Wing and a Prayer is composed of Dave Dick and Jim Gilbert. Dave started learning the 6 string acoustic guitar around 1967. In 1970 while both were on the Isle of Arran, he was given advice(and a glass slide) on blues tunings for his guitar by none other than Fraser Spiers, the Scottish harmonica wizard(now playing in Paolo Nutinis band)...that style has been his mainstay for almost 40 years.
Dave played in folk bands such as 'The Whole Hog' in 1970s folk clubs, where his blues style skills were seldom called upon. Busking trips to London and Paris further toughened up his playing and performing at this time.
In 1977, a chance encounter with the very young Eddi Reader in Kilmarnock Folk Club, lead to the formation of the trio Pigmeat, along with guitarist Angus Aird. Soon after this – in 1979 Dave began his career as a professional bird conservationist...an all encompassing area of work, although he often travelled with a guitar in the boot of his car. This self imposed exile from performing, started to unravel, when he played at the memorial concert for the much missed, superb folk guitarist Tony Cuffe, in Glasgow, with his old friend from the 1970s, the guitarist Jim Gilbert.
Jim started gigging at 16, playing soul music on electric guitar - songs mainly from the Stax Label by the likes of Wilson Pickett, Joe Tex. This took him on to the folk club/festival circuit playing solo and with a variety of blues/swing bands. He then spent several years studying music and tutoring guitar before renewing an old partnership with Dave Dick in 'Wing and a Prayer'. For the last 5 years and more, Dave and Jim have been playing, to increasing acclaim, as 'Wing and a Prayer', at Festivals, folk clubs, cafes and teahouses and the occasional pub. As of July 2009, Dave and Jim are now both full time musicians.
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