Dave Bakey hails from Gloucester City, NJ and has been playing and studying guitar from an early age. He grew up listening to experimental, alternative and rock music from bands such as Incubus and RX Bandits.

His dad gave him his first guitar when he was 10 and Dave started teaching himself to play by ear and with the help of some of his elder brothers and friends. He was a quick study and his first public performance was a year later to a crowd of over 1000 people at a school basketball game, where he played the Star Spangled Banner. From there he started his first band, playing local venues in Gloucester and Philadelphia throughout high school. On graduating Dave auditioned and was selected out of a record number of applicants to attend the prestigious music school Berklee College in Boston. However, he had just started his own band Tsunami Rising, and declined his place at Berklee to tour and pursue his career with the band.

Dave met Keith Harkin when he was on tour in Philadelphia with Celtic Thunder and he later toured Ireland with both Keith and Tsunami Rising. Keith introduced Dave to Celtic Thunder producer Sharon Browne and she asked him to join the Celtic Thunder band. Dave has been touring with Celtic Thunder since 2012 and he is featured on the show’s most recent Public Television special“Mythology”.