at Smoothwater Sound for mastering. It's one of my favorite instruments and a key songwriting tool for DB3, hope you like the minimalist nature of this album, it was recorded in one day in December of last year!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Dagmar Custom Guitars - Jane

A couple years ago, the brilliant Canadian luthier Pete Swanson and I had a discussion about guitars and the type of qualities I’d like to see in a simpler Dagmar design, including a Gibson scale, alnico humbucking pick ups, and a wrap around bridge. A year later Pete and I met up and he gave me his latest design to try, I absolutely loved it! 

It’s body and neck are hollow, and an awesome solid off white colour, there’s a carbon fiber truss rod that was given to Pete by J.B. Allred by way of a recommendation from the hugely innovative Ken Parker (Parker guitars). According to Pete, the neck is indestructible. The pick ups are outstanding, I’ve always preferred alnico magnets, and these are signature Phil X pick ups, PX3 (neck) and PX8 (bridge), they sound amazing and interestingly Phil put them in the mail an hour after he found out he got the Bon Jovi gig, he was on a plane right after that!

The mahogany neck was carved from a piece of wood that washed up on the shore of the Niagara River, and found by Pete’s late dog Demona before he was a builder. The back and rim is made from an old maple kitchen table, and the top is carved maple from a tree that was struck by lightning. Apparently there was just enough wood to use for the size of the guitar with almost none left to spare.

This is without a doubt the most original guitar I have owned, and it sounds absolutely monstrous, Pete has tweaked the neck and made the action ideal for my playing needs, it’s strung with D’Addario EXL 110 Regular Light. The guitar also features chrome Schaller tuners and chicken head volume and tone knobs in keeping with some of the other classic Dagmar guitars, it’s also what Les Paul had on his original guitar “The Log”.

My 1968 Gibson ES 175 isn’t retired but I’ve been looking for something like this for years to be my main guitar, much like Lindsey Buckingham’s instantly identifiable Turner guitar, I’ve found it with the Dagmar “Jane”. 
Thanks Pete!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Lost solo album, The Atomsmasher’s Noisy Trade

The Atomsmasher's Noisy Trade. the lost David Barrett soundscape album from 2003, has just been mysteriously added to iTunes after a decade (albeit with incorrect bio). It was an interesting record and a return to guitar music for me...and great album art by Bill Douglas!
The Atomsmasher's Noisy Trade available on iTunes"

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Philippines Benefit w/Saga

David Barrett Trio will be taking part in a benefit for the Philippines organized by Michael Sadler of Saga, DB3 will be playing along with Saga, Gowan, Jacob Moon and many others, at The Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto Dec. 12, doors at 7pm, show at 8pm, admission is $20 and goes to Doctors Without Borders. DB3 will donate 100% of our CD sales that night. This is going to be a great event, please watch here for more updates.

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Borne from the mind of guitarist / composer David Barrett and at the behest of friend, mentor and Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson, The David Barrett Trio was formed in the early summer of 2010. Drawing from a catalog of well over 40 new compositions intended for the trio – including bassist Jason Farrar and percussionist Sascha Tukatsch, they began fleshing out the music for an instrumental progressive rock trio in July 2010. Demoing and tweaking the material throughout the summer and early fall of 2010 led to an invitation to debut the work in progress at Toronto’s Gibson Guitar Artist Showroom. The trio used this invitation as a milestone in their preparation for the eventual recordings.

During a brief touring, acting (yes, Alex plays a Scottish doctor in the sequel to the smash hit Trainspotting) and writing hiatus, producer Alex Lifeson scheduled the first of several intended recording sessions in early December of 2010. Manning the console for these sessions would be renown recording and mix engineer Richard Chycki ( Rush, Dream Theater ). Three songs were mixed from the first sessions – the aggressive Hollowbody, the multidimensional Sonar, and the melancholy Disappearance. David Barrett Trio’s first three singles Hollowbody, Sonar, and Disappearance are now available for download on iTunes and all other digital distributors.

As a result from all the attention these three instrumentals generated, David has become an endorsing artist for Pigtronix Futuristic Analog Technology, Mack Amps, and d’Addario Canada, as well as a product tester for Gibson Guitars. Alex Lifeson’s famous Gibson double neck guitar was on loan to David for the last couple of years, and can be heard all over the trios recordings.

A photo session with HotHouse photographer Paul Reid has produced the Yousuf Karsh influenced images that effectively portray the trio and their unique style. Already Reid’s pictures of Barrett have been published in international guitar magazines such as Premier Guitar, and the trio has already received stellar reviews in publications, such as Prog Rock Magazine.

In May of 2012 David Barrett Trio was asked to participate in an all day Alan Parsons Master Class recording workshop at Noble Street Studios in Toronto, in which they were the band being engineered and produced by Alan Parsons himself. The result was the epic song Belmonte, the only DB3 tune to feature vocals. The vocals were done by none other than the bands photographer and album artwork designer, Paul Reid.

The members of the The David Barrett Trio have a well established history and a portfolio of international touring and recording – experiences that translate well, both on and off stage. In Toronto, DB3 has played a year long residency at the prestigious Orbit Room (coincidentally owned by Alex Lifeson), headlined at larger concert venues such as Mod Club Theatre, and opened for prog rock legends Saga, to a sold out crowd at The Sound Academy.

David Barrett Trio’s self titled debut album has been completed as of the autumn of 2012, containing tracks produced by Alex Lifeson, Alan Parsons and Richard Chycki. The album will be released in the winter of 2013.

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