Dave Kelbie


John Etheridge “Sweet Chorus” performing at Fleet Jazz Club on 17th October 2017. John Etheridge – Guitar Christian Garrick – Violin Dave Kelbie- Guitar Andy Crowdy – Bass. Photograph courtesy of Michael Carrington from the Aldershot, Farnham & Fleet Camera Club.

Over the last 20 years DAVE KELBIE has been a prominent accompanist to many of the worlds leading jazz soloists and Gypsy musicians.  A self-taught guitarist, his first professional engagements were with the Belgian Gypsy guitarist, Fapy Lafertin. He promoted the first European tour in 1989 with Lafertin in the quartet Lejazz, a partnership that has lasted until recently, with CD releases on Lejazzetal Records including Swing Guitars and the acclaimed Hungaria, and with tours up to 2013. Through his alliance with Lafertin have come collaborations with musicians such as Hungarian violinist Roby Lakatos, Bireli Lagrene, and long standing professional partnerships with Tcha Limberger, Angelo Debarre, Lollo Meier, USA clarinetist Evan Christopher.  Charles Alexander says: “Dave Kelbie’s rhythm guitar is a joy in itself, firm but relaxed, clearly executed but never obtrusive.  Dave knows exactly the best chord voicing for every moment and will add spice with the occasional flourish or series of brisk arpeggios reminiscent of Eddie Lang.”