ArtTalk: Folk singer/guitarist David Dearnley makes up for lost time

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
David Dearnley is both a singer and guitarist. He says he doesn't like labels, but his music most closely resembles folk, country or Americana.

The Columbia Missourian is re-launching a project called ArtTalk with the goal of celebrating and discussing local art and artists. To submit one yourself, fill out the form at the bottom of the story.

This story was contributed by Missourian reader David Dearnley.

Q: What kind of art do you create? Tell us about your medium and style.

A: I am a musician. I perform predominately solo, singer/songwriter original, acoustic music. I also play with several duos and groups in mid-Missouri. I dislike labels, but I suppose most others would categorize my music as folk, country or Americana.

Q: What is it that inspires you? And why do you create art?

A: Almost everything inspires me to some degree. I appreciate all genres of music.

Art is an important part of our culture and collective happiness. I am retired from a 27 -year career with the FAA in air traffic. I'm trying to make up for all the lost time I wasted at the airport.

Q: Can your work be found around the community (or has it been in the past)? If so, where?

A: In addition to my solo shows, I perform with Dave, Dyno and The Roadkill Orchestra, Dave Angle & the Dogpound Jangle, Kiss, Makeup and Crooked Jack. I've also sat in as a guest with Mercer & Johnson, River Ghost Revue and The Woodsmiths. I've played many local venues such as The Blue Note, Mojo's, The Bridge, ARTlandish Gallery, Lupus Chili Festival, Cooper's Landing, The Dome, The Blue Fugue, 9th Street Deli, and probably others I can't remember or think of. 

Q: What sets you or your work apart from other artists?

A: The majority of what I do is original material.

Q: Can you show us your finished art, or you in the process of creating it?

A: I have lots of upcoming dates. Some in the near future:

4/25: Artrageous Friday, at ARTlandish Gallery
4/27: Earth Day Columbia, at Peace Park
4/30: Mojo's with Dave Angle

Dearnley also shared some music you can hear from your computer. Go to his page at:

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