The "Dukes of New York" are:
Michelle Major-Butler – Vox, Backing Vox
Zoe Bradbrook – Vox, Backing Vox
Will Hessey – Guitar, Vox, Backing Vox
Pip Bradbrook – Bass
History: Will and Pip have been playing music together since first meeting each other at school in their home town of Ipswich. They both have vast musical experience gained in previous bands, sessions, teaching, writing and playing live – together and solo. This, coupled with a great friendship, resulted in a formidal musical partnership and thus the "Dukes of New York" were born. In 2015 they moved into a new arena of songwriting, extending the partnership to include Zoe and Michelle, adding softness in the vocals, but still with a sting in the tail with the lyrics. Now a four-piece, they are launching Nails – for the first time with Michelle on lead vocals.
Where they've been: The Dukes have played festivals and gigs around the UK, including the much-acclaimed Willow Festival (Peterborough) in summer 2014 and Whatfest 2008/9 (Cheshire). In former guises Will has performed as far afield as Cornwall and Italy. They have also enjoyed radio play locally and outside the UK, featured on various US radio stations over Christmas 2013. They are thrilled to have appeared on an Electric Six track “Karate Lips”, featured on their album “Human Zoo” (released Oct 2014).
Latest release: Their latest single - “Nails” is being launched in October 2015. With Michelle's hauntingly soulful voice this song can either reflect world events or personal situations, however you care to interpret it. As co-songwriter, Will again combines his lyrical observations on life with guitar work to match the spirit of the song - in parts with a driving riff, in others with lightness, matching the light and dark undercurrents of the song.
Supergrass, RHCP, Bowie, Sparks, Neil Young, Radiohead, Electric Six, QOTSA, Foo Fighters, Warron Zevon, Guitars, bad movies, and Pizza...