Musician Dave Arcari welcomes the New Year with a gig near his home

Dave Arcari
Dave Arcari

After kicking off 2016 with shows at the Blues Kitchen, London and Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival, alt.blues troubadour Dave Arcari returns to his home on the banks of Loch Lomond for a show at Buchanan Memorial Hall (Milton of Buchanan, by Drymen) on Saturday, February 6.

Arcari ended 2015 with a month-long US tour (his second of the year) and a series of Scottish shows culminating with Glasgow on Ice in the city’s George Square.

And he can’t wait to play a ‘local’ show.

He said: “2015 was a hectic year for touring both in the UK and USA.

“It seems ages since I’ve been home even though I played at Balmaha’s Braw Weekend festival at the start of October, there’s a bunch of new songs that I’m keen to play for all our local pals and the old-school village hall at Milton of Buchanan is one of my favourite places to play.”

Edinburgh singer/songwriter and pal Lee Patterson will open the show.

In between tours and festival appearances Arcari has been busy at Chem19 studios with engineer/produced Paul Savage (Delgados) recording tracks for a series of new releases scheduled for early 2016.

They will do a series of limited edition vinyl EPs and digital downloads followed by a more traditional album release later in 2016.

Arcari has shared the stage with major artists including country/Americana legend Steve Earle, Toby Keith, the mighty Alabama 3, Seasick Steve and veteran blues-rocker Robin Trower.

A regular at UK and European festivals, Arcari cites recent highlights as Glastonbury; Moulin Blues Festival in Holland; Belgium’s Peer Festival (alongside Jeff Beck, Joe Bonamassa and Steve Winwood); BluesAlive in the Czech Republic and Poland.