Scottish and Estonian musicians team up to play The Glad Cafe

Dave Arcari (photo: Leif Laaksonen)
Dave Arcari (photo: Leif Laaksonen)

Scottish alt.blues troubadour Dave Arcari returns from his current USA tour to play a three exclusive double-bill shows with his friend Andres Roots – Estonia’s top blues and slide guitarist.

The pair will play The Glad Cafe on Wednesday, February 27.

Andres Roots (photo: Leif Laaksonen)

Andres Roots (photo: Leif Laaksonen)

The two musicians have been close friends since Roots instigated Arcari’s first appearances in Estonia in 2005 which included the Augustibluus Festival and a Tartu blues club event where Arcari was the first overseas performer to appear.

Arcari has since returned to play major festivals and venues in Estonia on an almost annual basis, most recently in December when one of the shows was a special event celebrating the 15th anniversary of Tartu blues club.

Roots has visited Scotland and the UK a number of times over the same period, most recently when he and Arcari were both billed at Shetland Blues Festival in 2013. Arcari has also provided vocals on a number of tracks on Roots’ record releases.

Just back from the USA where he made his debut West Coast appearances, Arcari’s tour schedule included a four-day stint at the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Show in Los Angeles with National Reso-Phonic Guitars whose instruments have become a stylistic trademark of Arcari’s music.

His latest release – Whisky Trail – reveals another side to Arcari. Known mainly for his slashing slide guitar work this release features his banjo playing – and a mellower side to his songwriting and performance.

“Actually, the banjo has featured in my live set for a while, but I only had a couple of songs on it,” says Arcari. “And while they (Still Friends and Good Moonshine) have become crowd favourites, I felt it was becoming too predictable that I’d play these songs whenever I picked up the banjo. So I was keen to come up with a new banjo song that was a little different. This one is based on the story of Glengoyne single malt whisky – my local distillery.

“There’s a few more in the pipeline for both slide guitar and banjo.”

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