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Sam Duckworth
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Sam Duckworth, aka Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly in 2010
Background information
Birth name Samuel Lloyd Duckworth[1]
Also known as Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly
Born (1986-01-30) 30 January 1986 (age 30)
Origin Southend, Essex, England
Genres Indie rock, electroacoustic
Occupation(s) Singer/songwriter
Instruments vocals, acoustic guitar
Years active 2004–present
Labels Alcopop!
Cooking Vinyl[2]
Big Scary Monsters

Sam Duckworth is an English musician formerly known as Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. He is sometimes referred to as Get Cape, Cape, GCWCF and Slam Dunkworth (the latter title apparently first coined by Emmy The Great).[3] According to Duckworth, his stage name comes from Retro Gamer magazine, from an article about superhero games such as Batman containing the heading "Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly".[4]

Music career[edit]

Sam grew up in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. Get Cape was signed to Atlantic Records in March 2006, after playing many gigs, both with punk rock band Silverskin and as Get Cape. As Get Cape, Duckworth has collaborated with Billy Bragg, Nitin Sawhney, Shlomo, Killa Kela, Baba Maal, Flea, Kate Nash, and many others with his participation in many events for Africa Express.[5]

Sam co-organised The Demolition Ball - the last night at the London Astoria venue before it was knocked down in January 2009.[6] Get Cape also headlined the Astoria for his 21st birthday party.[7]

After 10 years, Sam Duckworth decided to end Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, to continue to make music under his own name. The last ever show under the 'Get Cape' moniker was held at The Forum, Kentish Town on 12 September 2014.[8]

The Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager[edit]

Get Cape's debut album, The Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager, is best described as an indie/folk/electronic fusion. The album made the top 100 albums of 2006 lists of Q and NME. It reached number 26 on the official UK album chart and spawned three top 40 singles.

In October 2006, he performed as part of the BBC Electric Proms.[9] He played at a number of major festivals in 2007, including Oxegen, Glastonbury,[10] Reading and Leeds Festivals and SXSW, and appeared in the BBC Radio 1 live lounge.

In January 2007, Duckworth was nominated for best solo artist at the annual NME Awards, up against Lily Allen, Jamie T, Jarvis Cocker and Thom Yorke, although he did not win.

Searching for the Hows and Whys[edit]

Get Cape's second album, Searching for the Hows and Whys was released on 10 March 2008.[11] It features guest vocals from Kate Nash on the track, "Better Things".[12] The album also features Billy Bragg on "Interlude".[13] "Waiting for the Monster to Drown" was released as a free download via Get Cape's official website and MySpace on 7 December 2007. The first single released from the album was "Find The Time" which was released on 3 March 2008, and reached number 33 on the UK Top 40 Chart.

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. [Self-titled][edit]

The third and self-titled album was released on Cooking Vinyl on 13 September 2010, with the first single from the album "Collapsing Cities Feat. Shy FX" released on 9 August 2010.[14] The album cover artwork was created by artist Jon Kipps and photographer Joe Lang.

The Mannequin[edit]

Sam Duckworth performing in 2011

The Mannequin is the first album released under the name Sam Duckworth rather than 'Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.'[15]


The fourth Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly album was released on 7 May 2012.[16]

London Royal[edit]

The fifth and final Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly album was released on 15 September 2014 on Alcopop! Records. This accompanied a farewell UK tour between 28 August and 12 September.


On 24 March 2008, he performed on Hollyoaks as part of a gig staged in the village.[17]

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly has also had an episode of American TV show One Tree Hill named after him. Every episode of the show has a title with a musical theme, either a song title or band name. Episode 3 of season 6 of One Tree Hill is titled "Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly."

Personal life[edit]

Sam grew up in Southend-on-Sea and attended Southend High School for Boys between 1997 and 2004, studying up to A-level.[citation needed]

Duckworth is well known for his debating and love for a variety of different musical styles. He has had run-ins with the British National Party after a racist attack in a nightclub which led to the song "Glasshouses", and he has since become an avid supporter of Love Music Hate Racism.[18] He is also a Fairtrade supporter.[19]

Sam also took part in Oxfam's Blue campaign at Glastonbury which was shot by photographer Rankin.[20]



Year Alias Title Label Chart
2006 Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly The Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager Atlantic #26 (UK Albums)
2008 Searching for the Hows and Whys #30 (UK Albums)
2010 Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly Cooking Vinyl #89 (UK Albums)
2011 Sam Duckworth The Mannequin
2012 Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly Maps
2014 London Royal Alcopop!
2015 Sam Duckworth Amazing Grace


Year Alias Title Label Chart
2004 Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly Split with The Remarkable Rocket BSM
2005 Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly
2006 Split with Dave House BSM / Gravity DIP
2009 Covers Pure Groove
2011 Sam Duckworth Angels in the Snow Cooking Vinyl
2014 Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly / Sam Duckworth Starrcade Alcopop!


Year Alias Title Label Chart Album
2006 Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly I Spy / Call Me Ishmael Atlantic The Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager
The Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager (Part One) #38 (UK Singles)
War of the Worlds #39 (UK Singles)
2007 I Spy #37 (UK Singles)
Waiting for the Monster to Drown Searching for the Hows and Whys
2008 Find the Time #33 (UK Singles)
Keep Singing Out
2010 Collapsing Cities Cooking Vinyl Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly

Other contributors[edit]

Other members of the Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly live band have included:

  • Mikey Glenister – Cornet
  • Andy Theakstone – Drums
  • Gavin Fitzjohn – Trumpet, Sax
  • Jamie Allen – Bass Guitar
  • Tom Pinder – Trombone
  • Tim Oliver – Keyboards
  • Chris Bradshaw – Guitar
  • Cody Webb - Bongo


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