Darcy Wickham

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Biography

 

2007 Winner in "Songs from the Heart" Competition for his song "Feather Fingers"

2008 Featured performer at North-by-Northeast Music Festival

2009 Canadian Region Finalist in the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest

2009, 2010, 2011 Featured performer at Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival


With a professional musical career spanning 3 decades, D'Arcy Wickham brings maturity and depth to his performing and songwriting talents. "He showcases an exceptional facility with all styles of guitar picking, from elegant folk to atmospheric blues, and with his gifts as a composer of comfortingly retro, acoustic-based pop songs. He's in fine voice as well - a full, truly pitched baritone graces his compositions." (Greg Quill, Toronto Star)

D'Arcy has had a wealth of excellent performance and workshop experience over the past few years.  D'Arcy's three appearances at Toronto's Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival in 2009, 2010 and 2011 have seen him share the workshop stage with such musicians as Wendell Ferguson, Rick Taylor, Danny Marks, Margaret Stowe, David Gillis and Steve Briggs. As a performer at the Bruce Cockburn Tribute at Hugh's Room in Toronto in October of 2009, D'Arcy was in the excellent company of Jason Fowler, Andy Sheppard, Michael Johnson and Heather Luckhart, among others. June of 2008 was the occasion of his first appearance at the NXNE Music Festival in Toronto. In April of 2008, D’Arcy was one of three featured performers and workshop leaders at the Waterloo Guitar Summit. In December 2007, D'Arcy showcased for the Hamilton Folk Club. On Nov. 17, 2007, he opened for Jon Brooks, and accompanied Jon on a few tunes, at the Acoustic Harvest Folk Club in Toronto. On Sept. 20, 2007, D'Arcy joined Ian North and Clela Errington to open the first City Roots Presents series at the Cameron House in Toronto. D'Arcy was the featured opening act on March 24, 2007 for Oliver Shroer at the Greenbank Folk Society. D'Arcy performed to a sold-out audience at Hugh's Room in Toronto for the release of his CD, Feather Fingers, and opened for Tommy Emmanuel there in 2005.

D'Arcy's first solo recording, "Dust and Loneliness", which was produced by Ian Thomas and released in 2000, received critical acclaim. Tracks from the CD were featured on two composite CD's: Borealis Records' "6 Strings North of the Border" vol. 2 and "Tears of a Thousand Years".

In 2005, D'Arcy released another critically acclaimed CD, Feather Fingers, which was produced by Jason Fowler. Greg Quill of the Toronto Star was particularly impressed with D'Arcy's facility and virtuosity on the guitar.

In August of 2007 the OCFF contacted D'Arcy to congratulate him on winning the instrumental category in the 2007 Songs from the Heart Contest, for his tune "Feather Fingers". D'Arcy showcased his tune at the "Songs from the Heart" awards ceremony at the OCFF conference on October 13.

In August of 2009, D'Arcy was selected as one of 10 finalists in the Canadian Region for the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest, on the strength of his song "Malahat Highway".

As a guitar teacher with some 30 years of instructional experience and as an award winning composer, D'Arcy has a wealth of musical background to drawn on in offering workshops: aspects of guitar technique, song writing, history of folk and blues, and live performance.

Well known in folk music circles, an outstanding guitar teacher, performer and composer, D'Arcy would make a great fit for any folk festival or roots music venue.


 Notable Musicians Who have worked and recorded with D'Arcy:

Ian Thomas George Oliver Dennis Pendrith Daniel Lanois
Peter Cardinali Guido Basso Bill Dillon Raffi
David Woodhead Rick Gratton Kerry Crawford Steve Goodman
Anne Lindsay Al Cross Dennis Keldie Kathryn Rose
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D'ARCY AS A TEACHER

Personalities who have studied with D'Arcy:
Shelagh Rogers — Host CBC Radio Show 'This Morning'
Daniel Lanois — Recording Artist/Producer (Bob Dylan,U2)
Ronnie Cox — Hollywood Actor ('Total Recall','Deliverance')
David McFarlane — Globe and Mail columnist,author
Evan Solomon — TV Host and author
Daniel Richler — TV host and author, son of Mordecai Richler
Liam Titcomb — SONY Music Recording Artist

Notable Personalities who have referred clients to D'Arcy
Gordon Lightfoot
David Wilcox
Danny Marks
Evan Solomon
Bruce Dowbiggan
Bill Cameron

 




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