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The Dunwells have had an exciting 2014 – and the year is only half over.
Fans were ecstatic when the band revealed they had been writing and recording with producer Stephen Harris since late 2013. That led to the booking of a slew of dates both in the US and the UK to kick off the New Year, and the band has been going non-stop ever since.
In April, the Dunwells rolled out their first new track to the upcoming album called "Sleepless Nights." The same month, they began their first British trek in 2014 dubbed the Light Up the Skies Tour. It kicked off in Stratford and wrapped at Town Hall in Leeds before the guys returned stateside for a festival blast.
By mid-June the Dunwells found themselves in the midst of 80,000 strong at Bonnaroo in central Tennessee. And though they played various smaller stages instead of the main stage, the band rocked out three times throughout their Saturday visit. They kicked off the day by playing at the Ford Garage, then headed over to the Sonic Stage before closing out the festivities at the New Music on Tap Lounge.
After their short U.S. run and a few days off for some rest and relaxation, the Dunwells returned to the UK for a festival run for the month of July. This includes stops at Cornbury, Glanfest, Hop Farm Festival and the Tramlines, before embarking on the Alive Tour during the month of September.
Meet English quintet The Dunwells (Created June 5, 2013)
They are two brothers, two cousins and one self-described "best mate." Together, they make up The Dunwells, one of the hottest bands to come out the clubs of Leeds, England.
This folk rock quintet consists of Joseph Dunwell (vocals, guitar), David Dunwell (vocals, guitar, piano, banjo), Jonny Lamb (vocals, drums), Rob Clayton (bass) and Dave Hanson (guitar, pedal steel). At one time these guys were doing solo gigs in local clubs and pubs. But they brought all that talent together in October 2009, releasing their self-funded debut single "Elizabeth" the following spring.
Doors really opened for the group when they were asked to perform at the 2011 Folk Alliance International in Memphis, Tennessee. They were signed to the Austin-based label Playing In Traffic Records soon after, then pulled together eleven captivating songs that would make up their first album. That project, "Blind Sighted Faith," came in February 2012 with defining tracks like "I Could Be A King," "So Beautiful" and "Goodnight My City."
Named HMV Retail's "Next Big Thing of 2012," The Dunwells have played various venues and festivals. They opened for Mumford & Sons and also performed at South by Southwest in March 2012. A summer tour followed, and the band traveled throughout the US and UK, including stops at Red Rocks, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits.
Having charmed everyone with their album debut, with a buzz that has spread far and wide, the sky is the limit for this ambitious group that has certainly done well. Pun intended.
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The Dunwells Tour Dates 2015
date city state venue 02/28/2015 Leeds W York The Wardrobe 02/27/2015 Hull Fruit 02/22/2015 Birmingham W Mids Hare and Hounds 02/21/2015 Bristol Avn Louisiana Bristol 02/20/2015 London London Water Rats 02/15/2015 Glasgow Rfw O2 ABC Glasgow 02/14/2015 Glasgow Rfw O2 ABC Glasgow 02/07/2015 Manchester Msy Manchester Academy 3
The Dunwells Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 11/24/2014 Leeds W York First Direct Arena 10/25/2014 Malibu CA Smothers Theatre 09/27/2014 Glasgow Glasgow City O2 ABC 2 Glasgow 09/26/2014 Manchester Msy Manchester Academy 3 09/23/2014 Birmingham W Mids Hare and Hounds 09/20/2014 Hull Fruit 09/19/2014 Newcastle upon Tyne Think Tank 09/18/2014 Stratford-upon-Avon War No1 Shakespeare Street 09/13/2014 Sheffield South Yorkshire The Plug 09/12/2014 London 229 The Venue 09/11/2014 Bristol Avn Louisiana Bristol 09/07/2014 Halifax Arden Road Social Club 09/06/2014 York Nyk Fibbers 06/15/2014 Memphis TN The Shell Complex 06/12/2014 Arlington TX Levitt Pavilion Arlington 04/25/2014 Leeds W York Leeds Town Hall 04/18/2014 Glasgow Dby Oran Mor 04/17/2014 Manchester Lan Manchester The Deaf Institute 04/12/2014 London London The Borderline 04/05/2014 Sheffield South Yorkshire The Plug 04/04/2014 Doncaster Syk The Leopard 01/31/2014 Wickenburg AZ Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts 01/30/2014 Phoenix AZ Musical Instrument Museum
The Dunwells Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 10/19/2013 Seattle WA Sunset Tavern 10/18/2013 Monmouth OR Rice Auditorium 10/17/2013 Portland OR Alberta Rose Theatre 10/15/2013 San Francisco CA The Chapel San Francisco 10/12/2013 San Luis Obispo CA Cal Poly St. Univ. 10/11/2013 Malibu CA Smothers Theatre 08/30/2013 Bingley Myrtle Park Bingley 08/03/2013 Chicago IL Grant Park 08/02/2013 Chicago IL Grant Park 07/31/2013 Minneapolis MN Dakota Jazz Club 07/30/2013 Milwaukee WI Peck Pavilion at Marcus Center 07/24/2013 Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Wolf Den 07/23/2013 Annapolis MD Rams Head On Stage 07/21/2013 Asbury Park NJ The Saint 07/12/2013 Cincinnati OH Sawyer Point 07/10/2013 Ottawa ON Lebreton Flats 07/09/2013 Toronto ON The Drake Hotel 07/06/2013 Memphis TN The Shell Complex 07/05/2013 Rockford IL Kryptonite 07/04/2013 Ottawa ON Lebreton Flats 06/29/2013 Milwaukee WI Marcus Amphitheater 06/24/2013 Santa Fe NM Santa Fe Bandstand 06/22/2013 Boulder CO Fox Theatre 06/21/2013 Albuquerque NM Rio Grande Zoo 06/05/2013 Sheffield South Yorkshire The Greystones 06/03/2013 Manchester Man Night and Day 06/02/2013 Nottingham Ngm Bodega Social 05/29/2013 Bristol Avn Louisiana Bristol 05/28/2013 London London The Lexington 05/16/2013 Brighton Bnh Brighton Dome 04/29/2013 San Francisco CA The Chapel 04/28/2013 Grass Valley CA The Center for the Arts Grass Valley 04/27/2013 Santa Barbara CA Soho Restaurant and Music Club 04/26/2013 Santa Barbara CA Storke Plaza 04/18/2013 Fort Worth TX The Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge 04/11/2013 London United Kingdom The Islington 03/26/2013 Aspen CO Belly Up Aspen 03/24/2013 Telluride CO Sheridan Opera House 03/23/2013 Steamboat Springs CO Steamboat Ski Resort 03/22/2013 Colorado Springs CO Pikes Peak Center 03/21/2013 Denver CO Bluebird Theater 03/15/2013 Austin TX St. David's Bethell Hall 03/14/2013 Wimberley TX Blue Rock Christmas Concert! 03/09/2013 Dallas TX The Prophet Bar 03/03/2013 Tampa FL The Crowbar 02/20/2013 Washington DC U Street Music Hall 02/19/2013 Philadelphia PA World Cafe Live 02/18/2013 New York NY Mercury Lounge 02/16/2013 Portland ME Port City Music Hall 02/15/2013 Cambridge MA TT The Bears
The Dunwells Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 11/09/2012 Boise ID Neurolux Lounge 11/07/2012 San Francisco CA Brick & Mortar Music Hall 11/05/2012 San Francisco CA Cafe Du Nord 11/01/2012 Petaluma CA Mystic Theatre 10/29/2012 Hollywood CA Hotel Cafe 10/21/2012 Dallas TX House of Blues Dallas 10/14/2012 Austin TX Zilker Park 10/14/2012 Austin TX Austin City Limits Music Festival 10/13/2012 Austin TX Uncle Billy's 10/12/2012 Austin TX Zilker Park 10/11/2012 Austin TX Wanderlust Live 10/09/2012 Durango CO Community Concert Hall 10/07/2012 Santa Fe NM Railyard Plaza Buckaroo Barn Dance 10/05/2012 Socorro NM Macey Center, New Mexico Tech 09/27/2012 London London The Borderline 09/26/2012 Nottingham Ngm Bodega Social 09/25/2012 Leeds Yorkshire Brudenell Social Club 09/23/2012 Manchester Man Moho Live 09/22/2012 Bristol Avn Louisiana Bristol 09/15/2012 Ithaca NY State Theatre of Ithaca 09/14/2012 Carlisle PA Carlisle Regional Performing Arts Center 09/09/2012 Phoenix AZ Musical Instrument Museum 09/07/2012 Taos NM Taos Solar Center 08/21/2012 San Francisco CA The Independent 08/15/2012 La Jolla CA Birch Aquarium 07/31/2012 Louisville KY Uncle Slayton's 07/24/2012 Boston MA Brighton Music Hall 07/20/2012 Pittsburgh PA Hard Rock Cafe 07/18/2012 New York NY Mercury Lounge