More about Stompin' Dave Allen

Stompin' Dave Allen

American roots musician based in Bridport, Dorset, UK.

Dave performs bluegrass, blues, vintage country, folk, rock n roll, old-time, etc. He sings and plays guitar, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, piano and tap dances in an old-time flatfooting style often whilst playing an instrument and singing.


Dave's repertoire includes songs and instrumental music ranging from traditional to vintage covers and originals. Performances are often a varied mix of material but he is equally capable of presenting whole performances in one genre.

With twenty five years of performing experience Dave has performed across the UK and beyond from street entertaining, and the smallest gigs to major festivals i.e. Glastonbury Festival, Camp Bestival, Bestival, Boomtown Fair and The Secret Garden Party.

Dave has stomped onto the line-up of some top folk festivals including Cork Folk Festival, Warwick Folk Festival, Towersey Folk Festival, Priddy Folk Festival, Cromer Folk Festival and many other folk festivals, and clubs.

He has also appeared at many specialist roots music festivals Gainsborough Old-time Music & Dance Festival, The Cornish Bluegrass Festival, Didmarton Bluegrass Festival, Ealing Blues Festival, Upton Blues Festival, Maverick Festival and The Rhythm Riot rock n roll festival are just some examples. 


Dave has been invited to perform at both The Boogaloo Blues Festival on the Isle of Wight and The Great Dorset Steam Fair for the last ten years.


In recent years Dave has performed concerts in art centres and theatres sometimes alongside touring musicians from the USA including the legendary Whitetop Mountain Band from Virginia, W.C. Handy award winner Guy Davis, and International Bluegrass Achievement award winner Alice Gerrard, as well as many others.

Stompin' Dave has been booked as a headline performer at festivals. These have included The Cornwall Folk Festival, National Banjo Day, Two For Joy May Bank Holiday Folk Festival, and The Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival.


Dave has made several visits to the USA including competing in the US national bluegrass banjo, and international flatpicking guitar contests.


Dave was winner of the FOAOTMAD old-time banjo competition 2011 and 2013. Runner up in the FOAOTMAD old-time dancing competition 2012.  Stompin' Dave was nominated for a British Blues Award in the acoustic act category 2014.

Dave has worked exclusively as a self employed musician since leaving university with a first class BA honours degree in Music in 2000 and joining Bournemouth based band The Producers, UK Blues Band of the Year award winners 1998-2001.

Although Dave mainly performs solo he does from time to time perform as a duo with a variety of friends and with various acts and bands including his own bands Stompin' Dave & His Bluegrass Band, Stompin' Dave's Blues3, etc.


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