“...will raise the little hairs on the back of your neck.”
— No Depression
“...Duke's bluesy voice will get you.”
— CBC Music
“...Canada's highest-profile one-man-band...”
— Cashbox Magazine Canada
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, foot percussion, hand drums, and even performs with his elbow - as in the case of his famed “elbow chimes.” He is also known for 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. He has performed alongside Tanika Charles, Cecile Monique, Verese Vassell-Bowen, String Bone, Arun Pal, and others. Most notably, he tours with Indo-Tanzanian Canadian artist and producer Alysha Brilla - playing bass, cajon, shakers, tambourine, and the aforementioned “elbow chimes” - 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), in addition to her upcoming album 'Circle'. He’s appeared both in solo and and sideman capacities 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 Region of Waterloo Arts Fund. He recorded the album with Ian Graham at Small Dog Studios in Kitchener - an off-the-grid, solar powered recording studio. In early 2021, he received another Arts Fund grant to record his next album 'Speed of Life' - set for Summer 2022. In July 2021, Sammy released his first single from this album, 'Fly Away Child'. On December 30, 2021, Sammy released his second single from the album, 'Calling You Home', complete with a music video produced by Canadian Daydream.
With a growing reputation for an "unorthodox playing" of instruments, thoughtful lyrics, and an absolutely unmistakable live show, Sammy Duke is must see performer. "And if you're still not convinced, Duke's bluesy voice will get you.” (CBC Music)
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