Striking an exhilarating blend of English rock and American roots music, The Dunwells bring their unique sound to the Center for the Arts Sunday.
From the very first time The Dunwells hit American shores at the 2011 International Folk Alliance conference, their impact has been astounding.
“Anyone that’s seen them has just been, ‘Oh My God!’ They’re mind boggling!” raved Folk Alliance Executive Director Louis Jay Meyers to Voice of America radio.
Their debut U.K. single, “Elizabeth,” hit No. 31 on the Independent Music chart the week it was released in March 2010. The band spent the rest of the year touring Britain and Europe, playing such top festivals as Hop Farm (with Bob Dylan and Van Morrison), Edinburgh’s cutting-edge Fringe Fest, Triumph Live (with Mumford & Sons) and the Fete De La Musique in Paris. Following the release of their debut EP in October 2010, The Dunwells were named Artist of the Month by the Caffe Nero coffee chain — the British equivalent of Starbucks. The buzz spread to London when the band booked a gig at The Bedford, a noted showcase venue where acts like Paolo Nutini, KT Tunstall and Ellie Goulding began their rise. Tony Moore, the influential UK music promoter, BBC radio personality and singer-songwriter, immediately became a key supporter.
Emerging from the pubs and clubs of Leeds, England, their hometown in 2009, The Dunwells are brothers Joseph Dunwell (vocals, guitar) and David Dunwell (guitar, piano, banjo) along with cousins Jonny Lamb (vocals, drums) and Rob Clayton (bass) and longtime friend Dave Hanson (guitar, pedal steel).
“We are genuinely best mates,” said singer, songwriter and guitarist Joseph Dunwell. “We sometimes bicker and fight, but then we hug and make up and go out for a drink.”
Lyrically evocative and musically assured, their debut album, Blind Sighted Faith, is a stunning first bow that seems to charm everyone on first listen.
“We’re all in it for the same reason,” concludes David Dunwell. “We just love making music.”
Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show Sunday are $18 for members, $20 for non-members and $10 for students. They are available at the Center’s Box Office, BriarPatch Co-op or online at http://thecenterforthearts.org/tickets/.
For more on the band, go to http://thedunwells.com.