Davey Faragher

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Davey Faragher
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Background information
Birth nameDavid Allen Faragher
Born (1957-08-18) August 18, 1957 (age 64)
OriginRedlands, California
GenresPop punk
InstrumentsBass, Vocals
Years active1977–present
LabelsVirgin, Cooking Vinyl, Savoy / 429 Records, Island, Lost Highway, Verve Forecast, Hear Music
Associated actsElvis Costello, John Hiatt, Cracker, Richard Thompson

David Allen "Davey" Faragher (born August 18, 1957)[1][2] is an American bass guitarist from Redlands, California. Faragher's career took off and received critical notice as a founding member of the nineties band Cracker, and his subsequent work with John Hiatt's band, and The Imposters, the backing band for Elvis Costello since 2001. In 2015, Faragher joined Richard Thompson's Electric Trio for Thompson's Still album and US tour.

Faragher is an accomplished session musician, and has a strong portfolio of performances with notable musicians.


In the mid-to-late 1970s, Faragher recorded three albums with his brothers Danny Faragher, Jimmy, and Tommy Faragher as The Faragher Brothers. Later, the band was renamed The Faraghers for a fourth album, featuring fifth brother Marty and sister Pammy. From there he became one of Los Angeles' most sought after bass players, and was featured in Bass Player magazine in February, 2001.

He also plays club gigs where he currently resides in Los Angeles near fellow Imposter Pete Thomas and guitarist Val McCallum under the band name Jackshit. The trio was featured in the Spring 2002 issue of Grindstone Magazine.


Faragher was a founding member of the band Cracker in the early 1990s. Faragher shared a writing credit on the band's 1993 hit "Low," among others, and was given the cover feature story of BAM magazine in July 1992. During his time in Cracker, Faragher would perform in a dress.[3][4][5] When the band performed on Late Night with David Letterman, the show's host made a joke about it.[6]

John Hiatt collaboration[edit]

After his departure from Cracker late in 1993, Faragher became bass player in John Hiatt's band through the late 1990s. He was credited as associate producer for John Hiatt's 1995 Walk On album, and producer (with Hiatt) on his 1997 Little Head album.

Session work[edit]

Faragher has worked much of his career as a session musician, recording with such notables as The Monkees (on their 1986 reunion album Pool It!), David Crosby, John Phillips, Wanda Jackson, Dusty Springfield, Red House Painters, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Susanna Hoffs, Vonda Shepard, Joan Osborne, Ronnie Montrose, Mark Kozelek, Shivaree, Guster, The Finn Brothers, Camper Van Beethoven, Chantal Kreviazuk, Allen Toussaint, Dr. Zwig,[7] Buddy Guy, Willy DeVille and The Ditty Bops. He is thanked in the liner-notes for Counting Crows' hit single "Hanginaround" on This Desert Life (produced by former Cracker bandmate David Lowery).

In February 2007, he was seen playing the part of the bass player in Scrantonicity, the band featured in The Office episode, "Phyllis' Wedding." In January 2008, it was reported in Billboard that a new supergroup tentatively called the Scrolls, (now officially Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.)) had formed. The octet is composed of Faragher, Sean Watkins (guitar), his sister Sara Watkins (fiddle), Glen Phillips (guitar, vocals), Benmont Tench (piano), Luke Bulla (fiddle), Greg Leisz (various), and Pete Thomas (drums). The group released their debut album in late 2009. In 2010, Faragher played as a session bassist for The Union, a Grammy Award-nominated collaboration by Elton John and Leon Russell.


With Elton John and Leon Russell

With Dusty Springfield

With Andrew Ridgeley

With Katey Sagal

  • Room (Valley Entertainment, 2004)
  • Covered (E1 Music, 2013)

With Susanna Hoffs

With Heather Nova

With Paul Young

With Rufus Wainwright

With Missy Higgins

With A. J. Croce

With Daniel Powter

With Jenny Lewis

With Tracy Bonham

With Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer

With Ron Sexsmith

With Jann Arden

With Elvis Costello

With Sheryl Crow

With Michael Grimm

With Vonda Shepard

  • By 7:30 (Jacket Records, 1999)
  • Chinatown (Edel Records, 2002)

With Teddy Thompson

With Robbie Williams

With Olivia Newton-John

With Ilse DeLange


  1. ^ Davey Faragher 1957- faqs.org
  2. ^ "Free Family Tree, Genealogy and Family History - MyHeritage". www.myheritage.com.
  3. ^ Writer, JOHN M. MORAN; Courant Staff. "CRACKER A HARD BAND TO DEFINE, BUT EASY TO LIKE". courant.com.
  4. ^ 3.Cameras.and.a.Microphone (17 August 2015). "Cracker- Cattle Club, Sacramento Ca. 7/10/92 Part 1 from 8mm Master!" – via YouTube.
  5. ^ BOEHM, MIKE (1 January 1993). "POP MUSIC REVIEW : Down and Dirty at the Coach House : Cracker's motley crew plays a greasy brand of rock with raspy melodies and rich harmonies. Opening act Eli Riddle shows real potential with its sparkling set" – via LA Times.
  6. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UuaDT8220M
  7. ^ "New EP by Adam Zwig August 18". skopemag.com.