A bit about Gentlemen Duke...
Formed in April 2010, New Country Folk Band Gentlemen Duke from Kent are a most refreshing change to the modern sounds of today.
Punching out pounding bass lines, rhythm guitar with the momentum of a run away freight train and the fiery hooks of the devil’s violin.
"As catchy as The Coral at their best" (- ForFolkSake.com) Gentlemen Duke create the gutsy, old-time sound, echoing the likes of Johnny Cash, but adding the theatrics of Screaming Lord Sutch they produce a gritty Rockabilly with elements of Country, Punk and Folk.
Gentlemen Duke’s energy and melodies will pull you in to their Country Folk world and the warmth of their stories won’t let you go.
These young men from Kent have been working hard and making waves, gaining radio play several times on Absolute Radio, Radio Luxembourg, Radio Caroline and many more radio stations up and down the country and Europe. They are gigging all over the London circuit, supporting the likes of, Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), BabyShambles, Bluetones, Alabama3, headlining official aftershow parties for Shed7 and Happy Mondays and have most recently had the honour of playing at the 'London 2012' Olympics. They’ve got fire in their bellies and musket smoke billowing from their story telling guns.
Gentlemen Duke have released a toe tapping EP titled – ‘Mild Mannered Madmen’ on 16th January 2012. It was recorded in 2011 by head engineer Jim Riley and 2nd engineer Brendan Eamonde at Ranscombe Studios, Rochester Kent. It was created using the studios analogue equipment and reel to reel Fostex Tape Machine.
The ‘Mild Mannered Madmen’ EP has been released on 15 digital sites including iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and Napster. It has also been released globally, hitting 240 countries worldwide.
The momentum of these folky four has hit 2012 hard and there is no sign of them slowing down.
David Sinclair (The Times)
01 January 2013
***** - "There used to be a time - what we might call the pre-Mumford era - when folk-roots music was a minority preference for an aged demographic. Now the pop world is full of bright young bands with an upright bass, a shuffling snare drum, a devil's violin and a slot at the Cambridge Folk Festival firmly in their sights. Gentlemen Duke join this merry throng with "Badman" a modern hoedown which blasts along with the required energy until it heads into the slow, mournful breakdown with the brilliant line "Memories of you/Are forming an orderly queue. As gentlemen do". *****
14 November 2012
***** - With its intriguing lyrics and infectious chorus, 'Bad Man' by Gentlemen Duke is a ditty that successfully fuses country and folk and proves the band to be skilled raconteurs". *****
Liverpool Student Radio
05 June 2012
***** - Two minutes of vocalized attitude, folksy violins and fast strummed acoustic guitars keep this track driving on. One to hear at a festival and raise a cider too". *****
01 June 2012
***** - "This is a rollicking, upbeat rock track that grabs the listener as soon as the first notes pound through the speakers. On first listen, the speed and frenzied style could be too much to handle and reminds you of a soundtrack to a classic Western. But on a second attempt the ridiculously catchy melodies and intertwined instrumentation that mixes brass, guitars and military like percussion become so wonderfully addictive". *****
Bailrigg FM 87.7
23 May 2012
***** - 'Bad Man' has a unique feel to it. It somewhat reminds me of cowboys with a western theme due to the fast tempo, guitars and violins. I like how riffs appear in the violin in the piece. The lyrics are interesting and tell a story, which can entice listeners. The chorus is very catchy and could get stuck in your head for days". *****
Pete Donaldson (Absolute Radio)
26 March 2012
***** - "FANTASTIC, almost rockabilly in its execution, the violins just add that something to the mix. Makes me want to jump about in a nice waistcoat". *****
Simon Li (Universal Music)
26 March 2012
***** - "Gentlemen Duke have that drunken folk rock lurch to their track "Bad Man" that recalls the Men They Couldn't Hang for those with eclectic enough taste to remember (actually, they're still going I believe). It's played with energy and gusto and hints at a good night out at one of their gigs". *****
ForFolkSake.com named Gentlemen Duke in Glastonbury's Emerging Talent Contest, saying, - "Gentlemen Duke produce romping little ditties with wonderful playful strings overlapping rockin’ tunes that, in the case of Calamity Jane, recall the Coral at their best."
Gentlemen Duke are: Andy Hurley - Vox, Guitar, Sam Cockerton - Electric Violin, Simon Russell - Electric Double Bass, Dan Hill - Drums
Many Thanks for your time and we hope you enjoy our music.
Gentlemen Duke's 'Mild Mannered Madmen' EP availible NOW on iTunes.