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David Nigel Lloyd / Bio

David Nigel Lloyd is a non-traditional traditionalist. As the British magazine Folk Roots wrote, “Lloyd uses traditional tunes and themes where it suits his purposes.”

His predecessors were folkies like Martin Carthy, Robin Williamson and the late Bert Jansch who in mid-60s London saw the ballads, blues, beat poetry, zen buddhism etc. as aspects of the same thing: a new popular song. Often as not they were fine song poets too. Lloyd is firmly in their non-tradition.

With his “spirited singing and full-bodied playing,” (Dirty Linen) “Lloyd is as much American influenced as British” (The LA Times). He accompanies himself on guitar and the 8-stringed octar. In performance, he often introduces his songs with an ornate joke, a true tale or —to keep things honest— an outrageous lie. As the LA Weekly once wrote, “Lloyd is some serious traditional fun.”

Sometimes he sings traditional songs as he finds them. Often, he overlays them with new but related lyrics. The olde British pantheon of demon knights, faerie queens and divine drunkards often find themselves wandering the deserts, mountains and boom towns of Southern California where DNL has lived for 35 years. “A strongly individual musical and poetic mind is at work here.” (beGlad, UK)

In 2011, DNL was was an Official Showcase Performer at the Folk Alliance International Conference in Memphis, Tennessee. He also performed at the Winterfolk IX Festival in Toronto and was a Music in Education panelist at the FarWest Folk Alliance Conference in Eugene, Oregon. The aforementioned Robin Williamson was a guest musician on his CD, Rivers, Kings and Curses. It was featured on the ‘Best of 2008’ episode of NPR’s syndicated Celtic Connections show. Dark Ages, DNL’s 1984 new wave folk LP, was reissued in 2008 as a forgotten classic by the US specialty label, Yoga Records.

David Nigel Lloyd has performed in England, Ireland, Canada and the United States. He has worked as a teaching artist in public schools for over 20 years. He was born in 1954 in Mombasa, Kenya.

General Info

Band Members
David Nigel Lloyd — guitars, octar, vocal, compositions
Artist Name
David Nigel Lloyd
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Active Since
Folk / Celtic / singer-songwriter

Contact Info

Yreka, CA

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