Dave Arcari’s performing at new festival at Balmaha on Loch Lomond shores

Lone bluesman Dave Arcari
Lone bluesman Dave Arcari

After a busy summer on the festival circuit, alt.blues troubadour Dave Arcari plays a local show at Balmaha’s Braw Weekend – a new food, drink and music festival in the East Loch Lomond village – on Saturday, October 3.

As well as Arcari, the Saturday night music line-up includes Have Mercy Las Vegas, Mick Hargan and The Zips.

The show is one of just a handful of Scottish dates before Arcari returns to the USA for a month long tour from the end of October into November. His last US tour – back in March – included official showcases at the acclaimed SxSW (South by South West) music conference and festival in Austin, Texas.

In between tours and festival appearances Arcari has been busy at Chem19 studios with engineer/produced Paul Savage (Delgados) recording tracks for a series of new releases scheduled for early 2016.

Arcari said: “Rather than release the new tracks in a one-er, it looks like we’ll do a series of limited edition vinyl EPs and digital downloads followed by a more traditional album release later in 2016.

“We’ll probably release the material on my own label in the UK and licence it out other labels for release in USA and Europe. The industry is changing so quickly – and listeners consume music in so many different ways – that we constantly need to adopt new release strategies to stay on folks’ radar – not just audiences and consumers, but the media and wider music industry too.”

Arcari has shared the stage with major artists including country/Americana legend Steve Earle, the mighty Alabama 3, Seasick Steve, Toby Keith and veteran blues-rocker Robin Trower.

A regular at UK and European festivals, Arcari cites recent highlights as Glastonbury; Moulin Blues Festival in Holland; Belgium’s Peer Festival (alongside Jeff Beck, Joe Bonamassa and Steve Winwood); BluesAlive in the Czech Republic and Poland.

Headline shows in the USA and mainland Europe as well as across the UK continue to take Arcari and his music to a wider audience beyond the confines of any specific genre.