• sam duckworth Amazing Grace (CD, £12.95)

    label: alcopop!

    Sam Duckworth returns with the most intensely personal, emotional project that he has ever been involved with. Forget everything you know about Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly this is Sam at his most breathtaking. For a decade Sam Duckworth existed (musically) under the opinion splitting moniker Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. In these ten years he amassed 4 albums (2 top 30) and 4 top 40 singles. He graced the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury, Mainstage at Reading/Leeds and Bestival, closed the Astoria and bought emo to the Congo and Nigeria as part of Damon Albarn's Africa Express. However he soon got sick of explaining what the band name meant (secret: it didn't mean much) and in September 2014 he laid his cape to rest with a celebration at Kentish Town Forum. The past few years have been an interesting one for Mr Duckworth. A near fatal bout of waterborne parasites threw things off course for a bit. Throughout the recovery he assembled a cast of over 40 musicians to create the stunning 'Amazing Grace' LP, named after his Hoxton Recording Studio, with the renewed sense of wit and vigour that bought him to prominence in his early twenties. His latest single 1986 was released as a free download to coincide with a European tour with Andy Burrows. It showcases a modern political artist not afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve. "People always talk of second chances, but I guess this really is the case for me. Getting ill was a chance to learn and to streamline.

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