Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Dave Nachmanoff saw Al Stewart live for the first time at Royal Albert Hall in London in 1985 and in 2006 came back and performed with him. At the age of ten he played with Libba Cotton ("Freight Train"). He's led songwriting workshops for many groups, from German school children to the Silcocks, a family with 44 adopted boys. In addition, he's a heckofa songwriter in styles ranging from folk to pop who's sold over 15,000 recordings. Dave's the father of two and writes custom songs for weddings and other special occasions. As a side player (guitar, piano, bass, accordion and more) he's worked with Stewart on a regular basis as well as many others at hundreds of venues as far ranging as The Bottom Line, Glastonbury Festival, and the Edmonton Folk Festival.
Dave grew up in the 60's and 70's surrounded by the active folk scene of northern Virginia and Washington DC and inspired by Pete Seeger, country rock, early revival folk like the Kingston Trio and later on, 80's new wave. Toss in a bit of Celtic folk-rock a la Fairport Convention and it's clear how he got his rich melodic sound.
He produced and played on Al Stewart's newest, Uncorked. It's an exciting live recording of Stewart's songs, their guitars and voices so full and in sync you'll swear it's a whole band. In "News from Spain" Al jokes that Dave had to duplicate Rick Wakeman's piano solo and indeed he does, with a Spanish flair that ends in a flurry of notes. In "Carol," he offers a rhythmic compliment to Al's strumming, including a breath taking set of arpeggios that brings the crowd to their feet. "A bonus on every song is the fine guitar playing of Nachmanoff, who blends with Stewart's guitar very well and adds considerable musical interest to the proceedings..." Mike O'Cull, RivetingRiffs.com.
His latest CD, Step Up, released in 2011 - his first solo release in five years - was produced by Ronan Chris Murphy (King Crimson, Steve Morse), and features musicians Bob Malone (currently playing keyboards for John Fogerty), Ian Sheridan (former bassist for Jason Mraz) and Victor Bisetti (former drummer for Los Lobos), and vocalists Al Stewart, Rosemary Butler, John Wicks, and Liz Bligan. He's got nine albums in all, including his first, Candy Shower, released in 1997. Get his CDs at www.davenach.com or from many outlets including CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes and many more.
He's shared the stage with Cheryl Wheeler, Steve Forbert, The Pogues, America, Alison Krauss and many others.
Just Plain Folks honored him with the 2001 Songwriter of the Year award. In 2011 alone, he was a finalist in the USA Songwriting Competition, Great American Song Contest and the International Acoustic Music Awards. For five consecutive years he was the Susan Lucci of the South Florida Folk Festival, earning a place as a finalist before winning Best Overall in 2002. SingOut! has praised his "...heartfelt, inspired songwriting... with a delivery both biting and assured."