Former guitarist with The Alarm, Dave Sharp, is bringing the spirit of 2017 to Swindon this month.

The Alarm got together in 1981 and had hits such as 68 Guns, Spirit Of '76, Rain In The Summertime, Rescue Me and Love Don't Come Easy and The Stand, which shot up the American charts when they were supporting U2 on their US tour.

Dave left The Alarm in 1990 to follow his own path and write his own songs. He worked out of New York and pulled together his first hit solo album, Hard Travellin', with producer Bob Johnston who had worked with Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Willie Nelson.

Dave was taken to the hearts of the Americans, winning a huge following from gigs such as the 25,000 crowd in Central Park, where he paid homage to his music hero Woody Gutherie on the occasion of his 80th birthday.

The guitarist spent time in New Orleans and San Francisco before returning to the UK in 2002.

The singer/songwriter and guitarist from Salford is a popular act at summer festivals and continues to tour all over the UK and on Thursday August 24 he will be performing at the Groves Company, 22-23 Fleet Street in Swindon from 8.30pm along with special guest Ali Finneran. For more details of the gig call 01793 480903. - Flicky Harrison