Melbourne singer, songwriter and guitarist David Hosking sometimes performs with highly respected artists, but he is really a solo artist in the truest sense of the term. Ever since he first started performing professionally, he has been stubbornly independent in his outlook and career in order to articulate precisely his own musical vision. To date he has released six self-financed albums, and built a large and loyal following on the Melbourne pub circuit. His recorded work has been praised by critics in both, mainstream and street press, at home and internationally. He has received airplay on radio stations as diverse as PBS, RRR JJJ and 774. He has collaborated with the likes of Chris Wilson, Shane OMara, Rebecca Barnard, Shelly Scown, comedian Glynn Nicholas and Crowded House engineer Paul Kosky. He has also toured England with The Waifs, and shared the stage in Ireland with Ron Sexsmith, Brian Kennedy, Juliet Turner, and, more recently with Boo Hewerdine, Allan Kelly and Eddi Reader.
""The man writes like Schultz created cartoons; simple, uncluttered life pictures that strike you as nothing but authentic. He is one of the finest songwriting talents I have heard, and I wouldnt be surprised if you see his career unfold rapidly here in Ireland.""
-Mark Patterson BBC.
One of five boys, David Hosking followed his brothers in taking up the guitar at the age of 11. Realising that no one ever got famous by singing songs in an outer-suburban backyard, he acquired a car and a driving licence at the earliest possible opportunity, headed into town and started the long, tough business of establishing his reputation. It was no easy task, despite his stylish playing, strong voice and engagingly quirky songwriting style. In those days the pubs and cafes were dominated by performers who sang covers of other people's work, something he refused to do. He persevered, however, and gradually built up a solid core of devoted fans, attracting more whenever he played. He is truly a man of many talents. In between singing, playing guitar and songwritng, Hosking, in true rock and roll style, kept body and soul together by working as a wharf carpenter, barman, kitchen hand, crane driver, disability support worker and childcare worker. In many ways, David Hosking has done it tough. He has his reasons, however. He has his albums out, the respect of his fans, the critics and his musical peers alike. And he has done it all without a shred of compromise.
When performing David sings and plays guitar with Paul Fleming on bass, Steve Kinrade on French Horn and Keyboards, and Peter Jones on Drums along with backing vocals by Shelly Scown and sometimes Rebecca Barnard.
High and Low
11/4/2007 6:23:53 PM
great set of songs ,enjoyed them all .pip
3/24/2007 3:52:49 PM
Beautiful song! Really glad it's been nominated. Best of luck, David!
3/11/2007 7:14:31 PM
I really like this song David. Your lyrics are intriguing, your guitar playing is emotional and passionate as is your vocal delivery. Strong contender in the Awards voting to be sure! Very original song. Nice work.
Best of Luck........Pinedog
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