to the official website for Davide
Sanna. Davide is a guitarist and performer from Sardinia. He
combines styles that echo traditional folk roots mixed with his
innovative approach to playing the guitar and composing. We
hope you enjoy your visit to the site.
More info can be found at the
All the latest
We're delighted to
announce the release of Davide's new album. October 15th is THE
date for your diary! Watch this space for instructions on how to
order your copy. Crossing Borders contains 11 new tracks played
with some of the best musicians in London and Sardinia. The
album has already been praised by radio DJs and TV broadcasters
all the way from Europe to Australia. Don't miss out!!
THIS LINK to watch the TV
Special shown last month on Sardinian channel Sardegna1.
Includes interview, live footage and extracts from the new album
BREAKING NEWS: My
new album 'Crossing Borders' was voted no. 2 album of 2011 on
Folk On The fringe - 3MDR
Radio, Melbourne, Australia
The long wait is
over. At last the new album is available for download. You can
find Crossing Borders on all the big online stores including
In a few days I'm
off to Sardinia for a couple of shows. On Thursday 12th May I'm
taking part to a concert called
Sardinia Live Aid in support of
the campaign to prevent the Italian government from building
nuclear stations in Sardinia, an act that not only would ruin
the landscape and put to risk the lives of the population, but
would be anti-constitutional given the fact that a nationwide
referendum in the late eighties ruled overwhelmingly against
Italy going nuclear. On Friday 13th May I'm at the
for a 2 hour set of originals and covers with the
fabulous FBI-Club Band. After the big success in February we
couldn't resist the temptation of doing it again before the
The new album is
now mastered. The title is Crossing Borders and features 11
songs, ten originals and one cover. There have been some hurdles
on the way that caused an unexpected delay, but we're now
trustful that it will hit the shelves during summer 2011. Songs
from Crossing Borders were recently premiered on Australian
during the show Folk On The Fringe hosted by Phil Young.
The five new songs played in the show were very well received by
listeners in Australia and Europe.
Many thanks to the
band, the audience and the promoters for the wonderful night at
the FBI-Club. The musos were absolutely fantastic and the
Wembley Stadium roar at the end will forever be remembered.
On Friday 25
February I'll be playing at the FBI-Club in Quartu S.E.
(Sardinia). The formula of the show is to play a 90 minute set
with the house band. Even if we won't have the chance to
rehearse, we foolishly decided to play originals and some
complex covers. I only know 2/5 of the band members, one being
my brother Alessio on keyboards, but I've been told that they're
all top class musicians that never fail to pull off a great
Message to all my
friends in New Zealand. My thoughts are with the people in
Christchurch and the areas affected by the recent earthquake. I
hope you guys are all well! We had a fab night at the Harbour
Lights in Lyttelton a few years back. It's one of my fondest
memories and I hope we'll do it again some time in the near
The new album is
now mixed and all is ready for the next stage. Follow this space
for updates. It's been an intense couple of weeks. I think I've
earned a good holiday! Bye for now, DS
Ever wondered what
wine glasses, head torches and a sore throat have in common? The
answer my friend ...is in your
New blog entry about friendship, accordions, bass lines, vans
and back-breaking gigs.
Click me, honey!
...and then there
were drums! New blog entry: "The long anticipated session with
drummer Andrea Marongiu finally took place last night..."
New blog entry The
Return Of The Steel Guitar: "Lately we've been experimenting
quite a lot in the studio. Sometimes technology has been used in
order to 'get that sound'. Other times empirical solutions..."
Click here to read more
Click on the link
to read about my recording session with double bass player
I've just started
a new Studio Diary on my brand new blog. Please follow this
to see pictures and read about the making of my new album.
On Sunday February
the 14th I'll be taking part to this year's Party For Peace at
the Bedford in Balham. Come along if you're in town!
Happy New Year to
all of you lovely people! I wish the best for the new year,
hoping we can meet somewhere! 2009 was a good year for me and
the new year has in store some very exciting news indeed. I've
spent the last few weeks working on a new album. So far it's
been extremely good. Too good to want to stop now! I'm actually
enjoying the process so much that I don't feel like setting a
release date as yet. But for sure the long wait is almost over!
Now you can follow
me on Twitter and be my friend on Facebook and
MySpace. Please check out the
links above and ...keep in touch!
Listen to my
special broadcast on Australian radio
tomorrow at 9am GMT. I will be on the phone from Sardinia,
talking about my music and the music scene in my homeland.
The first series
of Music Room is now over. We'll be back, probably in the
autumn. Now though, it's time to concentrate 100 percent on my
music! Thanks to all the fans for their comments and wishes. I'm
glad you've enjoyed the series!
Yesterday's gig at
Hever Castle was awesome! The event was organised by Teenage
Cancer Trust. Please check them out at
I did a 30mins set, followed by 30 mins of performance by
Newton Faulkner. Great songs, top performer, and
lovely chap too! It was great being part of the event.
Okay, at long last
the best kept secret in the world ...of DS can be revealed: my
radio show is about to start! Thursday 23rd April at 7.10
British Time, the first episode of Music Room will be aired. MR
is a 50 minute show recorded in my little studio set in a
Victorian converted loft in the East End. I've always enjoyed my
radio experiences as a guest, much more than the TV counterpart.
This time, I thought, I'll give it a go and try to create the
kind of show I would be thrilled to be invited to. The result is
a program that includes songs from CDs and live performances and
interviews from guest and myself. I hope you enjoy listening to
it as much as I love doing it. So here the deal, every week you
listen to the show on
www.radiopress.it and, if you
live in Sardinia on 93.5 FM. The same program is also aired
Friday morning at 10.05 (BT) and Sunday at 6pm.
January: log on
and listen to live podcast of Cassonetto Differenziato
live from Cagliari. Davide is guest
and will chat with host Paolo Putzu and perform live tracks.
It's all live and improvised, so make you voice heard and email
or call for questions, requests and comments. It all happens
between 7pm and 8pm this coming Monday.
'Sonos E Contos' published a 2
page article about Cagliari-born London-based Davide Sanna.
Davide appeared on
Sonora on Sardinian TV network Videolina on Friday 2nd January.
The program concentrates on Sardinian non-traditional music.
Davide was shown on a solo live version of Destroy The Temple.
November I will take part to the PARTY4PEACE BENEFIT at THE
BEDFORD for STOP THE WAR COALITION.
30th July 2008
MEDIA PAGE to listen to the
newly uploaded interview with Davide on Sardinian top radio
station Radio Press, recorded in January 2007. (many thanks to
Vito Biolchini and Alberto Urgu).
19th June 2008
The Bird's Nest Studio is up and running. It's nothing more (and
nothing less) than a home studio, but it's intimate, inspiring
...and so quaint!
Plans for a few solo dates in Norway are under way. The
mini-tour should take place between June and July. Updates will
More on the Harrods gig: James from Edinburgh emailed with
questions on the Harrods show. Unfortunately I can't upload mp3s
as at the last minute I realised my mini-disc was out of charge.
As far as I know the video is the only recording existing. I
can, however, provide the setlist: 1.Driving Back Home (Davide
on acoustic, Gianluca on electric) 2.Destroy the Temple (full
band) 3.Beyond the Rock Of Gibraltar 4.One More Cup Of Coffee
5.New In This World 6.Three Months Of Rain
- On display at
Harrods was the famous guitar of Rory Gallagher. When I was 10 I
borrowed his Irish Tour '74 double album from a friend. It was
probably the first electric guitar I'd ever listen with
attention. I fell in love with Rory's wild licks and voice!
Million miles away and Too much alcohol are still in my mp3
Here I am,
25 years later, facing the source of such delightful sounds.
Rest in peace, Rory!
Here's a short clip from the
Harrods gig with the all-Sardinian band. The line was only
decided 3 days before the show. In such a short time we had to
rearrange acoustic guitar ballads for an electric band. I had
the easy bit, since I know those songs reasonably well (I should
do, shouldn't I?). The boys had a much more difficult task, and
they surely did an excellent job! Put your hands together for Gianluca Corona (drums and electric guitar), Claudio Corona
(keyboards) and Gabriele Martini (bass).
Davide plus band will do an electric set at the guitar
exhibition at Harrods, London on 3rd February 2007.
Hailed as the biggest guitar exhibition in Europe (featuring
over 150 guitars), the vast collection will include "The Frying
Pan" - the world's first electric guitar (circa 1931). On show
will be many rare and extremely valuable guitars, both vintage
and modern. "Born To Rock" gathers into one place priceless
guitars played by the likes of Brian Jones, Keith Richards, Noel
Gallagher, The Edge, The Velvet Underground, John Lee Hooker,
Ted Nugent, Marc Bolan, Neil Young, Eddie Cochrane, and blues
legend Rory Gallagher. "I'm so thrilled to be part of such an
event. Me and the lads are working on new arrangements and
songs. My electric guitars have begging for attention for quite
some time. Here's
their chance to show what they can do! The old acoustic will still be present
though!". See the dates page for performance details. Here you
can visit the
A radio interview to Davide will be aired tomorrow at 6pm
European time. Radio Press is one of Sardinia's foremost radio
Listen here to live broadcast.
Brinsley Sheridan's book of poetry "50-something" has
finally been published. I took part to the official launch at
Rada and performed his wonderful 'Dream Machine' as well as some
of his favourite tunes, including 'Driving Back Home', 'Wish You
Were Here' and 'Don't Think Twice, It's Alright'. In the back
cover of the book there's a few quotes, including my personal
praise of Brinsley's art and humanity.
Here's where you can buy your copy of the
here to see some recent pictures.
On the 1st of May (Bank Holiday Monday) I'll take part to the
International Guitar Festival in the South Bank in London. The
show starts at 6pm on the Foyer stage at the Queen Elizabeth
Hall/Purcell Room building. The set will last 45 minutes. For
here's the festival's website.
It took me some time, but in the end I decided to set up my page
on myspace.com. The address is, predictably, I must admit,
It's the chance to interact in a different way, with musicians,
promoters, music fan. Please spread the word and keep in touch.
Read review on Cambrian News, Wales: "The nearest phrase to
describing his music is, perhaps, 'Acoustic Folk Roots',
although his variety of styles drifts from Folk to Mediterranean
to Jazzy flavours, across countries and genres."
Read entire review here!
Yesterday's concert at the ExCeL was partially filmed by a
Norwegian TV Network. The track "Driving Back Home" will be
broadcast later this year. Stay tuned for updates!
The 13 minute TV special dedicated to Davide Sanna and Claudio
Corona will be broadcast tomorrow night (Sunday 8th January) at
7.30pm European time on Sardinian TV network
The program is called "Messaggero Sardo". It can also be watched
on satellite at
...click here for details! The special was
filmed in and around London last September by Italian journalist
Giacomo Serreli and features interviews and
unseen live footage.
Last night I took part to a special night at the Heathcote Blues
Jam to remember our friend and fellow guitarist Craig Fougere,
who passed away a week ago. Craig was a wonderful human being
and an excellent guitarist. Even during his illness he always
had a smile and kind words ready for you, and he always knew how
to make you feel special. He will be greatly missed! On
Wednesday 8th February there
will be a Tribute Night for Craig at which we will endeavour to
raise as much financial support as we possibly can for Craig's
wife and their three sons aged 7, 5 and 3. For the occasion a
guitar (Special Edition Signature Ace Frehley Custom, retailed
at over 900.00 pounds)
has kindly been
donated by Alan Clemens,
it is being
raffled to raise money for Craig's family. For info
email me or visit
Sheridan's Memorial Night
- Stop The
UK Distribution Deal
Folk Alliance Australia Review
Free Tibet Concert
Edinburgh Festival 2004
Cairns Post Review
Album available online
Beyond the Equator Tour
(Australia / New Zealand)
On TV in NZ
Frankston Guitar Festival
Australian Guitarist Magazine
'Beyond...' is released!
BBC Radio London
Abbey Rd Studios / TV
Happy New Year 2004
Edinburgh Festival 2003
On radio in the USA
End of an Era
With Brendan Crocker
Purcell Rooms, London, UK
Sardinia, Italy 2003
The Marquee, London, UK
With Roddy Frame