The Marcus Center has introduced a series of outdoor concerts called the Live at Peck Pavilion concert series and Tuesday night, July 30, English folk rock band, The Dunwells, highlighted the stage. The Dunwells were introduced by Marcus Center President & CEO Paul Mathews during the warm, rainy Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. Both Mathews and singer/pianist/guitarist/banjo player David Dunwell joked that the English-born band brought their native weather with them, as it rained during the first half of the performance.
Despite the rain, the joyful disposition and enthusiasm for music shone through the an overcast Milwaukee that evening, as The Dunwells clearly loved performing live. In a recent interview with singer/guitarist Joseph Dunwell (http://usedview.com/article/the-dunwells-on-the-road-from-leeds-to-milwaukee?cid=db_articles), he said that being on stage was their favorite thing to do, which was definitely apparent last night as they were all smiles from the start.
This is our second time in Milwaukee this tour, and we love it here!
While the band’s official genre is folk rock, it’s incredibly difficult to categorize their music because each song brings something different. Joseph Dunwell also stated that they draw their musical influences from a range of bands and countries, and these various influences vary and reveal themselves from song to song. Whether you enjoy the bluesy feel of “Oh Lord”, the rock in “Your Eyes”, folk in “Follow the Road”, or touching ballads like “I Want to Be” or “Only Me”, each song brings something different for a variety of musical tastes.
However, The Dunwells left room for those who were unfamiliar with them and would like to hear something familiar. The band performed an awesome cover of Imogen Heap’s “Hide and Seek” using only two acoustic guitars and vocals. The result was a unique, original version of the popular song with their own signature spin on it.
The band works incredibly well together and each member brings an array of different talents to the group. Dave Hanson is an incredible guitarist as shown in his numerous electric guitar solos and Rob Clayton showed consistent bass and vocal skills throughout the evening. Jonny Lamb proved himself not only a great drummer but also a talented vocalist, as his solos in “Only Me” and “Perfect Timing” showcased a beautiful quality in his voice made for ballads. Brothers David and Joseph Dunwell often took center stage as attention-grabbing performers. Joseph has an incredible range and power to his voice, often eliciting applause mid-song. David had a congeniality and charm that led to a humorous exchange with a rowdy audience member as well as the entire audience getting on their feet clapping, dancing, and singing along to songs they were hearing for the first time. Each band member proved himself a talented, versatile musician and contributed to impressive harmonies in each song.
The Dunwells have three more shows left in their American summer tour, one of which being Lollapalooza on Aug. 3. For more information about The Dunwells, please visit http://thedunwells.com. For more information about The Marcus Center’s Live at Peck Pavilion series, visit http://www.marcuscenter.org/Live-Peck-Pavilion.html.
Goodnight My City
Dance with Me
I Want to Be
Hide and Seek (Imogen Heap cover)
Light up the Skies
Hand that Feeds
Follow the Road
Blind Sighted Faith
I Could Be a King