The Durham County Poets
Saturday, October 1 at 7:30pm
The Durham County Poets are five guys from Canada's Chateauguay Valley who have played, and do play, in blues bands, gospel groups, Cajun, folk, rock and c ountry bands. In listening to their own material you get a mix of sounds and stories, influences and genres that is uniquely their own. Some of their songs had been lying dormant for over a decade, others are newborn. A collective blend of styles from Dan Hicks to James Taylor, the Band to Leon Redbone, theirs is a melting pot full of inspired tunes to enjoy.
The eclectic group is made up of lead singer Kevin Harvey, electric and acoustic guitarist David Whyte, acoustic guitarist Neil Elsmore, double bassist Carl Rufh and percussionist James Preimel.
“Kevin Harvey's rich voice and nuanced delivery covers the scope of life … with ballads and blues-inflected originals, some swing and genial humour. Guitarist David Whyte's guitar solos are pure grace. The Poets will get you dancing in the hallways, laughing, and feeling those blues.” – Spirit of Rasputin, Ottawa, Canada
Their first album, 'Where the River Flows', was a collection of songs that much like the river in its title, seemed to flow effortlessly, one into the other. Harvey states that the feel of the album is very organic: “We recorded it live off the floor for the most part, wanting to capture the room sound and the groove you get only from playing in close contact with each other. You can hear it in the sound of the record: it's airy and not overly processed, very organic for sure.”
The front cover of their second album, 'Chikkaboodah Stew', shows a pot filled with instruments that are simmering away in a steaming hot broth. The idea behind it, according to the band, was to bring together a musical blend of influences, styles and genres all in one album. And they are right about that; Chikkaboodah Stew covers the gamut from folk to blues, jazz to crooner, swing to ballad and even a little rock, prog and gospel influence. Peppered with Hammond B3 organ, horns, stellar violin and clarinet and some over the top backup singing, this is a stew meant to be savored and preferably jarred so one can try it at their leisure.
Durham County Poets is not just about folk or any other style for that matter”, says Whyte. “It's just about good honest music, whether plugged in or acoustic” That about sums up the vision of Durham County Poets: To write, record and perform good honest music.
Tickets are $20 with a pre-concert dinner available for $25. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. Call (802) 247-4295 or e-mail us for reservations or more information.
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