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David Kidman

David is a freelance writer currently based in West Yorkshire. He was born further south, however, and lived and worked even further south for rather too long before grabbing the chance to move north when it came!

From a very early age, he has been keenly interested in (and knowledgeable about) music, this interest eagerly extending beyond the realms of folk into (and back out of!) many other kinds of music, ever keeping an open mind to new musical experiences.

Although he has always embraced a certain critical faculty, David’s writing career began in earnest around fifteen years ago, since which time he has contributed to a number of publications.
As well as The Living Tradition, these have included:
• Online magazines – mainly the Net Rhythms website, but also Folk&, and most recently with a dedicated page on the Acoustic Rotherham website;
• Print-based magazines – those with a national circulation (principally fRoots and Rock’n’Reel Mk.1); & those with a regional base (e.g. Folk Roundabout, Stirrings, Tykes’ News).

David’s Mission Statement:
“I care about the music – passionately – and my intention is to do justice to both the music and the artist/s (although with the listener and potential purchaser in mind too). My personal policy is to provide honest, objective, fair and constructive criticism and feedback.”
This is reflected in the many positive testimonials received, and in the number of contextual review quotes encountered on artists’ own publicity material!

David is also:
• An experienced festival and folk club MC, well-regarded for his informed and genuine enthusiasm for the music as well as his ability to keep things running to time and schedule.
• A revival singer, performing solo and unaccompanied. Though broadly within the folk tradition, his repertoire is not entirely typical of it. He readily intersperses traditional with more recent compositions… rousing choruses with gentler, thoughtful or deeply reflective songs (while not neglecting fun and the occasional parody);
• A published poet.

See David's website here or contact him using the contact form in the drop down menu.