Dave

Dave's music has met with critical acclaim, and has been played by radio stations across the world. 

Now retired from his 'alter ego' as a university professor and academic author, Dave continues to prepare reviews for Geoff Howlett's 'Never For Nothing' magazine.

For many years wife Lynda worked as an administrator for Traidcraft and now gives part-time support to the Reaching The Unreached charity.

Son Mark is a professional musician, arranger, producer and teacher and has produced Dave's albums since 1999.

 
His music has met with critical acclaim and has been played by radio stations across the world.

Beginnings

Dave became involved in music in a fairly unusual way.

"It was 1982. I had reached my mid-thirties. Over a period of days, several scripture-based songs 'arrived'. Without any formal musical knowledge although able to play the piano in one key (D flat!), I wrote down the words and recorded the tunes. I had little idea what to do with the songs - I had no singing voice to speak of. But with the prayers and encouragement of family and friends at the church that we attended - Somervyl Chapel, Longbenton - the songs continued to arrive, and began to be used by the church worship group. My voice also seemed to develop over these months, and  by that Christmas everyone reckoned I should give it a go, so I gave my first public performance at the church".

This first step was followed by an increasing number of school and youth club events, church meetings, concerts etc - on Tyneside and elsewhere.

 

'Let go, let God' - and band

In September 1985 Dave came into contact with music arranger/producer Bob Cranham. Bob and his wife Pennie felt that Dave should make an album. The exact amount needed was provided, and the album 'Let go, let God' was released in the November. Using session musicians and featuring Helen Shapiro on backing vocals, it was well received by the Christian press and featured by Radio Newcastle.


At the same time Dave and Lynda began L.J. ('Lord Jesus') Music Ministries for the handling of the finances involved, and by early January 1986 'The Dave Deeks Band' was formed. The first performance of this ten-piece rock band, to a packed Brunswick Methodist Church in Newcastle on March 22nd, was as support for the musical 'The Return' - written and performed by West Avenue Methodist Church, Gosforth. Possibly uniquely for a support act, the new band's performance went down so well that they were called back for an encore! They continued to perform throughout that year - many more offers of bookings being received than could be met.


Dave felt inspired to write a song that described his experience of reaching rock bottom and then being wonderfully healed.

 

 

 

End of the band, serious illness - and 'Solid Ground'

Towards the end of 1986 several younger band members left home for university. Rather than recruit new members, Dave felt led to return to performing/speaking to smaller gatherings, often existing church attendees, utilising backing tracks and keyboard.

Others soon offered support however - including a small group called 'What Next' who provided backing vocals and sometimes comedy/drama sketches. The team covered everything from ten minute 'spots', to full-length concerts - including, in March 1989, a church weekend for young people. This turned out to be Dave's last appearance for some time - as the following month he was struck down by a rare condition called Guillain-Barré Syndrome. Within a week of its onset, he was almost completely paralysed. After the fervent prayers of family and friends the reversal of the illness was followed by a rate and extent of recovery which far exceeded medical expectations - to the point where Dave was left with only minor evidence of his paralysis.

During his stay in hospital, Dave had felt inspired to write a song that described his experience of reaching rock bottom and then being wonderfully healed. It quickly became evident that it spoke to people in a powerful way, and it seemed appropriate to make it the title track of another album. The result was 'Solid ground', again produced by Bob Cranham, and this brought excellent press reviews, regular radio play on Christian local radio programmes and several radio interviews. Songs from it were also featured on a 'tape tract' produced for armed forces personnel serving in the Gulf War. By the time that 'Solid ground' was released, Dave had written almost 300 songs. The story of his healing was featured in the local and Christian press and also in the Guillain-Barré Syndrome Support Group newsletter. For a period, Dave also used the songs within the pastoral ministry at Frankland high-security prison.

Further releases

The ten track 'Walk with the One' first saw the light of day in September 1999. This was an early showcase for son Mark's musical talents as musician, arranger and producer, with songs selected from a list of performance favourites. As in Dave's previous albums, the songs are lyrically direct and melodically based - but in a more guitar-oriented, 'live' setting.

The 'Questions at Christmas' EP arrived in December 2005 and features three songs that ask searching questions about each Christian's personal approach to Christmas, plus instrumental versions. The album was produced by Dave's son Mark.

The thirteen track 'Bridge', again produced by Mark, was released in December 2008. More than a year in the making and with a cleanly produced 'studio' sound, it again features strong melodies and lyrics. Dave writes on the sleeve notes "my hope is that this album conveys the experiences of an imperfect life lived in the knowledge of the Perfect Foundation - the Bridge over all that may come our way".

 
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