From The Alarm to solo rocker

Dave Sharp is performing in Fleetwood.
Dave Sharp is performing in Fleetwood.

PLAYING live in the stairwell at The Prince Arthur pub in Fleetwood this Friday is a musician who found international fame with rockers The Alarm, and who also has a Fleetwood connection.

Before co-founding the alternative rock band which made his name in the early 1980s, Dave Sharp, pictured, attended Fleetwood Nautical Campus.

The Salford-born guitarist was at the campus studying for qualifications to develop his career in the merchant marine.

“The gig will be a kind of homecoming for me,” said Dave.

“I remember those days at Broadwater very well, especially the nights out we had at the Cala Gran.”

The Alarm, founded in North Wales, released several albums and enjoyed chart success with singles including the rousing single, 68 Guns.

But in 1991, Dave quit the band and began a solo career.

He enlisted Bob Dylan’s producer, Bob Johnston, and recorded his first solo album, Hard Travlin’ on New York’s The Hit Factory studio.

There followed two years of relentless touring to and fro across America, and the success of his solo project was assured when he played before a crowd of 25,000 on Central Park, alongside Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie and Billy Bragg to celebrate Woody Guthrie’s 80th birthday. In 1996 Dave recorded his second successful solo album, Downtown America, again produced by Bob Johnston but this time in San Francisco.

He then began a six-year stay in New Orleans, where he recorded and often performed at the Irish Bar on Decatur Street.

In 2002, he returned to England to settle in his native Salford, and recorded his third album, The Power of Soul, which successfully introduced him to UK audiences as a solo performer.

Prince Arthur landlord, Wayne Duffy, said: “This guy creates a great rocking atmosphere playing solo that many bands would be proud of. He delivers the spirit of rock and roll.”

Admission is free and the gig starts at 9pm.

Up to date information regarding gigs at The Prince Arthur can be found online at www.facebook.com/thepastairwell.