Son of Victoria Elliott, Principal Soprano with The
Sadlers Wells Opera from mid 50s to 60s. He "studied" (very
loose terminology) piano from the age of 11 until he was chucked out of
a local Chapel for playing boogie woogie 9 months later.
In 1965 was asked to form The Circle with Ramfis Trujillo on guitar and
Kaveh Golaston on bass. Learnt to play drums damn quickly for 1st
recording at Pye, under Circle Records, six months later. Other bands
around this time included: RSV, People Like Us, William Guppy's Blues
Band, & The Peter White Arrangement. He went on to drum for The
Austin Hippy Blues Band (Glastonbury), notable members included Harry
Williamson & Rick McPhail. Played Glastonbury (Town Hall!!!) with
champion Jack Dupree in late "sixties.
The 1st Blues Consortium was formed in Ealing around 1968 with Dan
Tester & Brian Allen on guitars, George Mariniak on bass, Malcolm
Mellersh on vocals and David on drums. Around this time he started to
play about on guitar & piano, more of a note here and a note next
week, but the start of the path to the present day Blues Consortium.
From 1968 to 1973 he played drums for various Blues, Jazz, Prog Rock and
Show Bands until giving it all up in '74 and "settling
down"!!!! (big mistake, don't do it). He moved to Peterborough in
'76, wrote a bit, in fact wrote a lot but all put on ice. David
unsettled down and remarried in '94 to Miranda, love, support, masses of
encouragement and "someone to throw her knickers at" lead to
the willingness and enthusiasm to learn bass guitar (new instrument),
for Montage a local Heavy Metal covers band. 3 hours a day, 7 days a
week for 3 months to 1st gig. Stayed with them for 18 months before
being unceremoniously dumped by "The Management". The track
"How They Turn" was penned in honour the event, which went on
to be a regular part of the Tamer set listing.
After Montage, David teamed up with Chris Howard, Neil Johns (Blues
Consortium), Edward Holland, to form The Lion Tamers, later shortened to
Tamer on bass & Keyboards. This was a covers/originals band, who
released through Circle Records the single CD "Hey Gondalay".
Played bass guitar for The Mary Hinge Experience & occasional drums
for the Willingham Jazz All Stars.
From April 2004 to September 2006 David was the regular drummer for King
Rollo’s Rhythm & Blues Band. The most memorable gigs with Rollo’s band
were as part of a mini tour to support the reformation of the legendary
Country Joe Band which included 4/5ths of the original Fish. Other
highlights include depping on Bass at 3 days notice for Cumbrian based
Texas Blues Band "The Cahonies" in Aug 2004. Much thanks to Ade & Kevin
for their patience.
Currently (since November 2006)
David is teamed with King Rollo as Dr. A & King Rollo (two old gits play
the blues). Tours the country from Cumbria to Kernow, with the
occasional forays into Cymru.
www.two-old-gits.com Highlights include: Headlining at Colne,
Ecofest and Small World festivals. Full stage shows for Rotherham Open
Arts Festivals, 2007 and 2008 finales in the famous Speigaltent.
- Aynsley Dunbar
- Ginger Baker
- Bev Bevan
- Joe Morello
- Mick Fleetwood.
- Jacques Loussier
- John Mayall
- Christine Perfect
- Roy Ayers
- Jools Holland
- Peter Green
- Kim Simmonds
- JJ Cale
- Pat Metheny
- King Rollo
- Peter Green
- John Mayall
- Chris Youlden
- JJ Cale
To keep playing "live", have a good time and
play The Jools Holland Show one day.
Pint in left hand, right hand on the black 'n' whites
with leg(s) in the air.
- The Circle - Instant Party - Circle Records/Pye - 1966
- RSV - Don't Think of Me - Pye 1967
- David Astell - Blues For The World - Circle Records - 1999
- Tamer - Hey Gondalay - Circle Records - 1999
- Montage - The Class of '98 - Circle Records - 1999
- Alex Orange - Ethereal and Beyond - Circle Records - 2000
- Various Artists - Covers and Origs - Circle Records - 2001
- David Astell - No Boundaries II - Circle Records - 2002
- Dr.A's Blues Consortium - Blues Consortium "Live" -
Circle Records - 2002
- Dr.A's Blues Consortium - 18 Months On And Still Barking - Circle
Records - 2003
- Dr.A's Blues Consortium - Live at Blues and Jazz by The Green -
Circle Records - 2003
- King Rollo’s Upfoot Blues Band – Live at Blues and Jazz by
The Green – Circle Records – 2004
- King Rollo’s Rhythm & Blues Band – Live at The Feathers – Circle
Records – 2004
- King Rollo’s Rhythm & Blues Band – Live at The Leopard – Circle
Records - 2005
- Two Old Gits – Blues for Night People – Circle Records - 2006
- Dr. A’s Blues Consortium – It Used to Work Once –Circle Records –
- King Rollo – Jook Joint – Live Arts – 2007
- King Rollo and The Band of Brothers – John Doe, A Story of The Blues
(sound track from the stage show) – Live Arts 2007
- Dr. A & King Rollo – Chillin’ – Circle Records – 2008
- King Rollo and The Band of Brothers – John Doe, A Story of The Blues – Live Arts - 2007