In 2012, guitarist and singer Dai Price and double bassist Rupert Gillett were jamming in one of South-East London's grubbier boozers when accordionist Alan Dunn and fiddler Bob Loveday asked if they could join in. Lo and behold, Dai & The Ramblers were born. A year or so later, the band were asked to play a gig in ex Thin Lizzy manager Ted Carroll's back garden. Excited by what he heard, Ted suggested hooking them up with Grammy Award-winning producer Liam Watson to record their debut album at Toe Rag studios in Hackney. Over three days in the studio, it wasn't hard to bottle their gutsy home-grown folk 'n' blues sound.
They kept it simple: four musicians, a handful of mics and no fussing around.
As lead singer Dai Price recalls, "we went into the sessions with a 'one man, one voice' approach, by which I mean that the record should be exactly like what you'd get at one of our gigs. We're a hard-working band, and we've played hundreds of gigs together, so we knew we had the musical telepathy to get something real and raw on tape, without the need for overdubs. Rupert Gillett and I are a tight little rhythm section, and it was a privilege to have players like Bob Loveday and Alan Dunn leading the charge with the soloing. They've played with everyone: Van Morrison, Paul McCartney, Loudon Wainright, Richard Thompson and Nick Lowe... so they had the experience to help us take the songs to another level".
Despite the tube-driven analogue sound of the album and a somewhat old-fashioned approach to making a record, Duw Duw is no exercise in nostalgia. As well as tackling 50s classics by the likes of Lieber and Stoller, Dai & The Ramblers offer a fresh interpretation of Freddie Hubbard's classic Little Sunflower as well as a generous helping of Dai's own folk and zydeco-inspired compositions.
Dai & The Ramblers' debut album, "Duw Duw", is released on the 12th of November 2013. Aptly, the title translates into English as something like "oh my goodness".
Marty's review: If you like your music rootsy, bluesy, folksy, acoustic and just plain down to earth, then Duw Duw by Dai and The Ramblers must be heard and added to your collection. The music is a mix of New Orleans style Cajun and Zydeco numbers combined with covers of classic tunes like "Iko Iko", "Sugar Bee", "The Weight" and "What'd I Say". Guitarist Dai Price's clear and smooth vocals remind me of Chris Rea and the band is more than competent with their instrumentation utilising fiddle, accordion, double bass and guitar. Several foot stompers will have you jumping around your living room and the more reflective numbers will have you enjoying those laid back moments. Every track is a winner in my opinion, and if I had to pick out a few stand outs I would say "Chicken and The Hawk", "The Weight" and "Way Down In the Hole". Enjoy regularly!
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