David Migden



I started playing the French Horn (the one with the hand up its flu) and played in a lot of youth orchestras and bands in Kent and ended up playing at the Royal Albert Hall (I’ll have you know). I then started singing and met Joe Gibson and from then on it all went down hill! I gigged and still gig as Migden & Gibson professionally as an acoustic duo. We supported some big blues artists and were played and talked about Bob Harris and Paul Jones.

I then did a blues album with Lee Sankey (an amazing harmonica player) and Matt Schofield (who is now an internationally renowned blues guitarist). The album was engineered by Phil Brown who worked with Bob Marley, Robert Palmer and many more which was a great experience. We toured around Europe with the album ‘My Day Is Just Beginning’, this was an enjoyable learning curve for me.

At this point I started to write my own material and went on to record an album called ‘Little Stranger’ with an amazing Bass player called Don Richardson. This album was well received and reviewed by the Guardian, the Times, Timeout and was played on Radio 2. I also played with Jamie Cullum during this time who supported me and the album. I then started to write with a more bluesy and anarchic style of composition and from that was born The Dirty Words (now the Twisted Roots).

We recorded and released ‘Second Hand Tattoo’ which was again well received by all critics at the time including a fantastic review by the BBC.

That brings us to ‘Killing It’ released in 2012. This album broke us to a much larger audience with international gigs, radio play and reviews.

‘Animal & Man’ is our newest and shiniest creation. This album is the best thing that I have done so far without a doubt! We hope you all like it as much as we do.

Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) by Jimi Hendrix (the sound that a man-god makes as he stomps through the world, wielding his electric machine without mercy)

Take it With Me When I Go by Tom Waits (In a land there’s a town
And in that town there’s
A house
And in that house
There’s a woman
And in that woman
There’s a heart I love
I’m gonna take it
With me when I go)

Wang Dang Doodle by Howlin’ Wolf (an insane party ,filled with violent crazy people who stink of fish hosted by the Devil)

God’s Song by Randy Newman (this is the greatest song about religion and the human condition I have ever heard)

Boob Scotch by Bob Log III (Childish song about boobs being dipped in alcohol sung by a one-man band in a jump suit, wearing a motorcycle helmet singing into a phone receiver. Heaven!)

For Emily Wherever I May Find Her by Simon and Garfunkel (this drowned me and when I awoke I was washed up at he shore of the women I love)

Neon Meate Dream Of An Octafish by Captain Beefheart (do I have to explain?)

Dark End Of The Street Ry Cooder live from Show Time (Vocals, Guitar, Wow)

Blues X Man by Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (YEEEESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

Get Off by Prince (how can something be so wonderfully obscene without swearing?)

Pirate Jenny sung by Nina Simone live (this made my son cry with fear which means that it is very good)

What is the Soul Of A Man by Blind Willie Johnson (voice of a ghost preacher)

Rant In E Minor by Bill Hicks (Prophet who died way too young and was more rock and roll then anything on the planet)

Gear: Benge Trumpet and a Loudspeaker

Other Interests
Running and cycling. This keeps me sane and strong. I have taken part in numerous races and cycle sportives and am in training to do the ironman triathlon. This is the second most important part of my life after music because music and exercise are sooooo goooood for you. Better than any drug you got!