So it would seem that the last time I updated this news section was in summer 2018...whoops.
Well if you are reading this, I am still alive. Had a crazy busy past year following the release of my album Terminus. Played several great festivals this past summer, and am very much looking forward to 2020! I even expanded my one man band......
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|2019-09-28||TBA||TBA, Ontario, Canada||Tweet|
|2019-10-25||The Cambridge Mill||Cambridge, Ontario, Canada||Tweet|
|2019-11-03||Lou Dawg's (Brunch - 2:00 - 5:00)||London, Ontario, Canada||Tweet|
|2019-11-08||Lou Dawg's with Sammy Duke Trio||London, Ontario, Canada||Tweet|
|2019-11-28||Lana's Lounge - Jesse Parent Songwriter Series||Waterloo, Ontario, Canada||Tweet|
|2019-12-15||TBA||Kitchener, ON, Canada||Tweet|
|2019-12-17||Riffs Lounge||Woodstock, Ontario, Canada||Tweet|
|2019-12-28||Abe Erb (Ayr)||Ayr, ON, Canada||Tweet|
"...will raise the little hairs on the back of your neck." - No Depression
"...Canada's highest-profile one-man-band..." - Cashbox Magazine Canada
"He’s giving Xavier Rudd a run for his money!" - Rrampt.
You'd never mistake Sammy Duke for anyone else the moment he starts performing onstage. He's the gentle giant playing up to EIGHT instruments at the same time!
Described as a "troubadour prog-rock[er]" (No Depression), Sammy Duke simultaneously sings, plays guitar, bass synthesizer pedals with his foot, percussion with his other foot, beats on a drum with an occasionally liberated hand, and even performs with his elbow - as in the case of his famed “elbow chimes.” Almost as impressive, during his live shows, is his extremely lively energy, self-deprecating charm, spontaneous spurts of audience participation, and witty humour. With his musical diversity and engaging stage persona, Duke entrances and comforts audiences of all kinds.
In addition to his solo work, Sammy Duke can also be seen recording and touring as a sideman for other artists. Most notably, he tours with Indo-Tanzanian Canadian artist Alysha Brilla playing bass, cajon, shakers, and tambourine, all the while singing harmony. Duke also recorded percussion on all three of her JUNO-nominated albums (In My Head, Womyn, and ROOTED, all nominated for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year). He’s appeared both solo and with Brilla on Rogers TV, Global TV, Breakfast Television, CBC Radio One, and CP24 Breakfast Weekend - the last of which tweeted "Our jaws are still dropped from the incredibly talented @sammydukemusic performance this morning!"
Sammy Duke released his first full-length album "Terminus" in 2018, with funding from the Waterloo Region Arts Fund. He recorded the album with Ian Graham at Small Dog Studios in Kitchener - an off-the-grid, solar powered recording studio. The first single "Save It" is a mid-tempo grabber, propelled by a steady acoustic guitar strum with the hook of a haunting and wordless voice in each chorus. Duke's rich, warm vocals are paired with a fascinating metaphorical exploration of lyricism inspired by Plato’s Allegory of the Cave (we only see flickers and shadows of reality, from the firelight reflecting on the cave wall). The song creates a modern analogy to our own disconnect from nature. Rather than appreciating the world around us, we are distracted by a multitude of screens, desperately using these mediums to carve artificial identities through social media. "Save It" made it's debut on CBC Radio's Fresh Air in Toronto.
With a growing reputation for an "unorthodox playing" of instruments, thoughtful lyrics, and an absolutely unmistakable live show, Sammy Duke will be recording new material in 2020. "And if you're still not convinced, Duke's bluesy voice will get you.” (CBC Music)