State Theatre Portland
The Dunwells

State Theatre and WCLZ Present

The Dunwells

Darlingside

Sat, February 16, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Port City Music Hall

Portland, ME

$12 advance / $15 day of show / $20 V.I.P.

This event is 18 and over

Buy tickets at www.portcitymusichall.com, or by calling 888-512-SHOW.

The Dunwells
The Dunwells
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 best mate Dave Hanson (guitar, pedal steel). “We are genuinely best mates,” explains singer, songwriter and guitarist Joseph Dunwell. “We sometimes bicker and fight, but then we hug and make up and go out for a drink.” Their stellar musicianship, classic roots songwriting and soaring harmony vocals have already made instant but lasting impressions on scores of fans.
Their debut album Blind Sighted Faith (Concord/Playing In Traffic) is a collection of eleven captivating, indelible songs of purpose and resolve that live free of easy categorization. From its mission defining opening track, “I Could Be A King” onward, Blind Sighted Faith finds a sustained level of excellence and joy; and keeps on comin’.
Their debut U.K. single, “Elizabeth,” hit #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 — and played a 20 day/40 show tour of its shops in England and Scotland to win over a growing U.K. fan base. To help spread their music further, the band frequently busks on the streets of the cities they visit. 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.
Lyrically evocative and musically assured, Blind Sighted Faith is a stunning first bow that seems to charm everyone on first listen. Now with their debut album under their belts and the unending road in front of them, The Dunwells are primed to take their music as far and wide as they can; one can hear that solidarity and aspiration in the music they create together. “We’re all in it for the same reason,” concludes David Dunwell. “We just love making music.”
Darlingside
Darlingside
Under one roof in New England's Pioneer Valley, Darlingside came together with five songwriters, a mandolin, a cello and violin, guitars and drums, a chorus of voices, and a van named Chauncey. Holed up in their home between a cornfield and the Connecticut River, they forged a seamless, exhilarating sound at the intersection of rock, classical, and folk music. The band is currently rolling out an innovative subscription album, Pilot Machines, and shaking rafters along the eastern seaboard with their vibrant live shows.

Darlingside traces its diverse sound to an eclectic array of musical origins: Harris picked up the cello at age six, and appeared twice on NPR with his classical piano trio. Auyon spent a year-long travel fellowship studying the traditional music and instruments of Brazil, Turkey and Ireland. Don toured nationally as a boy alto, and later worked as a singer-songwriter on sunset boat cruises in Maine. Dave began singing and arranging music in college, then spent two years learning guitar as a street musician in Boston and abroad. Sam took up drums at the age of seven and developed an intricate style that draws on his rock, celtic, and jazz backgrounds. Together, the five close friends are a powerhouse of vocal, instrumental, songwriting and performing talent.

Following 2010's self-recorded EP 1, Darlingside teamed up with producer Nathaniel Kunkel (Sting, Crosby/Nash, Maroon 5) in 2011 to turn their house into a hi-fi recording laboratory and playground. The result was Pilot Machines, an insistently melodic collection of new songs that feel both familiar and ground-breaking. The band is now in the midst of an ambitious release, with three 7″ records and a string of exclusive pre-release events ramping up toward the full-length album in Summer 2012.
Venue Information:
Port City Music Hall
504 Congress St
Portland, ME, 04101