13 Dec 2015

Dave Arcari - Hebden Bridge Blues Festival 2012

The Hat can only describe Dave Arcari as a man who does not play blues for the faint-hearted. You really would want him on your side in a Guitar Street Battle. Although off-stage he is a sweet and charming man, on stage H.G.Wells intervenes and he turns into a roaring and towering, spectacularly talented raw blues musicman.

With the occasional beer in hand and an intimidating head-on engagement with his captured audience, this is exciting music. Scotsman Dave plays brilliant slide guitar and Delta blues and yet just when you are not looking he manages to inject it with wild trash country and even punk. Hugely entertaining, he has played Glastonbury and across Europe. I have no idea what they made of him in Estonia but Hebden loved him.