David Clifton

David Clifton

Little Room Recordings
United Kingdom
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After a childhood filled with music as a choral scholar at Peterborough Cathedral, and studies in art, ceramics and education at college, David Clifton signed first to Red Bus/EMI Records, then to PVK Records in a folk duo, joining blues legend Peter Green who was also signed to the label.

An invitation to join indie rock band Sensible Jerseys resulted in a move to London. The band were championed by broadcasting legend John Peel, who played them regularly on his Radio 1 show. They subsequently signed with Virgin records as a result of their indie single Right & Wrong becoming a national turntable favourite. Following his indie sojourn, David went on to play guitar, mandolin and sax for WEA/East West singer songwriter Tanita Tikaram, touring extensively in Europe and the USA . This was followed by European tours, radio, TV and promotion work playing guitar for the Irish jazz/blues artist Mary Coughlan.

In the early 1990’s he worked with EMI artist Steve Booker, recording a BASF award winning CD with him and touring throughout the UK, opening for acts such as Bob Geldof, Suzanne Vega, Clannad, Steve Earle and the Dukes amongst others.

Whilst preparing for this project, David was introduced to one of Steve’s producers, Andy Piercy, former lead singer of After The Fire. This led to a writing partnership developing contemporary sacred music. When not busy with music and production work, they began meeting at Andy’s house in Notting Hill Gate to write, and then David’s home in Covent Garden to record and produce the new songs. This resulted in two ground-breaking albums of their time; ‘Praise God from whom all blessings flow’ and ‘Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs’, incorporating traditional Liturgy and Sacred texts into a modern musical context.

During the early 90’s and through 2000 he recorded and toured with Virgin Records artist Julia Fordham, playing Japan, the Far East, Europe and the USA, touring with Sarah McLachlan on the Lilleth Fair festival events, and playing USA dates on Sheryl Crow’s world tour.

The rustic surroundings of a 16th century barn studio in Surrey were the location for writing and recording with Grammy award-winning producer Kipper for Esther Alexander’s ‘Long Way Home’ album.
Late 2011 saw the completion of his first Hollywood ‘B Movie’ film soundtrack, and this has lead to more advertising, library and featured music work.

Songwriting trips to Nashville have given birth to new material co-written with Phil Keaggy and Phil Madeira. More recently he has been taking time out to write and record his own projects, and enjoying collaborative work with other international artists. Please visit the Little Room website for more information and to listen to releases,

Recording sessions have included work for a variety artists including Julia Fordham, Pele, Helen Watson, Madness, Micky Hart, Tanita Tikaram, Paul Heaton (Beautiful South), Martin Smith and Delirious (Cutting Edge 1), Matt Redman, Chris de Burgh, Robin Mark, Graham Kendrick and Kim Hill amongst many others.

Recent releases include the new single Grand Central Station New York (November 22nd 2019) and a string quintet and piano project ‘Fruit Of The Spirit’, released on the 9th of September
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Grand Central Station New York

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