Who is Dæv?


Daev (pronounced Dave) Clysdale is a musician from Ottawa, now living in Toronto. Daev plays Irish traditional music on wooden flute, tin whistle, accordion and piano. He has now been playing, performing and composing music for over twenty years.

The son of a classical viola player, Daev was encouraged to explore music at a young age and quickly demonstrated a talent for playing classical music on piano and clarinet. Later, as a teenager, Daev first heard Irish traditional music through recordings of groups such as The Bothy Band, Planxty and The Chieftains, and this sparked an interest in traditional music that would shape the rest of his life. At age sixteen, he purchased his first tin whistle, and immediately began to teach himself to play tunes on it. Ever since then, Daev has been passionately dedicated to the playing of Irish traditional music.

From 2000-2004, he studied in the music program at Carleton University, where he became well versed in music theory, musical composition, and ethnomusicology. He began his degree performing classical music on clarinet, but after two years he left classical music behind to set up his own program playing Irish music. With the aid of his teachers Anj Daub and Duncan Gillis, Daev became the first in Canada to earn a performance degree in tin whistle.

Following the completion of his degree, Daev continued to play the tin whistle, while also developing his skill on flute, piano and piano accordion. Now, after years of playing sessions, ceilis, weddings, and other events, he has developed a reputation as a skilled performer and teacher. In 2012, Daev competed in the prestigious Midwest Fleadh Cheoil in Chicago, placing first in tin whistle and third on flute. From there he went on to travel to Ireland, playing against the very best in the world.

Since 2013, Daev has been a regular touring member of the group Rant Maggie Rant.