David like a brother to other members of Wexford band
Published 24/11/2015 | 00:00
David Hamilton, one of Wexford's most talented musicians of his genre, first met Nicky Bailey, the director of Extreme Rhythm, when he was a member of the Fife and Drum Band.
By David Tucker
'He was an extremely talented chap,' Nicky said of David when news of his tragic death broke in 2012.
David became one of the original members of Extreme Rhythm and went on to perform at top venues and events at home and abroad.
These included the Formula One Grand Prix in the USA, the Guinness Festival in Switzerland and the Milan Fashion Week and the 2011 X-Factor show on television, which was watched by millions.
He performed on the 2010 Celtic Woman DVD which went Platinum in 28 countries.
Despite living in Cork, David never missed a Wexford rehearsal for Extreme Rhythm and travelled home regularly to practice with the other band members.
He played Japanese drums of all sizes, but primarily with large Okaiko.
His passion was music in all its forms and was a keen DJ with friends descibing him as a genius on the decks.
'He was a devoted father to Lee. He was a beautiful dad to his son. Lee was his whole world,' said Nicky.
David's partner Isabelle and son Lee lived with him at Ballincollig, in Cork.
He is the son of Victor and Margie Hamilton, of Killeens, and has a brother Peter.
Nicky said at the time of David's death that members of the band could believe what had happened. 'He was like a brother to us.'