Waterloo, ON
Sammy Duke

Sammy Duke

Waterloo, ON
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You'd never mistake Sammy Duke for anyone else the moment he starts performing onstage. He's the gentle giant playing up to EIGHT instruments at the same time! Described as a "troubadour prog-rock[er]" (No Depression), Sammy Duke simultaneously sings, plays guitar, plays synthesizer pedals with his left foot, plays percussion with his right foot, and even performs with his elbow as in the case of his famed “elbow chimes.” Sammy is also known for his extremely lively energy, self-deprecating charm, spontaneous spurts of audience participation, and witty humour. With his musical diversity and engaging stage persona, Duke entrances and comforts audiences of all kinds. In addition to his solo work, Sammy Duke performs as a sideman for other artists. He is a three time Juno-nominated percussionist - having recorded on Alysha Brilla’s three self-produced nominated records, with whom he regularly tours as her duo sideman. He has also performed alongside Tanika Charles, String Bone, Verese Vassell-Bowen, and others. He’s appeared both in solo and and sideman capacities on Rogers TV, Global TV, Breakfast Television, CBC Radio One, and CP24 Breakfast Weekend - the last of which tweeted "Our jaws are still dropped from the incredibly talented @sammydukemusic performance this morning!” Finally, Sammy also works as an arts educator, which in addition to private lessons, includes leading drumming sessions in schools and day programs for persons with special needs.Whether crammed in a tight corner with his tiny Parlor guitar playing popular song covers, or firing up a festival stage with his dynamic one-man-band show, Sammy Duke is must see performer.  "And if you're still not convinced, Duke's bluesy voice will get you.” (CBC Music)

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