David Thorpe is a multi instrumentalist with writing and musical strengths in the Blues, Country, Folk and Celtic genres with a solid understanding of rock.

Specifically, a harmonica player, David has a large support network of musicians around him covering just about every instrument in existence. He also teaches Harmonica and runs music workshops in Christchurch. 

Originally from the UK, David moved to Christchurch NZ in 2003. Until recently he spent almost 12 years in the Irish group The Black Velvet Band as well as performing solo and in other combos (The Hicks, Li'l Chuck and Johnny Ginger, The Swarm to name a few). He currently performs in and manages The Vanguard - the official house band of Canterbury rugby team, The Crusaders, and performs asLi'l Chuck The One Man Skiffle Machine - an authentic one man band performing 'good time music with old time style'. 

David composed an EP last year for the centenary of The Ralph Mine Disaster in Huntly.

He was also commissioned to write an ad campaign for the NZ Red Cross and won second prize in a Rockshop jingle competition.

David has the ability to write in many styles and enjoys writing to brief. He likes working to deadlines and prides himself on his professionalism.

“Take note all aspiring stars or journeymen; if you can do half as well as this you might have a fighting chance. Five stars.”
Darryl Kirk, NZ Musician

“An old-school rent-party musician with a quirky line in storytelling”
Mike Alexander, Sunday Star Times

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