David Lister
David Lister

Dave grew up south of Seattle in a community that lies along the eastern shores of Puget Sound. While he was in high school his older brother taught him a few chords on guitar and Dave immediately began writing songs, few of which he’s willing to perform publically, and with good reason.

After withdrawing from college Dave joined the army. He met his wife while he was stationed at a U.S. army  base in Italy. After being discharged, Dave and his new family spent a brief amount of time in the Seattle area before relocating to New England in late 1980.

David has been a singer-songwriter for over thirty-five years, and has been performing in front of appreciative audiences for more than two decades. He firmly believes that music should be participatory, and that with a century of recorded music stretching out behind us, personally created music had become a bit of an endangered species in the face of a large, monolithic recording industry. Fortunately, technology and the web have put some of the power back into the hands of musicians.

David currently hosts The Meeting House Stage, a monthly open mike in Rindge, New Hamsphire that usually takes place on the second Friday of each month. He’s also a member of The Bone Orchard Ramblers.

He is also the author of a New England centric blog, The Leisurely Blogger, as a way to share information about the many people he’s known, places he’s visited, and experiences he’s had during the past three decades as an adopted New Englander, writing about whatever interests him but focusing primarily on road trips, restaurants, recipes, and music.

David and his first and second wife, Elisa Benincaso (a wife so nice, he married her twice) have two grown sons, two fabulous daughters-in-law, and and two totally adorable grandchildren.