David Bainbridge

  • Iona/G3

Photo Credit: Gav Coulson

About David Bainbridge

Co-founder of Celtic progressive/folk/rock/band IONA,  with whom he has toured the world and released 13 critically acclaimed albums, Dave’s multi-faceted career as a solo artist, keyboardist, guitarist,  bouzouki player, composer, improviser, producer, arranger and sound mixer has led him into many musical genres and work with numerous artists including Strawbs (current keyboardist), Troy Donockley (Nightwish), Jack Bruce, Buddy Guy, Nick Beggs, Gloria Gaynor, Moya Brennan, Robert Fripp, Phil Keaggy, Paul Jones, Damian Wilson, Nick Fletcher,  ‘Snake’ Davis,  Adrian Snell, PP Arnold, Lifesigns and many others. 

Winner of the BBC Radio 2 Best Jazz soloist award (piano) and the Sam Hood Rosebowl for Outstanding Performance during his time at Leeds Music College (where he graduated with a first class pass, including distinction in arranging), Dave has composed soundtracks for numerous short films, TV and multimedia productions and has co-written a guitar concerto with Classic FM favourite Nick Fletcher.

Dave has released three solo albums and several collaborative albums with both Troy Donockley (Nightwish) and David Fitzgerald (Iona co-founder).  ‘Celestial Fire’, Dave’s second solo release (Nov 2014) has received amazing reviews worldwide.  Dave’s first solo piano album ‘The Remembering’ was released in March 2016 and a Celestial Fire band live dvd will be coming out early in 2017. 

Current/recent live projects include his new band Celestial Fire, the Dave Bainbridge & Sally Minnear duo,  Strawbs, ‘virtuoso’ guitar group GB3 with Paul Bielatowicz and Simon Fitzpatrick (both of the Carl Palmer Band) and Dave Brons. Dave is arranger & band leader for Adrian Snell’s ongoing sell out live performances in The Netherlands of his works ‘The Passion’, ‘Light of the World’ and Alpha and Omega, which feature a full band of top Dutch session musicians, vocal soloists and a 60 piece choir.  Dave also plays keyboards with the legendary band Strawbs and will be writing / recording with them on their next studio release.

Dave has been using the BluGuitar AMP1 for his live shows, and whilst recently looking for a good 12 string to record with tried out the Vintage Paul Brett Signature Series VE8000PB-12 and Viator VTR800PB-12 models - he liked them so much he bought both!

"Dave Bainbridge is a genius of immeasurable proportions….working with artists as varied as Buddy Guy, Jack Bruce and IONA. If you are unfamiliar with him it's time to make amends. Trust me."

Nick Beggs (Steve Wilson, Steve Hackett etc, etc)

"I've been listening to 'Celestial Fire' and I love it!  Wow… That's some amazing stuff man! Really one of the best albums I've heard in a while."

Neal Morse (Transatlantic / Flying Colors)

“Dave is both a solo artist and a major driving force behind the band Iona. His fluid, emotional guitar playing, epic keyboard work and expansive compositions combine into one of this generation’s most powerful and original musical voices.” 

John Kellogg (producer for Britney Spears, Chicago, Foreigner, Black Crows, Deep Purple, ELP)

“Bainbridge's guitar playing is superb; his electric solos conjure Eric Johnson and Allan Holdsworth, while his acoustic technique dazzles, thanks to a remarkable dexterity and the use of unusual tunings.…”


“Celestial Fire is absolute sonic brilliance!”

Chris  MacIntosh 88.1fm WCWP New York

Soaring guitar passages, stunning keyboard work, and inspirational waves of orchestral prog.”

Bert Saraco www.tollbooth.org