Last night at Nick’s…

We played a long pair of sets last night at our Sunday night residency…did the entire new album in the first set, and then did a lot of perennial favorites and a couple of improvisations in the second set.  Even repeated “Conspiracy” for a couple of guys who came in late…

Chris Lawton was unable to join us on Sunday (thanks, work!) but we were ably assisted by the guitar of Mark Jodice of Bring Back Pluto for the night, bringing that jazz/fusion thing on his red Strat.

You too can sample the madness!  Go listen to “Duende Project Live at AS220” on your streaming service of choice or pick up the album for download at Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon Music, you name it…

Check out a review and link here!

See you on December 2!


We’ll be playing Nick’s tonight after the Listen reading (with Jackie Morrill as a feature). That’s at 7.

We go on after that, around 9 or so. We just released a live album to all the usual streaming and sales services, and there will be a LIMITED number of CDs of it there at Nick’s tonight — special bonus studio track included. (Hint: It might be something about the President.)

Come down and hear us roar! Nick’s, 124 Millbury Street, Worcester, MA.

Album Review here…

Strong Style Coffee

Brand new coffee house at 15 Cushing Street, Fitchburg, MA….Eirean Bradley of slam poetry fame and his partner Kim Jones have a groovy new place there…

and we’ll be playing there Saturday night!  8 PM.  Come get caffeinated and Duende-fied!

Gig report from July 29th…

TONY:  I’ve been lax in doing these, so here’s a quick one from our last gig at Nick’s…

On July 29th at our regular Sunday night gig at Nick’s we played not one, not two, not three, but FOUR pieces we’d never played before live, two of which were straight up improvfests.

Tony played the baritone guitar for the first time in a long time because his hand felt better than it had in a while; Capri Lanning-Cafaro took a stunning vocal on Tom Waits’ “Temptation” done a la Diana Krall; and Chris O’Donnell, Christopher G Lawton, and Steven Lanning-Cafaro were their usual sterling selves on their respective instruments.

Tony wants to, in particular, thank the guys in the band who actually know what they’re doing in situations where they’re hearing him play a piece for the first time.

He says, “When I’m doing it with their stuff, I either riff a poem off the top of my head or leaf through the iPad for ideas till I find one. They have to respond in the moment to a passable but still very insecure musician as he fumbles though on an instrument tuned differently than the usual. It’s a skill I wish I had.”

Sadly, the place was a ghost town after the first set. There were VERY few people there for Listen as well, which was a bummer because it was regular reader Gwyneth Campbell’s first ever feature anywhere, and I’d have thought that was a thing for people to celebrate.

Hoping it’s a late summer thing. We kick a great show, even to an empty room. But…man, it’s hard not having a crowd to feed off of.

We’ll be back on August 12.  You should be there.


Two important shows coming up…

Of course they’re all important, but these two have special significance.

On MAY 29th, we’ll be playing on a bill with Cross Rhode Blues and The Fellowship Of Feeding Wolves at AS220, Empire Street, Providence RI.  Providence is a great town to play; we don’t play there that often.  We’ll be filming our set professionally and recording it as well.  Would LOVE to see you all there.  Let’s pack the joint.

On June 30th, we will be on a blockbuster bill for Farmfest, a benefit for Donker Farm, the last operating farm entirely within the boundaries of Worcester. We’ll be at the venerable and much-celebrated Ralph’s Diner on Grove Street in Worcester, MA, with bands and performers spanning the genres from blues and poetry to hip hop.  Might even have a new piece to celebrate the moment and the cause.  For more info about the farm itself and the Greater Worcester Land Trust, go visit

Hope to see you at either of these!  Full show details to follow for ALL our gigs.  Summer’s coming and we’re getting busy.