MONTROSE Folk Club returns to a Tuesday evening with the appearance of Kent Duchaine as a guest of the club in the Links Hotel at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30.
This is sure to be a popular return visit by Kent to Montrose Folk Club, at which he has built up a loyal following, having played at the club on four previous occasions. The music of Kent Duchaine is soaked in and is a veritable history of the Blues.
Kent Duchaine was born in Minnesota and learned to play piano and electric guitar at school. Initially he played in a local band with some school friends performing popular 60s music. However, after hearing an Eric Clapton album, he wanted to find out more about Robert Johnson and Blues music. He then immersed himself in the music of Johnson, Muddy Waters, T-Bone Walker, Bukka White and Elmore James.
During the early seventies, Kent Duchaine played in a band with Kim Wilson of the present day Fabulous Thunderbirds. The reputation of the band came to the attention of the great Willie Dixon, who arranged a recording contract, and a major concert sharing the bill with John Lee Hooker and Howling Wolf.
After deciding to go solo in the 80s, Kent Duchaine disposed of all of his worldly possessions and moved south with only an old Cadillac and his beloved ‘Leadbessie’, a beat-up 1934 National Steel guitar, in order to be closer to the roots of Blues music. He lived in the car for some time with one of his three ex-wives before graduating via a tent and a Campervan to a Winnebago Motor home. Kent Duchaine currently has ten solo albums and a DVD under his belt and has completed more than 95 overseas tours to date. In 2010, he performed over 200 concerts in the UK and has established a large fan base.
Everyone is welcome at Montrose Folk Club next Tuesday for a thrilling evening of authentic Delta Blues, Urban Blues and Kent Duchaine’s own original music. The doors at the Links Hotel open at 7.30 p.m.