Dave Bainbridge


Dave Bainbridge, a musician, composer, producer, and arranger, joined Lifesigns in 2017.

Born in Darlington, England from a musical family. Dave had piano lessons from the age of eight and learned guitar from thirteen. He joining his first band ‘Exodus’ at fourteen.

Dave went to Leeds College of Music, gaining the “BBC Radio 2 Best Jazz Soloist Award” whilst there. Dave toured the world with Iona band between 1989 and 2015, releasing 13 critically acclaimed albums. Dave’s multi-faceted career as a solo artist, keyboardist, guitarist, bouzouki player, composer, improviser, producer, arranger, teacher and sound mixer has led him into many musical genres and work with numerous artists including: Strawbs (current keyboardist), Jack Bruce, Buddy Guy, Troy Donockley (Nightwish), Nick Beggs, Gloria Gaynor, Moya Brennan, Robert Fripp, Mae McKenna, Phil Keaggy, Paul Jones, Damian Wilson, Nick Fletcher, ‘Snake’ Davis, Adrian Snell, PP Arnold, Mollie Marriott, Lifesigns (with John Young), Norman Beaker, Fred T Baker, Dave Brons, Paul Bielatowicz 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, released on the album ‘Cathedral of Dreams’ (2009).

Dave has released three solo albums, ‘Veil of Gossamer’ (2004), ‘Celestial Fire’ (2014) and his first solo piano album ‘The Remembering’ (2016). The ‘Celestial Fire’ album led to the formation of the band of the same name in 2015 and the Celestial Fire band ’Live in the UK’ DVD/2 cd album was released in April 2017. There are also two more collaborative albums with Troy Donockley and two with David Fitzgerald (Iona).

Current live projects include his new band Celestial Fire, Strawbs, the Dave Bainbridge & Sally Minnear duo, Lifesigns and occasional solo concerts. Dave is arranger & musical director for Adrian Snell’s ongoing sellout 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.