Davis is one of those musicians who makes everything look easy. He
plays superb old-time fiddle, is a master of clawhammer banjo and
just as good on guitar, mandolin or mandocello, without ever striving
too hard for showy licks or empty virtuosity. His singing, based on
long immersion in the styles of the old singers is truly timeless,
conjuring vividly the world of the cowboy or the Civil War soldier.
“When Jeff Davis sings the repertoire of the Appalachian Mountains,”
said the Chronicle Herald of Nova Scotia, “he cuts through decades
and across borders, sitting us right down in the dirt in front of
a weather-beaten shack, at the feet of a hillbilly singer - he combines
authenticity and art in a rare way.” Jeff has an unusual and
refreshing repertoire that includes songs and music from New England
and the American West, as well as the more common Southern mountain
material. His performances range from Appalachian ballads to Long
Island fiddle tunes, songs of the civil war to African-American-style
worked for many years with Jeff Warner in a partnership described
by the American magazine Dirty Linen in a review of their album Wilder
Joy as “one of the best old-time duos to be found in this whole
country”. Since striking out as a soloist, Davis has been busy
with educational projects, while still finding time for regular tours
of the UK. His solo CD, Some Fabulous Yonder, released in 2007, attracted
very enthusiastic reviews.
Jeff has played major folk festivals on both sides of the Atlantic,
including Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival in Nova Scotia (where he
is virtually a fixture on the bill), and US events including Old Songs,
NY, Summerfest, MA., Mystic Seaport, CT, and many others. In England
he has appeared at The National Folk Festival, Towersey, Whitby, Fylde,
Bromyard, Chippenham and Cleethorpes, and was special guest at the
all-star “Songlinks” concert at Cecil Sharp House, London.
of the outstanding performers of the American folk revival.... Jeff
has a lovely lived-in voice and he ranges widely through the many
strands that make up the American tradition whilst providing exquisite
accompaniments on banjo, mandocello, and guitar…. one of the
finest old-time fiddle players”
fine interpreter of traditional song”
Sing Out! (USA)
singing or playing, Jeff Davis' work oozes class and commitment ….
He has deep understanding and love of his material and lets those
qualities show through in performance”
The Living Tradition (UK)
Jeff plays Lincoln
Street and Shortnin'
recorded live at Walthamstow Folk Club, April 2005, with Brian Peters,
Gal, from Jeff's forthcoming CD "Some Fabulous Yonder"
with Brian Peters, melodeon.