Union Duke Fans Ecstatic, Road To Folk Fest Returned Them To Kingsville

(Union Duke band members with Kingsville Folk Fest producers and award winning singer/songwriters, Michele and John Law (The Laws), during a Road To Folk Fest concert at the Lions Community Hall in Kingsville, Ontario, on Nov. 24, 2018. Photo above by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.)

This past Saturday, Kingsville Folk Fest presented show number two of their four part “Road To Folkfest” Concert Series featuring Toronto based quintet Union Duke at the Kingsville Lions Community Hall (Nov. 24). The band’s high energy mix of Alternative Rock, Bluegrass and Country thrilled music fans in a previous Road To Folk Fest Concert and during the 2016 edition of Kingsville Folk Fest. The community was ecstatic to experience them once again.

Union Duke's Ethan Smith (acoustic guitar and vocals)

Union Duke band member Ethan Smith (acoustic guitar and vocals) performing at the Lions Community Hall in Kingsville, Ontario, on Nov. 24, 2018. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

Matt Warry-Smith (ukulele, percussion), Union Duke

Union Duke Band member Matt Warry-Smith (ukulele, percussion) performing at the Lions Community Hall in Kingsville, Ontario, on Nov. 24, 2018. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

Union Duke’s five members combine soaring harmonies and energetic, foot stomping, musicianship that keeps the crowd engaged from start to finish. Saturday night was no exception. The crowd of one hundred plus music fans clapped along enthusiastically and laughed at the band’s witty stage banter displayed regularly throughout the show. The band played two sets of music and between sets mingled with fans at the back of the hall posing for photos and signing merchandise which sold quite briskly. Beer from Kingsville’s The Grove Brew House and wine from Pelee Island Winery were sold, helping to support local business.

Beverage Hostesses From Pelee Island Winery and Grove Brewery

Beverage hostesses, Robyn Braybrook-Gard (left) and Haley Brooke, served products from Pelee Island Winery and Grove Brewery during the Union Duke Road To Folk Fest Concert at Kingsville Lions Community Hall on Nov. 24, 2018. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

Union Duke just recently returned from a West Coast mini-tour of B.C. and Alberta in support of their most recent album, Golden Days, which was recorded in studio, “live off the floor” to try and capture the energy of their live shows. Upcoming shows include a show at Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern on December 15 and The MacLaren Arts Centre in Barrie Ontario January 18.

For more information about the band, including upcoming shows visit http://unionduke.com

The Sun Parlour Folk Music Society’s mission is to bring world-class folk, acoustic and world music, with an emphasis on Canadian artists, to southwestern Ontario, between Chatham and Windsor, Ontario, through the annual Kingsville Folk Music Festival and an on-going concert series, the Road to Folk Fest Concerts.

Michele Law

Kingsville Folk Festival Producer, Michele Law, introduces Union Duke before they took the stage for the Road To Folk Fest Concert at Kingsville Lions Community Hall on Nov. 24, 2018. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

The Society is the only not for profit organization in the region dedicated to the promotion of live music performance, and the Kingsville Folk Music Festival, established 2014, is the only folk music festival west of London, Ontario.

The 2019 edition of the festival is set to take place on Aug. 9 to 11, and early bird discounted tickets are usually available upto a certain cutoff date. The Road To Folk Fest Concert Series continues with Canada’s young bluegrass band to watch, The Slocan Ramblers (Feb. 8) and one of Canada’s greatest roots singer-songwriters, Dave Gunning (March 29).

For more information about the festival and concert series visit https://www.kingsvillefolkfest.org

Union Duke's Jim McDonald (banjo)

Union Duke band member Jim McDonald (banjo) performing at the Lions Community Hall in Kingsville, Ontario, on Nov. 24, 2018. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

Union Duke's Will Staunton (bass, percussion)

Union Duke band member Will Staunton (bass, percussion) performing at the Lions Community Hall in Kingsville, Ontario, on Nov. 24, 2018. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

Union Duke's Rob McLaren (electric guitar, fiddle)

Union Duke band member Rob McLaren (electric guitar, fiddle) performing at the Lions Community Hall in Kingsville, Ontario, on Nov. 24, 2018. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

Union Duke

Union Duke performing, as part of Road To Folk Fest Concert Series, at the Lions Community Hall in Kingsville, Ontario, on Nov. 24, 2018. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.


Photos by Dan Boshart

Dan Boshart is a talented photographer from Windsor, Ontario, who is looking forward to spending more time on concert photography when he retires from his full time job in the automotive industry. In addition to shooting bands, he has an interest in travel, architectural and street photography. Some of Dan’s photos can be viewed on Instagram and he can be followed on Twitter.