Acoustic Roots & Blues
A troubadour with goldfingers
In the early 1970s, Banovich moved back to Scotland where he played the bustling, influential folk-circuit, a club-scene that gave rise to many greats. Back then, he was known in Glasgow as the “Almost Blind Boy Banovich” because of his downhome picking style.
And if that was not enough of a travelling musical pedigree, the bard again upped sticks in 2002 with a move to Brittany, in France, where he currently works and is firmly based.
Banovich has now been playing his «acoustic roots & blues» mix for more than 40 years at concerts, festivals, clubs and venues in Scotland, England and France, but also in Scandinavia, in the US and in West Africa. His music is built around the traditional acoustic blues, drawn from the deepest roots of the delta, but also swing, ragtime, americana and folk blues.
CD: "Run to You" (2021)
Amongst the twelve tracks of his new effort «Run To You» (self-produced), Dik Banovich proposes nine classic numbers which were given a fresh coat of paint. By summoning the spirits of the old-timers (Bo Carter, Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Alfred Reed, Richard M. Jones, Mell Tillis, Norman Blake and Leadbelly), Banovich demonstrates once again that he plays his blues from the roots.
As for the icing on the cake, he’s added three original tracks that resonate with freshness in our Spotify-scarred ears. From his garden between Saint-Brieuc and Pontivy (France), the bard signs here the vocals, the guitars, the banjo and the arrangements, while the recording, the mixing, the mastering and the cover art were ensured by his companion, Jackie Calley.
Few musicians know how to sublimate sharing in musical expression like this Francophile Scot. Too often seen as a journeyman musician, Banovich establishes himself hereas a troubadour in his own right, blending what is most traditional about the blues with what could be its future. The very definition of authenticity…
VidEo: Carrefour du blues (France - 2016)
More videos available on YouTube…
Dik Banovich: his life, his work...
Dik Banovich: firmly anchored in the blues
- A guy who is deservedly growing in national popularity (Blues Matters Magazine, UK)
- Banovich serves up a cracking dish of blues peppered with his own writing. (Cashbox Magazine, Canada)
- The bard picks his acoustic blues with both flair and passion (elmoremagazine.com, USA)
- His fretwork is always interesting, punchy and positively strong. (Music News Chicago, USA)
- A road-weary, musical troubadour that produces genuine pearls. (Concerto Magazine, Austria)
- The guitar work is flawless and his gruff voice made a perfect match for the blues. (Guernesey Folk Club, UK)
- His voice is wonderfully posed on his traditional field blues. (https://blues.gr/profiles/blogs, Greece)
- An accomplished singer/songwriter with his feet firmly planted in the blues. (www.bluesinthesouth.com, UK)
- His fingerpicking is a treat. (Blues’n’Co – Autrement Blues, France)
- This musician, composer and interpreter, enchants his public. (Le Télégramme, France)
- A dazzling concert for a conquered public. (Ouest France, France)
- An exceptional acoustic guitarist. (Eric Diard, Terri Thouars Blues Festival, France)