Duquette performs for all ages

Mar 08, 2018
Rob Duquette

Belfast — Rob Duquette will be the artist of the week beginning Monday, March 12, on WERU-FM (89.9 FM) and will celebrate his new album at The Playhouse, 107 Church St., Saturday, March 17.

There will be a children's show at 3 p.m. and a concert of his latest music at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for the children’s show, $10 for the evening concert.

Some musicians spend their entire careers as sidemen, backing up and sitting in as needed for bandleaders and assorted singers. New England’s Duquette is one such, having made his career since the mid-1990s as a well respected and in-demand sideman, most notably as a member of Jonathan Edwards’ touring band. He also has regularly played with other notables as Jack Sonni (Dire Straits) and legendary composer David Amram over the last 15 years.

Duquette gained national attention as part of the jazz-folk-pop group Cactus Highway in the early 2000s. But it was not until the release of his first album, 2014’s "This Time," that he finally stepped out of the shadows. With the release of 2017’s "Trust the Night," Duquette further comes into his own as both a writer and bandleader, forging an indie-folk singer/songwriter sound while mixing in touches of his extensive jazz and world music background.

“Trust The Night” showcases Duquette’s many musical talents in a way that he has not revealed before. The new album features multi-instrumentalist Duquette, as well as a stellar backing band anchored by John Kumnick (Cyndi Lauper, David Bowie) on bass and Duquette’s high school bandmate Nick Luca (Iron and Wine, Sheryl Crow) on guitar and synths. Edwards plays harmonica on several songs and sings on "Coffee in the Dark,” a tale about a strong woman who leaves her privileged upbringing to forge her own way as a fish monger.

Duquette’s day job is bringing his original children's music to schools, festivals and libraries across the Northeast, spreading lessons of love and kindness. With this new album release, he hopes to turn the attention to leading his own four-piece band and headlining club and theater gigs throughout New England. For more information, visit robduquette.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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