About David Harley

[Updated 18th March 2020]

I’m David Harley, a Shropshire Lad by birth, though I’ve spent longer living outside the county than in it. I now live in the West Country and not in great health, so this blog will now be receiving only the barest minimum of maintenance.

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I’m now more or less retired from the security business, so spending more time on music than I did, but prioritizing my own music and writing.

To my slight bewilderment, there is a Wikipedia article about me here, but it’s mostly about my daytime job(s) in IT security. However, I did play guitar for a living long ago, and never quite grew out of it. In the early 1970s I played with a number of bands in Wales and the Midlands, and worked as a duo with Sally Stevenson (now Sally Goddard) who is still giving it some welly with the Canadian band Atlantic Union. In the later 70s and 80s I worked with various bands and artists including Kathy Bowen-Jones, Nick Warman (as a trio we called ourselves the Flying Piglets), Lyn (Anna) Thompson, Don MacLeod, and poet and songwriter Bernard Puckett. There are some miscellaneous recordings (mostly from the 80s) on Soundcloud and on a blog site imaginatively called David Harley Songs, which includes some more recent demo recordings, though at the moment most of my energy is going into my Cornwall-centric Wheal Alice Music blog.

In recent years I’ve been much more engaged with songwriting than with performing (as a guitarist or as a singer), but I do inflict myself occasionally on audiences around Shropshire and Cornwall. Sometimes solo, sometimes with ceilidh bands (most recently with Commoners Mock), sometimes (but not nearly often enough) with the fine American singer Ann Gray.

As a soloist, I tend to play my own material (on acoustic and electric guitars) with a leavening of blues, especially bottleneck. I have been known to play other instruments, but only in bands or in the studio.

If you want to know about me and Small Blue-Green World (though I’m not sure why…), my personal site is here and my business site is here.

My main blog now is more Cornwall- and music-centric: Wheal Alice Music

You’re welcome to mail me via the contact form, but I don’t promise a speedy reply.

David Harley

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