Antje Duvekot

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Antje Duvekot
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Background information
Birth nameAntje Duvekot
Born1976 (age 41–42)
Heidelberg, Germany
OriginPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
GenresFolk
pop
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
Guitarist
InstrumentsAcoustic guitar, Vocals, Piano, Ukulele, Harmonica, Irish bouzouki
Years active2000–present
Associated actsSolas
Ellis Paul
WebsiteOfficial website
Official MySpace page

Antje Duvekot (/ˈɑːntjə ˈdvəkɒt/ AHNT-yə DOO-və-kot;[1] born 1976) is a singer-songwriter and guitarist based in Somerville, Massachusetts. She holds three top songwriting awards including the Kerrville New Folk Competition's Best New Folk Award, Boston Music Award for Outstanding Folk Act, and Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.[2]

Biography[edit]

Duvekot moved to Delaware at the age of 13.[3] Duvekot writes songs that are often profound and personal, and she frequently records and performs with little accompaniment besides her acoustic guitar.

She began recording music on her own at the age of cassette tapes for her friends. At 18 she won the first open mic competition she entered, at the Sam Adams Brewpub in Philadelphia. Within a year, she had recorded a number of songs on a borrowed 4-Track tape machine, and released a self-produced full-length cassette entitled Waterstains" which she sold at gigs in and around Newark, Delaware, where she had attended the University of Delaware.

In 2000, her song “Soma” won the grand prize in the rock category of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.[4]

Duvekot often tours with Ellis Paul, who sings on her first studio album, Big Dream Boulevard. Big Dream Boulevard was produced by Séamus Egan of the Irish-American band Solas. Solas has previously recorded five of Duvekot's songs: "Black Annis," "The Poisonjester's Mask," "Erin," "Reasonland," and "Merry Go Round."

Duvekot's first two albums, Little Peppermints and Boys, Flowers, Miles, are based on recordings of live performances, although some tracks include studio overdubs as well. Both albums include spoken anecdotes from Duvekot.

In 2007, Duvekot's song "Merry-Go-Round" was featured a large-scale marketing campaign for Bank of America, including a high-profile spot during Super Bowl XLI.[4] Duvekot performed for the first time as a professional in Europe, in August 2007, as part of Denmark's Tonder Festival, accompanied by Karan Casey, John Doyle, Liz Carroll, Julie Fowlis, and Mick McAuley.

Duvekot released her second studio CD, The Near Demise of the Highwire Dancer, on Black Wolf Records in March 2009. The album, which features 11 tracks, most of them originals, was produced by singer-songwriter Richard Shindell.[5]

Duvekot's latest album, Toward the Thunder, is her fourth full-length studio album featuring 11 tracks. The album is her most personal to date and she handled all aspects of the record herself, including designing the cover.[6]

Discography[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

  • Little Peppermints (2002)
  • Boys, Flowers, Miles (2005)
  • Big Dream Boulevard (Black Wolf Records, 2006)
  • Snapshots (Black Wolf Records, 2008)
  • The Near Demise of the Highwire Dancer (2009)
  • Antje Duvekot LIVE from all over the place (2011)
  • New Siberia (2012)
  • Toward The Thunder (2016)

Collaborative albums[edit]

  • Winterbloom: Winter Traditions (2009)

(with Anne Heaton, Meg Hutchinson, and Natalia Zukerman)

  • 'SOLAS: Reunion - A Decade of SOLAS' (2006)

Track listings[edit]

Little Peppermints (2002)

  • 1 Streets of Soho
  • 2 Talk #1
  • 3 Sirens
  • 4 Merry-Go-Round
  • 5 Long Way
  • 6 Talk #2
  • 7 Noah's Titanic
  • 8 Intro #1
  • 9 Anna
  • 10 Milk and Trash
  • 11 Intro #2
  • 12 Black Annis
  • 13 Diana's Song

Boys, Flowers, Miles (2005)

  • 1 Dublin Boys
  • 2 Judas
  • 3 Dandelion
  • 4 Anabelle
  • 5 Pearls
  • 6 Erin
  • 7 Landlady Song
  • 8 Sex Bandaid
  • 9 Go Now
  • 10 Reasonland
  • 11 Opium
  • 12 Guest Song by Lizanne Knott

Big Dream Boulevard (2006)

  • 1 Dandelion
  • 2 Go Now
  • 3 Diamond On Your Hand
  • 4 Jerusalem
  • 5 Sex Bandaid
  • 6 Helpless Kiss
  • 7 Judas
  • 8 Pearls
  • 9 South
  • 10 Anna
  • 11 Hold On
  • 12 untitled

The Near Demise of the Highwire Dancer (2009)

  • 1 Vertigo
  • 2 Ragdoll Princes & Junkyard Queens
  • 3 Long Way
  • 4 Lighthouse
  • 5 Dublin Boys
  • 6 The Bridge
  • 7 Scream
  • 8 Reasonland
  • 9 Coney Island
  • 10 Merry-Go-Round

Antje Duvekot LIVE from all over the place (2011)

  • 1 The Ballad Of Penny Evans
  • 2 Hold On
  • 3 Diamond In Your Hand
  • 4 They All Laughed
  • 5 "happy place" banter
  • 6 Sweet Spot
  • 7 "playing the piano" banter
  • 8 The Wind
  • 9 Four Stitches
  • 10 If I Needed You
  • 11 Christian Boys
  • 12 "fox news" banter
  • 13 Fat Bottom Girls
  • 14 Mercedes Benz
  • 15 "solas/irish crowd" banter
  • 16 Sailing Off to the Yankee Land
  • 17 Vertigo

New Siberia (2012)

  • 1 Into The City
  • 2 Ballad Of Fred Noonan
  • 3 The Life Of A Princess
  • 4 Phoenix
  • 5 New Siberia
  • 6 Glamorous Girls
  • 7 Noah's Titanic
  • 8 Four Stitches
  • 9 Sleepy Sea Of Indigo And Blue
  • 10 The Perfect Date
  • 11 Juliet

Toward The Thunder (2016)

  • 1 Half Light
  • 2 Mexico
  • 3 Passenger
  • 4 Soma
  • 5 Caffeinated Warriors
  • 6 The Light And The Sea
  • 7 Sweet Spot
  • 8 Chalk In The Rain
  • 9 Gypsy
  • 10 Flint, Michigan
  • 11 The Parting Glass

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Antje Duvekot's website". Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Signature Discoveries: Antje Duvekot". Signature Sounds Records. Archived from the original on 2009-02-12. Retrieved 2009-05-10.
  3. ^ "Focus On: Antje Duvekot". Folk Alley. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Antje Duvekot : Bio : Antje Duvekot - bio". Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  5. ^ "The Near Demise of the High Wire Dancer Is Now On Sale". Antje Duvekot Official Website. Retrieved 2009-05-04.
  6. ^ Madeloni, Dave (12 Nov 2015). "Antje Duvekot's new CD is all hers". Brattleboro Reformer. Retrieved 18 May 2017.