David Shade is a performer, poet, musician, guitar teacher, singer & seer.
His previous aliases include 'Josh Steed', 'The Celebrated Mr K', 'The Scarecrow', 'J. Smart', & 'John Steed, the bowler-hatted secret-agent on his final mission for Mother'.
Shade also writes, under the pseudonym of 'The Jester' ...
Dave is a founder member of 'The Family of Cats', an unashamedly eclectic collective, who've been leaving London audiences slack-jawed & speechless since 2011 ...
'The Cats' ensemble also showcases the incomparable song-smithery & soaring, expressive voice of art-rock diva 'Sarah Cat', previously known as 'Polly Substance', 'Lucy Fur' &, less frequently, 'Sarah Longman'.
All of the Family of Cats are 29 years young, but some have been 29 longer than others. If Sarah & Dave are The Mama & The Papa of the Family? Then enigmatic TV superstar 'Geisha Davis' is the Cats' Baby-spice. Some call her 'Jamila', or simply 'J.', though her friends call her 'The Black Dove' - except on Sundays, when she is improperly undressed as 'The White Horse'.
"I don't know why, but I like you, Geisha. I'm really interested to see what you do next. You're through to the next round" Simon Cowell [on Geisha's controversial, censored performance of her radical reworking of 'Humpty Dumpty' on BGT]
The four CATFEST fundraising events -masterminded by Shade- raised a grand for Poorly Paws Cat Rescue, ensuring that self-professed 'mad-cat lady' Deana has been able to carry on her saintly work, caring for lost kittens & helping each one find a 'forever home'.
Prior to the Family of Cats, Dave was 'Mr. K', the original frontman with three-piece electro-fetish-hypnotika outfit 'Organ Donner'.
DISCLAIMER: David Shade is who is, & any similarity to the fictional character of the same name is entirely coincidental - the real Mr Shade will not be held accountable for the despicable actions of his fictional namesake -nor for his own, if it can possibly be avoided.
If you came here looking for the fictional character 'David Shade' check out his creator, the acclaimed author & rock'n'roll survivor Sherry Carroll here ...