In a professional singing career spanning thirty-eight years Dave Bartram was the charismatic frontman and voice synonymous with the multi-million selling seventies and eighties’ hit-makers Showaddywaddy.
An avid traveller, during that time Dave has visited all seventy cities of the United Kingdom (69 official and one crown dependency), each with its own tale to tell.
In his second outing as a writer, hot on the heels of the side-splitting The Boys of Summer, Dave recollects a potpourri of on-the-road anecdotes borne of frustration, hysteria and triumph, focusing to a large degree on the seemingly endless scrapes befalling a touring performer, most with hilarious consequences.
In an honest, no holds barred appraisal All Mapped Out transports the reader to every hidden nook and cranny within the British Isles, from Inverness to Truro and Hull to tiny St. Davids, demonstrating the strength of character, but above all sense of humour required to endure a lifetime in the topsy-turvy sphere of rock ‘n’ roll.
I have travelled all my life down an endless open road
And I’ve borne witness to many wonders
While the seasons ebbed and flowed
Across the miles and seeds of doubt
Guess I had it all mapped out
That no matter where I roam
Ah there ain’t no place like home
(“Home” – words and music by Dave Bartram, 2013)