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David Hayes is an acclaimed bassist, guitarist, producer, singer and songwriter and veteran of over 5,000 stage performances.

David is best known for his work with Van Morrison beginning in 1972; he is the musician that has played more music with Van than anyone else.

No one else has played as many times with Van as David; through much of now 5 decades they have played thousands of shows and hundreds of sessions together.

David's first recording sessions with Van were in 1972; his career with Morrison would lead off with playing on "Warm Love" for the 1973 release of
Hard Nose The Highway. A memorable beginning to a long musical partnership.

David went on to complete all but 2 songs for that album before leaving on tour with Jesse Colin Young in support of Jesse's
Song For Juli album, which also features David's bass and backing vocals throughout.

He worked concurrently with both Van and Jesse until 1974, when David was invited to become a full-time member of Morrison's acclaimed band, The Caledonia Soul Orchestra, with which he played on the live album
It's Too Late To Stop Now, often regarded as one of the top live albums of all time. Through his time with Van, David helped to produce recordings and acted as bandleader and music director for many of Van's projects and tours.

In addition to
It's Too Late To Stop Now, recordings of David's stage performances can be found on Van Morrison's first ever DVD, Live at Montreux 1980/1974 released in 2006, and on the album made in their return to Belfast, Ireland, Live At the Grand Opera House Belfast (1984). Recordings made during the Pay The Devil tour (which took them to the legendary Ryman Auditorium and to Austin City Limits for the acclaimed television show and Festival in September, 2006) were released on the limited edition album Live At The Austin City Limits Festival. The first complete performances of Van's 1968 masterpiece Astral Weeks came in November 2008, with Van's band and guests in a transcendent performance featuring David on an antique string bass and were released on the CD and DVD Astral Weeks Live At The Hollywood Bowl (2009).

Other live recordings that feature David as a member of Van's bands include the BBC's
Live At the Rainbow Theater, London, an internet favorite.

The other Van Morrison studio albums David Hayes contributed to:
Veedon Fleece (1974); Into The Music (1979); Common One (1980), Beautiful Vision (1982), Inarticulate Speech Of The Heart (1983), A Sense Of Wonder (1985), No Guru, No Method, No Teacher (1986), Down The Road (2002), What's Wrong With This Picture (2003), Magic Time (2005), and Keep It Simple (2008).

The Philosopher' Stone: The Unreleased Tapes (1998) collected the unreleased recordings from sessions for many of the above albums.

In 1975, David returned to Jesse Colin Young's band for the tour which produced the recordings for On The Road (1976), followed by the studio recordings for Love On The Wing (1977) and American Dreams (1978), all accompanied by extensive touring. In all, David performed more than 1,000 shows with Jesse's bands.

From 1987 to 1997, David did some touring with Van and recorded and toured with Tanita Tikaram, but, primarily, he focused on his playing with Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes and on solo work.

David has released six solo albums. The first was in 1988:
Sunbathing In Leningrad; that was followed by Logos Through A Sideman in 1989 and Born Heroes in 1993.

He returned to Van's bands in the late 90's through 2010, then retired from international touring, moving with his family to the rural Northern California coast, but continues with Van's bands for North American gigs currently.

David continues as a session musician, recording on Karl Derfler productions in the San Francisco Bay Area and Bill Bottrell productions, including work with Sheryl Crow, and others.

Continuing his solo work, he released
Soul Diver in 2007, followed by In Stereo in 2011, and FolkJazz in 2013.

In 2014, David produced and played on the critically acclaimed album with folk artist Gwyneth Moreland
Ceilings Floors and Open Doors; and in 2017 they also completed and released the album Cider, Gwyneth's first for the new Blue Rose Music label.

In 2016, David and Gene Parsons finished and released their first album together as a duo
Gene Parsons and David Hayes.

David continues to perform solo and in duos, trios and quartets with Gene Parsons, Gwyneth Moreland, Steven Bates and others, along with his continuing work with Van Morrison.

Through his over 5 decades of playing, David has had the honor of performing and/or recording with greats like: Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Tom Waits, Bobby "Blue" Bland, John Lee Hooker, Solomon Burke, Peter Rowan and the Rowan Brothers, Graham Parker, Iain Matthews, Terry and the Pirates, Country Joe McDonald, and many many more.

David has also pursued visual arts along with his musical career and has painted or sketched the covers for all his solo albums.