Dave Arcari’s beard is for the chop

Dave Arcari
Dave Arcari

A MUSICIAN is going to raise money for children with cancer by shaving off his beard for the first time in two decades.

The Alt.blues performer Dave Arcari, from near Drymen, was inspired by the fundraising efforts of Balmaha teenager, Ben Fraser (14) who attends Balfron Primary Pupil.

The kind-hearted young lad is battling leukaemia himself at the moment but he wanted to do something to help Yorkhill Children’s Hospital where he still receives treatment so he raised £15,000 for them.

He held a variety of events with help from family, friends and customers at the Oak Tree Inn in Balmaha which is owned by his parents.

Unfortunately everyone will have to wait until May 4 when he returns from a European tour to see what’s lurking under Arcari’s beard when River City star – and real-life hairdresser – John Comerford will be shaving his beard at Alice Rocks Hairdressing in Glasgow’s West End (Gibson Street).

Dave said: “The French record label who are behind my new album engaged a top Paris photographer to do the photos for the artwork so I doubt they’d be too impressed if I showed up for the launch and subsequent gigs clean-shaven!”

To make the event a bit more fun, the chance to make ‘the first cut’ is up for grabs.

Dave added: “There’s quite a few folks out there who’re dead keen to cut off my beard. So anyone who donates over £20 via my justgiving page, and expresses a desire to do the deed and can be at Alice Rocks at 11am on Friday 4 May will be in the running to chop off my beard.”

As word has spread about the big shave, a blues society in the USA has already been in touch with Dave to enquire if the beard would be up for sale.

Donations can be made to Yorkhill Children’s Foundation via Dave’s justgiving page at http://www.justgiving.com/Dave-Arcari0

A CLOSE SHAVE . . . Balfron Primary pupil Ben Fraser sizes up Dave Arcari’s beard.