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Sammy Duke Glass Demons CD Release at Free Times Cafe with guest AHI
Thu, 23 March 2017, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM EDT
$15.00 - ticket price includes CD, redeem at the door! Doors at 7:00pm.
Opening set by AHI. http://ahimusic.com/
"Our jaws are still dropped from the incredibly talented @sammydukemusic performance this morning!" - CP24 Breakfast Weekend
"...amazing and diversified talent..." - Velvet Rope
"...indomitable stage presence." - The Ontarion
Kitchener-Waterloo-based Sammy Duke launches his debut EP Glass Demons with a full-band show at Cork Hall, 352 King Street West, Kitchener, ON, on March 22nd, with doors opening at 7:00 pm and a short opening set by Universal Music publishing signee, JoJo Worthington at 7:30 pm. The next night, on March 23rd, Duke will showcase his one-man-band show at The Free Times Café, 320 College Street, in Toronto, followed by March 24th’s stint at Guelph’s DSTRCT venue at 10 Wyndham Street North. Special guests to be announced. For more info please visit www.sammyduke.com / www.freetimescafe.com / https://www.facebook.com/CorkHallLive/ / www.dstrctguelph.com
You’d never be able to mistake Sammy Duke for anyone else once he starts performing onstage – he’s the gentle giant playing upwards of eight instruments at the same time!
The friendly, unstoppable one-man-band that is Samuel “Sammy Duke” Dlugokecki is proficient at 13 musical instruments, and is a master of the cajon hand drum. As a solo artist, he simultaneously plays guitar, sings, beats on a drum, plays bass synthesizer pedals with his foot, shakes the tambourine strapped to his other foot, and handles a variety of percussion instruments with an occasionally liberated hand – or elbow, as in the case of his famed “elbow chimes.” Even in one of his other steady gigs, as a chosen sideman for Alysha Brilla, Sammy plays bass, cajon, shakers, and tambourine, all while singing harmony.
A man of conscience, who’s played numerous fundraisers and justice events, including David Suzuki's Soupstock, The Terry Fox Run, CBC Sounds of the Season and teaches classes for children and adults with special needs, Sammy is finally going to launch his own original music debut EP, Glass Demons.
Recorded at Catherine North, in Hamilton, Glass Demons was mixed and mastered by Dan Hosh, whose client list includes City and Colour, Whitehorse, Elliott BROOD, and Arkells.
As opposed to his sweet stage presence, and in keeping with his conscience, Sammy’s lyrics are more serious, discussing everything from political injustice, to personal battles, insecurity, mortality, and the like. The extensive, folk/rock/progressive title track, “Glass Demons,” examines how we can sometimes bottle up emotions and “inner demons,” struggling to release them and be healed. “Sympathy,” a funky, moody shuffle, fueled by electric piano is about the need to step into the shoes of those facing personal challenges, rather than being quick to judge. The troubadour prog-folk of “The Traveller” cleverly encapsulates the Kübler-Ross stages of grief in five verses, representing denial, anger, bartering, depression, and finally, acceptance. The pretty, delicate “Feel Your Breath” is about feeling distraught, then suddenly, mysteriously, experiencing calm. “What You'll Leave Behind” with its breathy vocals and captivating acoustic guitar, muses about what impact we’ll leave on the world, and how people will remember us.
The way Sammy writes, sings, plays and performs, you can bet he’ll be remembered for bringing joy, beauty and truth into the world with his music.