David McGuinness divides his time between historical Scottish music and contemporary work. As director of early music ensemble Concerto Caledonia he has made thirteen albums, mostly of newly-rediscovered repertoire. The group has also collaborated with musicians in a variety of genres, including punk cabaret mavericks The Tiger Lillies, the late Dundonian songwriter Michael Marra, and English folk pioneer Martin Carthy. The group’s Revenge of the Folksingers project brought together early music improvisers with singers Alasdair Roberts, Olivia Chaney, Jim Moray and Mairi Campbell.
David has been a music producer and composer on several seasons of E4’s TV drama Skins, including collaborations with Gabrielle Aplin, Rae Morris, and the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. In 2007 he produced John Purser’s 50-part history of Scottish music for BBC Radio Scotland and co-ordinated the station’s observance of No Music Day with the artist Bill Drummond.
He is Senior Lecturer in music at the University of Glasgow, and was principal investigator on the AHRC-funded research project Bass Culture in Scottish Musical Traditions.