Welcome to Dave Warner’s website

‘Suburban Boy’ Dave Warner gained national recognition as a musician-songwriter with the gold album MUG’S GAME. Indeed Bob Dylan declared Warner his favourite Australian songwriter. In the early 1980s Dave gave up a full time music career to diversify into other areas of creative arts but 2017 marked the return of Dave's recording with the amazing album WHEN, featuring original band members and a host of Australia’s best musicians. This came hard on the heels of the digital release of his little-known classic album SURPLUS & DEARTH.

2019 was a very productive year for Dave in relation to music. In March Dave teamed with Australia’s premier surf guitarist Martin Cilia to record a single NO GOOD CAN COME FROM THIS. In a world first the song was written in the early 1960s style to exactly match Dave’s 2019 crime novel RIVER OF SALT . The original song is actually performed in the book by the lead character Blake. Readers can listen to the song and increase the reading experience. Throughout 2019 Dave and Martin worked with Dave’s wife Nicole to finish of her album which they began more than twenty years earlier. The thirteen track album FOREVER AND A DAY will be officially released in 2020 but the single NO FENCES is already available. Dave also remastered and digitally released his comedy Rugby League album DARK SIDE OF THE SCRUM and is about to release MERRY AUSSIE CHRISTMAS, a fun Christmas single. He is also preparing for the 2020 limited issue vinyl re-release of MUGS GAME as a double album and a tour with the original band minus the late great Johnny Leopard.

In 2019 Dave marked the publication of RIVER OF SALT his ninth novel with an extensive library tour with Tony Durant. In 1996 he was the recipient of the West Australian Premier’s Award for Fiction with his debut novel CITY OF LIGHT. 20016 saw his seventh crime novel, BEFORE IT BREAKS win the prestigious Ned Kelly Award for Best Australian Crime Fiction. He has also authored six non-fiction titles and a successful series of children’s novels, CHARLOTTE AND THE STARLET.. Dave’s next crime novel OVER MY DEAD BODY will be published mid-2020. Details are under wraps but it is a departure from his usual works, being set in New York with some extremely well-known characters.

Dave has written for feature film, stage, television, radio and newspapers. His first feature movie CUT starring Kylie Minogue and Molly Ringwald sold worldwide. GARAGE DAYS, a co-write with director Alex Proyas (The Crow / Dark City) screened at Sundance and was followed by RESTRAINT (Stephen Moyer, Therese Palmer, Travis Fimmel). He also contributed to BLINKY BILL.
Dave’s television writing credits include tele- movie INXS Never Tear Us Apart, regular episodes of mainstream Australian primetime dramas WILD BOYS, PACKED TO THE RAFTERS, RESCUE SPECIAL OPS, MCLEOD’S DAUGHTERS.

Dave’s musical THE KING AND ME premiered at Perth Fringe for a sell-out season in 2015. A CD of the songs of the show featuring Dave singing and the amazing guitar of Martin Cilia and a number of other great Australian musicians, is available on this site. Dave and Martin are currently completing an album of original country-pop songs for Dave’s wife, Nicole. The first single NO FENCES is available on CD Baby and streaming services.

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