Albone began playing percussion at the age of 15 in his
school orchestra after studying piano from the age of
7. By the time he was 16 he was a regular percussionist
with Grimethorpe Colliery Brass Band and the Sheffield
Wind Band. He also attended Wath Music Centre becoming
principle percussionist in the Music Centre Orchestra
and the South Yorkshire Youth Orchestra. At the same time,
he established his first band - Creation - which, after
wining the local working men's club talent night, spent
the next year touring Yorkshires working men's club
circuit playing the latest chart hits. The band also led
a second life as a rock covers band playing the songs
of Pink Floyd, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rory Gallagher, Free and
Focus to name but a few. He also played most of the hit
musicals of the day, including West Side Story, at Sheffield's
entertainment venues as well as numerous drumming deputy
jobs in Yorkshire's working men's clubs.
the age of 17 Dave left home to study at Huddersfield
Polytechnic School of Music (now University) gaining distinction
in the performers element of the diploma. During
the 4 years he was at Huddersfield, he became the principal
timpanist for the School of Music Orchestra, played kit
drums in the Northern Jazz Orchestra and contributed to
the promotion of new/avant garde music working alongside
Richard Steinitz. Dave studied with the principle percussionist
of the Halle Orchestra during this period and became a
regular performer with the orchestra at venues such as
Sheffield City Hall and Manchester Free Trade Hall. Dave
also continued his brass band work, playing with both
Brighouse and Rastrick and Black Dyke Mills in championship
winning performances at The Albert Hall in London, as
well as undertaking European tours.
the end of his 4 years at Huddersfield, Dave was approached
by Andy Tillison (now of European progressive rock band
The Tangent), a recently recruited member of new wave
band The Vye, who were looking for a drummer. After a
quick audition, he joined and moved to Leeds where he
was based for the next 20 years. While in The Vye, he
toured Holland, all of the UK and released two records
with the band: a single "5 Hours Till Tonight"
and a track - "The Kings New Clothes" - on a
compilation album (499 2139) on Elton John's Rocket Records
Label. The number of the album title referred to a telephone
number that bands rang up to get an audition to be on
the early 1980's Andy and Dave left The Vye to form A
New Opera - a band Dave views as his most satisfying musical
venture to date. Following the obligatory lack of success
Dave left to try a variety of other bands - the last one
of these being BUiLD - a lively 4 piece in the brit-pop
style of the day playing regularly at the long gone Duchess
of York in Leeds. In 1997, he took a break from playing
to concentrate on family, work and studies and sold his
beloved Pearl kit.
an 8 year break the drumming itch became too much and
he jumped back into the saddle and after a couple of false
starts joined respected Leeds based rock covers band -
Splinter. The result was a very solid and musically professional
outfit that quickly won audiences over at a wide variety
of venues and events.
2006, he worked with Fin Keating of Splinter to form a
Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music tribute band - Roxyrama - with
the band gradually building up a strong loyal following
into 2007, with Dave leaving the band in April 2008 to
concentrate on Splinter.
September 2008 Dave took another break from regular live
gigging leaving Splinter to consider what his next steps
considering complete retirement for a while, Dave was
approached by an old musical acquaintance, Guy Manning,
with an offer to join MANNING, an 8 piece band bringing
to life Guys substantial back catalogue of music
(10 albums at the time of writing).
In Daves words:
“Working with Guy rekindled my boyish enthusiasm for playing. The chance to contribute to the arrangement and playing of original material that is enjoyed by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable audience allowed me to rediscover my all round percussive skills and make good use of my classical training. The added bonus of playing festivals in the UK and in 2010 America was something totally unexpected.”
After the success of the ROSFest gig in 2010, suffering from severe physical discomfort in his arms, Dave took the difficult decision to leave Manning and retire from being actively involved in music. He sold his equipment later that year and became an enthusiastic amateur photographer on the proceeds!
However, that was not to be the end!
When Rick Henry was unavailable, Dave kindly volunteered and stepped in to provide most of the drum parts for the 2013 release "The Root, the Leaf & the Bone".
DAVE ALBONE – LAST KNOWN EQUIPMENT!
custom Pro M/M Birch drum kit comprising:
Pro M 10, 12" and 14" tobacco fade hanging
o Pro M 16" tobacco fade floor tom-tom
o M Birch 22" x 18 honey amber bass drum
o M Birch 14" x 5 honey amber snare drum
Hi-Hats: Sabian XS20 14"
o Crash: Paiste Brass Tones 18" power; Paiste PS3
14; Sabian XS20 18" medium thin; Sabian XS20
16" medium thin
o Ride: Paiste PS3 18 crash ride; Sabian XS20 20
o Effects: Paiste Alpha 14 China; Sabian 10
splash; Zildjan custom 10 splash
8", 10" Tama chrome mini-timps
o Stand mounted tambourine and various shakers
o Wind chimes
o Pearl woodblocks x 2
Roland SPD-S sampling pad
Premier Tri-lock, DW, Mapex and Yamaha stands and equipment
o Pearl P120-P bass drum pedal
o Cases by Big Dog, Protection Racket and Stagg
o Drum mat by Protection Racket
Dave answers questions about all things MANNING during the 2013 "Root" Sessions <READ ME>