Beyond a Song: Dave Greaves

Beyond a Song host Rich Reardin interviews with the late, great English singer/songwriter Dave Greaves. In the ’70’s, during the heyday of English folk and rock music, musician/singer- songwriter Dave Greaves toured with many top artists including Sandy Denny and John Martyn and had deals with Island Music, EMI Music, Demon Records, Black Bear Records (The Stops) and Pye Records (Cheap Thrills). Dave was also one of the few artists who shared billing with Nick Drake during this time.

Dave’s CV includes being a founder-member of The Hull Truck Theatre Company, playing electric guitar with many R&B soul outfits from The States including Johnny Johnson and the Bandwagon as well as performing with his brother group MG Greaves And The Lonesome Too. Dave has also been electric guitarist on UK tours for Emmy winning, Texas Music Awards “Singer-Songwriter Of The Year” Bob Cheevers who was a show opener on what was to be Johnny Cash’s final tour.

Most of Dave’s songs are from personal experiences telling poignant stories in his own very special language of the heart. Perfectly thought out guitar parts along with a smoldering (and as he puts it) gin-soaked voice set Dave Greaves apart from other world-class musician/songwriters from both “back in the day” and today. “He’s as real as it gets and utterly convincing”.

Originally from Hull, England, unfortunately in July,2022 Dave Greaves passed away with his wife and family after a long illness in Scarborough, England. His song catalogue is filled with compositions that are pertinent, stunning and timeless.