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Church organist by day…

David Baranowski, Tarrytown NY, Oct 25, 2012; photo © Nick Soveiko cc-by-sa

David Baranowski, a.k.a. Bard David, keyboard player for Blackmores’s Night for some 11 years, was interviewed by his local Connecticut e-paper. This provides a rare glimpse of the band’s inner workings from a perspective slightly different from the titular couple.

Q: How did you end up playing with Blackmore?

A: There was a guy that was touring with them as a violinist that I went to college with and the keyboard player before me left for some reason or another, and they usually replace the members by word of mouth. So this guy suggested me, which was surprising because I didn’t really know him that well. I went down and did three auditions and then that was it, we went on tour.

Q: How do you mix the different lifestyles of church organist and rock ‘n’ roll musician?

A: Very carefully. As rock tours go, it fits into my schedule pretty well because it’s mostly summertime, which is really a down season for church.

Read more at newstimes.com.



7 Comments to “Church organist by day…”:

  1. 1
    Gordon Noronha says:

    Wow. Love Ritchie, want to get Blackmore’s night

  2. 2
    Drdp says:

    I’ll be seeing Bard David,TMIB,Candice and the other Minstrels May 24 @ The Ridgefield Playhouse in Connecticut. Awesome venue. Can’t wait.

  3. 3
    KlausVonScribe says:

    The guy is a great keyboard player – excellent showman – and a solid fit in the band. Wished they had asked him if he, and the other band members perform on the recordings.

  4. 4
    Anthony says:

    Interesting little article about a very talented keyboard player. He has been in Ritchie’s band for quite some time and he and Ritchie both connect very well. Saw the band in York a few years ago and he was entertaining to say the least 🙂

  5. 5
    J.e. Boyce says:

    Got a chance to talk to him a couple of times at BN concerts. Great humble guy and incredible talent.

  6. 6
    HZ says:

    Saw BN and he’s great key player indeed. If Mr. Richard 🙂 wanted to do some rock shows, he doesn’t need to look for someone else.

  7. 7
    Brian says:

    I’d happily let him play organ/keyboard at my church. 🙂

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