The eighteenth person in our series of introductions to performers taking part in International Poetry ReIncarnation at the Roundhouse in Camden on 30th May 2015 is the musician Duke Garwood.
You should know Duke Garwood. Born in 1969, this London-based multi-instrumentalist has been around a fair while. He has contributed to records by The Orb and worked with Mark Lanegan, amongst many others. His soulful, stripped-bare sound has been under your nose this entire time. Until now, he’s been the mysterious figure in tales where Mexican gangs forced tequila down his throat, a ghost-like presence at gatherings of some the world’s biggest rock stars-turned-his closest friends, and an unassuming continent-hopper trying to find his way in the world. But the release of his new album Heavy Love earlier this year should change that.
Navigating from the mouth of the Medway to Thailand’s bar scene where he played harp alongside Georgie Fame’s son Tristan and Yngwie Malmsteen’s keyboard-player before focusing on the guitar, Garwood’s travels extend to the mean streets of Paris and back to Hackney’s squatlands in which he soothed “drunken misery” and grappling with newfound fatherhood by playing his own “mad kind of blues”.
“My brother Duke is the most soulacious soul man I know. He’s always cut his own groove and it’s been my honour to play with him so many times.” Seasick Steve
“As close to Heaven as you can get with a guitar.” Josh T. Pearson
Get your tickets for the evening’s star-laden performance here: The International Poetry ReIncarnation
Here’s the video for the title song from Duke’s latest album, Heavy Love