With his large repertoire of traditional British folk songs and original tunes, Dave Toye has become a regular presence on the pub circuit of Sussex since 1986. His song, "Bold Reynolds," which he recorded with ex-Fairport Convention drummer Dave Mattacks on keyboards, was covered by British folksinger Martyn Windam Read. Toye's interests in traditional music were sparked by the folksingers that he heard at the Redhill folk club in 1962. Listening to recordings by Bob Dylan and Blind Boy Fuller as a student at the University of Loughborough inspired him to teach himself to play acoustic guitar. Together with Tony Eckersley, Toye opened a folk club in Horsham in 1969. Joined by harmonica player Ross "Snake Hips" Jacques, Toye and Eckersley began performing at pub sessions as a trio. Toye learned many tunes from British folk song collector Ken Stubbs and traditional singers, including Harry Holman, George Spicer, and Scan Tester, who he heard at pub sessions. Since 1998, Toye has performed with the Flying Toads, an Irish music dance band that he shares with Keith (bouzouki, tenor banjo, low whistles, vocals), Val (vocals, concertina, bodhran, octave mandolin, fiddle), and John Carroll.
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