David Metcalfe is a singer songwriter from Blackburn.


He is an engaging story teller with a range of serious and comic material. This includes dark stories of loss and betrayal, as well as tales of a frustrated motorist’s brush with a speed camera or a guilty altar boy’s conflict between attending the Good Friday service and watching his beloved Blackburn Rovers.

David appeared at The Edinburgh Fringe festival for several summers and he has opened for Peggy Seeger, Steve Tilston, Allan Taylor and Edwina Hayes.



“Jonathan Holden,” a song about a childhood lost in the care system, made Radio Lancashire’s “Unmissable Year” programme in 2012. Meanwhile, his comic, Dylanesque and Cohen style jingles have regularly featured on the same station’s folk show “The Drift.”




"He sang three or four songs, which I thought were extraordinarily good. His “Angelus Bell”, is beautifully crafted and yet one of the most chilling and upsetting I've heard in many and many a day.…raw, no artifice, no pretence, but, as someone once said, "Three chords and the truth, that's all you need."  

                                                                                                            Mike Harding


“David is a powerful performer, who uses lyrics to pull at your heart strings. The drama in the songs is underpinned beautifully by the timing and placement of some stirring chord structures.”  

                                                                                                           Phil Brown, Radio Lancashire’s The Drift                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    


“The songs are funny, entertaining and poignant, all at the same time. See him live because he’s funny and dry.”                                                                                                

                                                                                                          Fenny, Radio Lancashire “On the Wire”.


"Funny and provoking.."

                                                                                                          Silverdale Village Institute.


“David had us in stitches’ and in tears ...a first class performance that ticked all the boxes…a thoroughly entertaining evening…from a performer who has 100% confidence in both the quality of his songs and his uncanny ability to hold the audience in the palm of his hand. His material is as original as anything I’ve come across during my 29 years of being involved. .. "

                                                                                                       Graham Dixon, Gregson Lane Folk Club