Tomorrow, July 30, is one of several concerts in the Marcus Center’s Live at the Peck Pavilion series. This concert will feature English folk-rock band The Dunwells at 7:30 p.m. This will be The Dunwells’s second time performing in Milwaukee and this afternoon, vocalist and guitarist Joseph Dunwell shared a bit about the band’s journey.
The Dunwells consists of brothers Joseph Dunwell (vocals, guitar) and David Dunwell (guitar, piano, banjo), their cousins Jonny Lamb (vocals, drums) and Rob Clayton (bass), and longtime friend Dave Hanson (guitar, pedal steel). They originated in in 2009 in Leeds, England and have each played individually before joining as a band. In fact, they started as a group around the same time chart-toppers Mumford & Sons and opened for them in England. Joseph Dunwell reflects saying,
When our band first started out in 2009, Mumford & Sons were just about to break in the UK and in America. They had their first album and a week later we opened a show with them. Good guys!
The Dunwells first came to America in 2011 for the International Folk Alliance conference and signed to Playing in Traffic. Their album, Blind Sighted Faith, came out in June 2011 and they have been touring ever since.
Being onstage is probably our favorite thing to do. We’ve got our first album which we’re mega mega proud of but I just think that what we do live is what we’re best at…you’ll see the energy, that we genuinely love being there, and I hope that comes across.
Tomorrow will be their second time playing in Milwaukee during their current tour, the first being Summerfest last month. Joseph Dunwell reflects on Summerfest saying,
It was awesome. A really, really well-organized festival. It was a great crowd as well because we’d never played in Milwaukee, we didn’t know what to expect.. it was a really good response.
Dunwell said he’d heard of Summerfest in the UK and that they’d never heard of a festival as large as Milwaukee’s summer music festival. And though he reflects fondly on Summerfest, he confessed that it doesn’t matter the size of the crowd, “From five people to thousands of people as long as we’re into it and they’re into it, we enjoy it.”
But performing isn’t the only thing that The Dunwells enjoy about touring the States. Their American tour has given them a lot of time to listen to new music and enjoy the festivals off stage. They’re headed to play at Lollapalooza on Aug. 2 after their performance at the Peck Pavilion, and Joseph shared his excitement for both sides of festivals saying,
The lineup at Lollapalooza is phenomenal this year and I’m quite excited about seeing these artists as well as playing!
Between the five members, they each bring different music preferences and listen to different bands, all of which contribute to their sound. Among these influences include Radiohead, Ray Charles, and Oasis, though Joseph Dunwell says on the band’s eclectic music tastes,
The other day we were on the stage with a Mexican band, an Australian band, two girls from America, and us from England so it was kind of like core culture on the stage. It was nuts. We listen to so much music, not just English but world-wide music…we get our influences from them.
The Dunwells’s performance at the Peck Pavilion is their final time in Milwaukee during this tour. This is a great opportunity to catch them while they’re here, or enjoy them again if you were fortunate enough to see them at Summerfest.
I’m really looking forward to the show and I’m looking forward to returning to Milwaukee!
For more information about The Dunwells, visit http://thedunwells.com/about. For more information about The Marcus Center’s Live at the Peck Pavilion series, visit http://www.marcuscenter.org/Live-Peck-Pavilion.html or http://usedview.com/article/marcus-center-announces-updated-lineup-at-new-outdoor-series.