Dave Milliken guitar  bass  piano  vocals
Performer • Teacher • Songwriter
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Dave Milliken

bio

For info about current groups that Dave is in, consult the bands page. A list of upcoming shows is available on the home page.

Biography

Dave Milliken performs both as a solo act and with several groups including the folk/rock group Steel Moon, the nine-piece classic soul and Motown group Soul Cracker, the seven-piece R&B/blues/swing band The Priorities and the classical guitar and flute combo Duo Capriccio.

Dave's guitar work is featured on CDs by Steel Moon, Andrea England, Junkyard Symphony and Saddledogs.

He has co-written songs that appear on CDs by Steel Moon, Katelyn Dawn, Andrea England and Kathy Kennedy.

Dave teaches acoustic, electric and bass guitar, as well as piano, in a variety of styles including rock, alternative, folk, blues, funk, reggae and classical. He has been a teacher since 1990, both at his home studio and until 2005 at the Ottawa Folklore Centre School of Music.

Dave studied classical guitar with Steve Rollins and Ray Sealey, piano with Douglas Voice and voice with Maria Knapik. Dave attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston and graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1990 with a Bachelor of Music.

Dave is a member of SOCAN (the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada).

Dave Milliken with Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Noah Hunt
Left to right: Noah Hunt, Dave, Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Discography

Dave's guitar work is featured on the following CDs:

Terry Gomes CD: Blue. Green. Aquamarine.

Blue. Green. Aquamarine.

Terry Gomes

(Independent release, 2015)

Steel Moon

Steel Moon

(Independent release, 2011)

Also features Dave on bass,
keyboards and vocals.

Andrea England's Lemonade album cover

Lemonade

Andrea England

(Lemonade Factory Records, Maple Nationwide/Universal Music, 2004)

Junkyard Symphony's Planet Junk album cover

Planet Junk

Junkyard Symphony

(Boulder Records, 2002)

Andrea England's Lemonade single album cover

Lemonade (Single)

Andrea England

(Independent release, 2002)

Andrea England's Heart Wide Open album cover

Heart Wide Open

Andrea England

(Independent release, 1999)

Saddledogs Fetch album cover

Fetch

Saddledogs

(Independent release, 1994)

Songwriting Discography

Dave has co-written songs with Lise Larocque, Andrea England, Katelyn Dawn & Kathy Kennedy. Some of these songs are featured on the following CDs:

Andrea England CD: Hope and Other Sins

Hope & Other Sins

Andrea England

(Lemonade Factory Music, 2012)

Steel Moon

Steel Moon

(Independent release, 2011)

Katelyn Dawn's The Window album cover

The Window

Katelyn Dawn

(Independent release, 2008)

Andrea England's Lemonade album cover

Lemonade

Andrea England

(Lemonade Factory Records,
Maple Nationwide/Universal Music, 2004)

Andrea England's Lemonade single album cover

Lemonade (Single)

Andrea England

(Independent release, 2002)

Kathy Kennedy's Heaven album cover

Heaven

Kathy Kennedy

(Independent release, 2001)

 

Past Bands

Dave has been an integral member of many Ottawa-based rock, funk, R&B and country groups:

Moffatt & Milliken

This duo with Brady Moffatt featured them both singing and playing acoustic guitars on an eclectic mix of rock, folk, blues & the occasional Spanish song.

Dave and Brady at the Whalesbone

Thurman Murman

Moffatt & Milliken traded in their acoustic guitars for electrics and added the powerhouse rhythm section of Mike Thompson on bass and Gerard Tweedie on drums.

Andrea England

Dave wrote, recorded and performed with the Toronto-based Nova Scotian singer-songwriter Andrea England. They were featured on CBC Radio, CJOH-TV and CHRO-TV. They performed at the 2000 Stan Rogers Folk Festival in Nova Scotia and the 2002 East Coast Music Awards Songwriters' Circle in Saint John, New Brunswick. In Ontario they performed at the 2002 North By Northeast music festival and opened for Ashley MacIsaac, Tara MacLean, Jorane, Sue Medley and Kilt.

Andrea England and Dave Milliken
Andrea and Dave

Namaoke

Dave hosted a unique live-music karaoke show where audience members got to sing with accompaniment by real musicians. After consulting with a couple of Japanese-speakers, Dave and Jonny O came up with a new term, Namaoke, to describe their show. While the Japanese "kara" means empty and karaoke is essentially "empty orchestra", Namaoke represents "live orchestra". Audience members chose from a list of more than 400 songs and signed up for their turn to wow the crowd. A lyric sheet was available when they got up on stage and they sang with accompaniment by Dave on acoustic guitar and backing vocals, and by Jonny on percussion.

Namaoke at the Elbow Room
Namaoke at the Elbow Room

Namaoke at the Great Canadian Cabin
Namaoke at the Great Canadian Cabin

Milliken

Dave sang and played acoustic and electric guitar in this three-piece rock band that performed a mix of funkified cover tunes and dynamic original songs.

Clown Faced Cowboys

Heavy alt-country, on hiatus while Bianca has babies.

Clown Faced Cowboys by the barn
Clown Faced Cowboys promo shot
(Left to right: Dave, Mike, Bianca, Brady, Gerard)

Clown Faced Cowboys by the tractor
Clown Faced Cowboys promo shot
(Left to right: Brady, Dave, Bianca, Mike, Gerard)

Junkyard Symphony: "Garbage and Guitars"

A version of Junkyard Symphony that played a fusion of folk and funk.

Fashionably Unconscious

A pub band that played an eclectic mix of rock, alternative, Spanish and swing tunes.

Fashionably Unconscious at D'Arcy McGee's
Fashionably Unconscious at D'Arcy McGee's
(Left to right: Dave, Rob, Oliver)

Saddledogs

An original alternative rock band that released a CD in 1994.

Saddledogs Promo Shot
Saddledogs Promo Shot
(Left to right: Alex, Dave, Jon, Brady)

Soul Addiction

A band that played covers of classic soul and rhythm & blues songs.

Soul Addiction Promo Shot
Soul Addiction Promo Shot
(Left to right: Bob, Kelly, Steve, Sue, Dave, Gerard)

The Big Walk

A band that played both originals and covers of funk, rock and alternative tunes.

The Big Walk Promo Shot
The Big Walk Promo Shot
(Left to right: Mike, Deryck, Jack, Dave)

Nocturnal Rhythm

A trio that played covers of rock, soul and R&B songs.

Nocturnal Rhythm performing at Fritz-Bea's in Ottawa
Nocturnal Rhythm at Fritz-Bea's
(Left to right: Sue, Julie Anne, Dave)

The Gurus

A duo that played rock, folk and blues.

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