Davy Knowles


Saturday 13th May 2017

Isle of Man Cyclefest is delighted to announce that it will stage the eagerly awaited home coming concert of local hero Davy Knowles. Davy, now based in blues capital that is Chicago, Illinois, will return to these shores for a Saturday evening concert alongside his full group, and is looking forward to playing outdoors in the grounds of historic Milntown Estate.

The journey began for Davy Knowles growing up in the Isle of Man, learning to play guitar from listening to the likes of Gallagher, Clapton, Knopfler, Green and Mayall in his father’s record collection, and honing his skills playing the local music circuit.

Davy’s professional career started with a bang – arriving in America age 19 with his band Back Door Slam, an acclaimed debut album, and rave reviews at SXSW 2007. From that dynamic introduction, Davy proceeded to make a significant impact across US media with memorable TV performances on Good Morning America, a three year run of singles and the recording of two albums that would break the Top 3 Billboard Blues Chart – including Davy’s sophomore album which was produced by the legendary Peter Frampton.

A relentless 4 years of touring followed in support of his albums, as well as touring with world famous musicians such as Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, The Who, George Thorogood, Joe Bonamassa, Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the Satriani/Hagar inspired supergroup Chickenfoot.


In 2014 as Ambassador for the Isle of Man’s “Year of Culture” he played the International Celtic Festival in Lorient, France, and that same year began filming the documentary Island Bound – tracking the migration of Celtic and European folk music.

It has been quite some journey for the young man from the Isle of Man, and there’s no sign of Davy slowing down as he unleashes his newest collection of songs that mark a return to his roots and the sounds that first ignited his passion for music.

Recorded exclusively in his adopted hometown of Chicago, the capital of electric blues, Davy began the recording process for Three Miles From Avalon with a fresh approach, one that has resulted in a dynamic, gutsy sound. He offers, “I wanted to go back to the basics. The band and myself have racked up a lot of playing time together, and I wanted to capture that ‘live’ feel in the studio. I wanted that lovely warm, vintage sound that only tape and glowing tubes can do.”

That raw, vintage sound is evident throughout the album and its one that is guaranteed to wow visitors to Cyclefest as Davy fills Saturday evening’s headline slot with his big retro guitar riffs. And we, along with the rest of the Island, can’t wait!


Festival wristbands are available now from the shop with deliveries for Christmas on all orders received by Monday 19th December.