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Damian Darlington

(Band Member) - Musical Director, guitar, lapsteel and vocals -

Damian Darlington was born in Middlesbrough, Teesside, in the North East of England.

He got first guitar for Christmas when I was 11 years old, a steel string acoustic. He had a few lessons at school, but didn’t really start playing seriously until he was 13.

From the age of 15 he was performing round pubs and clubs all around the North West of England with various bands playing all sorts of music (even some country and western with my father, Yee haw!) From 1985 onwards he played in an original material band for a few years called the Helicopters alongside other members of my large musical family (6 brothers and sisters and 5 of us are musicians) Round about the same time as this he studied music on a number of different courses and at different colleges for 4 years, finishing up at Salford University in 1991. Between 1991 and 1993 he played in another 2 original material bands, one called Voice and the other The Great Henry Ewels, again playing all over the Northwest of England and occasionally further afield.

In 1991 he spent 1 month playing a 6 nights a week residency with an acoustic guitar trio in the Naima Jazz club in Istanbul. During 1992/93 I sound engineered all over the UK in venues, theatres and night clubs for The New Sweet Sensation.

He joined the Australian Pink Floyd Show at the beginning of 1994 and over a period of almost 17 years he went on to play close to 1,300 shows all over the world in theatres, halls and arenas such as The Albert Hall, Wembley & O2 arenas in London, the Bell Centre in Montreal and the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles to name a few.

Over the last 10 years I’ve became increasingly interested in the visual production aspects of staging a rock concert and working with Bryan Kolupski have helped produce and direct all the video content for TAPFS shows. Working with my brother Gareth Darlington he also directed all the soundscape programming for the Aussie show. He acted as director for both TAPFS DVD releases and in 2007 he had the privilege of directing John Martyn’s Live at the Round House DVD.

In between the busy touring schedule he has developed an ensemble called Acoustic Unlimited which features my brother Gareth Darlington, my sister Johanna Darlington, Rob Stringer and Steve Gaffney my musical mentor. We play an eclectic mix of jazz, Celtic, classical and rock music including some of my own tunes. I’m hoping to go out on the road with that at some point; after all, man cannot live by Pink Floyd alone.

Damian Darlington has Lots of influences. Al di Meola, Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, Antonio Forcione, Mike Oldfield, Rush, Yes, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Gentle Giant, It Bites, Francis Dunnery, Tears for Fears, Be Bop Deluxe, The Eagles, Tori Amos, Joni Mitchell, Rickie Lee Jones, Billy Joel, Sting, The Police, John Mayer, Nickel Creek, Chris Thile, The Dixie Dreggs, Little Feat, John Martyn, Nick Drake.

Pink Floyd – The Wall. First Floyd album he ever heard when he was 14. Thought it was amazing then and still do.

Rush - Exit Stage Left. When he was learning to play electric guitar ge used play along to this album from beginning to end. Great guitar parts to learn and great fun playing them when you’re learning. Pat Metheny Group – Travels. Discovered Pat Metheny when I was 17. Just love him as a composer. Complex Jazz with accessible melody!

Tears for Fears – The Seeds of Love. he think this album is pretty much perfectly written and perfectly recorded. Used to listen to it over and over again when it first came out.

For all the gear anoraks, instruments wise he use a Fender Strat Plus Deluxe, an Ovation Custom Legend acoustic, a Variax Acoustic 700, a Variax Acoustic 300 Nylon and 2 Fouke Industrial Guitar lap steels, 1 tuned to Em and the other tuned to G.

For effects and amplification he use a Roland VG-8, a Roland VG-88, a Boss GT Pro, an Alesis DEQ-230 graphic, a BBE Acoustimax preamp for the acoustic instruments, a Rocktron Banshee talkbox and a pair of Roland VGA-7 amps.

For vocals he use an AKG D7 microphone and Ultimate Ears UE11 in ear monitors.

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