Union Duke at Baba’s Sun­day night

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Toronto band Union Duke will be bring­ing its fast-driv­ing, heel­stomp­ing brand of blue­grass/ folk to Baba’s Lounge this Sun­day night.

The group is tour­ing all across Canada this sum­mer, mak­ing stops in Char­lot­te­town, Hal­i­fax, Lunen­berg and sev­eral other Mar­itime cities be­fore mov­ing on to the Prairie prov­inces in Au­gust.

Open­ing the show is lo­cal mu­si­cian Nick Don­eff, a reg­u­lar sta­ple of the P.E.I. folk scene. The two groups played to­gether at Baba’s last Septem­ber as well.

“We’ve al­ways had a great time in P.E.I.,” says singer and per­cus­sion­ist Matt Warry-Smith. “The peo­ple are friendly, the food is de­li­cious and the beach is ac­tu­ally pretty com­fort­able to sleep on.”

Any­one com­ing out to Baba’s can ex­pect a night of high energy orig­i­nal folk com­po­si­tions. Kerry Doole of New Cana­dian Mu­sic de­scribes the mu­sic as “folkrock ... spiced with blue­grass and coun­try flavours, with the re­sult­ing stew set on high boil.”

Tour­ing in sup­port of their sec­ond full-length al­bum, “Cash & Carry”, Union Duke is get­ting used to life in the van.

“We’ve been de­bat­ing what to name the tour,” says banjo player Jim McDon­ald.

“It’s down to the Healthy Tour Starts To­mor­row Tour 2015, the Watch­ing Ev­ery Episode Of The Wire Tour 2015.”

Mu­sic starts at 11 p.m.; tick­ets are $7 at the door. Baba’s Lounge is at 81 Univer­sity Ave.

All of the group’s mu­sic is avail­able on their web­site, www.union­duke.com, and their al­bums are also avail­able on iTunes.

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