VILLAGES in Action is bringing some serious rock vintage to Black Dog and Cheriton Bishop this month when Andrew Cresswell Davis drops in as part of a tour with his acoustic trio “DLM”, and it’s no exaggeration to say the man has rubbed shoulders with some serious rock royalty.

Andrew played guitar and sang backing vocals on John Lennon’s seminal album, "Imagine". George Martin, one time manager of the Beatles, produced one of Cresswell Davies’ albums when he was part of 60s band, Stackridge.

Stackridge were signed to Elton John’s label and shared a bill with Elton John, Chaka Khan, The Eagles and Beach Boys at Wembley Stadium in front of an audience of 100,000 people.

For rave fans, Cresswell Davis’ highest moment will be when he co-wrote "Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime" for the band The Korgis, a song "Baby D" remixed during the acid house scene, making it a cult tune. The list continues to the present, with Cresswell Davies playing for Tears for Fears, Pete Byrne and ethereal indie band, Goldfrapp.

All these influences have come together in Cresswell Davis’ current incarnation, DLM, a band he’s formed with Clare Lindley (singer and violinist) and Brian Mullan (cellist).

The band is an acronym of their surnames. These three tremendously accomplished performers are bringing their mix of Folk, Celtic, Roots and Rock to Devon village halls.

“You can expect some great songs,” Andy says, “great playing, but most of all some great, thought-provoking songs about love, hate and everything in between, there’s even a song about squirrels. The songs are very strong.”

The band is touring through Villages in Action, the Devon charity which brings world-class performers to intimate village halls, where the whole community turns out to bask in some borrowed starlight.

So if you want to a brush with rock royalty, book ahead. DLM is a band you would be Definitely Loathe to Miss.

The concert at Cheriton Bishop Village Hall, will be held on Friday, February 24 at 7.30pm. Tickets are available to book by calling telephone 01647 24789.

The Black Dog Memorial Hall concert takes place the following evening (February 25) at 7.15pm for 8pm and tickets, priced at £8 (child £5), can be booked by calling telephone 01363 866434 or in person from Kennerleigh Community Shop .

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