Like a musical locomotive hurtling ’round the bend, Union Duke is a Toronto folk quintet that’s taking the world by storm – one captivating performance at a time. Bridging soulful indie rock with bluegrass and country, these city-slickin’ whipper-snappers unleash soaring vocal harmonies over heel-stomping beats, in a growing collection of irresistible songs that set hearts and dance floors ablaze. Following last year’s release of their album, Cash & Carry, and near-constant touring across the country through 2014, the band is ready to pack up the van and hit the road once again. Kicking off on June 5th in Sarnia, ON, Union Duke will trek across Eastern Canada on a 13-date tour through June and July. While the band tours and works on new material for their next album, check out their newly released singles, Set Me Off, and Country Band.
As sweet as their albums have proven to be, the real buzz surrounding Union Duke has come from their energetic live performances. Touring across Canada these past few years in the same beat-up van that delivered them to their very first show, they have left a vast trail of amazement in their wake, selling out venues as headliners and topping the must-see lists at countless festivals. With banjos rambling, guitars wailing, and superb melodies shining through each tune, an infectious magnetism emanates from every stage they’ve had the privilege to grace.
The legend of Union Duke begins well over a decade ago, when founding members Matt, Ethan and Jim were drawn together by their teenaged hooliganism and a penchant for timeless music. They skipped class to jam on battered instruments in an old workshop, wrote as many songs as they could conjure, and soon enough were sneaking into bars around Toronto to play gigs at the tender age of 13. Their rough and rowdy dynamic was matched by newest additions Will and Rob, natives of Port Hope and Red Deer respectively, and the five road-ready pals haven’t looked back since.
Come hell, high-water, or hitch-hiking, Union Duke is driven by grit and determination to make people dance the drunken two-step wherever they may roam. Catch ’em when you can.
UPCOMING CANADIAN TOUR DATES:
MAY 14 – Guelph, ON – Jimmy Jazz
JUN 5 – Sarnia, ON – The Beer Show
JUN 12 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
JUN 13 – Guelph, ON – Fionn McCool’s
JUN 17 – Sudbury, ON – Grace Hartman Amphitheatre
JUL 19 – Montreal, QC – Divan Orange
JUL 22 – Truro, NS – Nook & Cranny
JUL 23 – Lunenberg, NS – Smuggler’s Cove Inn
JUL 24 – Halifax, NS – Seahorse Tavern w/ SoHo Ghetto
JUL 26 – Charlottetown, PE – Baba’s Lounge
JUL 28 – Moncton, NB – Plan B
JUL 29 – Saint Andrew’s, NB – The Red Herring
JUL 30 – Quebec City, QC – Salle Pantoum
JUL 31 – Wakefield, QC – The Black Sheep Inn
SEPT 18 – Toronto, ON – Fort York, Garrison Common (TURF)
*more dates to be announced soon