Duck Soup – English folk music , with a dash of the music-hall, a dollop of groove and a soupcon of surreality.
From Sussex singers to French Canadian melodeon players, from obscure 78s to R. Crumb’s Cheap Suit Serenaders, from here to eternity, Duck Soup bring together a multitude of influences to make classic English music.
Duck Soup is a happy accident. Way back in 2005, Dan Quinn (Gas Mark 5, Flowers & Frolics) started thinking about recording a solo album, and thought it would be fun to get Ian Kearey (Shirley Collins, Oysterband) and Adam Bushell (Stocai, Tacet Ensemble) to join him on a couple of numbers. He was right! So much so that we recorded the whole album as a trio, and haven’t stopped since.
Our sound is based around Dan’s melodeon and vocals, which keep us firmly rooted in English tradition even when we’re playing tunes from Canada, Barbados or beyond
Whatever he plays, Ian provides solid groove. He’s a man that can find the rock’n’roll heart of any traditional ballad, and vice versa.
Adam’s array of instruments might not immediately make you think of folk music, but the way he plays them will – from polka-ing with a marimba to ballad-ing with a phonofiddle.
It all ends up as a glorious cross between an English tune session in your favourite pub and a collision in an instrument shop.
We’ve released two albums over the years (Duck Soup in 2005 and Open On Sundays in 2010), both of which have been very well received (4/5 stars in the Guardian for Open On Sundays!) and have played to audiences around the South East – including performances at Sidmouth, Towersey, Lewes and Crawley Folk Festivals, the East Anglian Traditional Music Day and the Copper Family’s famous House Concerts!
Oh, and just in case you’re wondering, we’re not named after Duck Soup the Marx Brothers film from 1933 – we’re named after Duck Soup the Laurel & Hardy film from 1927. Both films were directed by Leo McCarey, and we’re just sorry he’s not here to direct our videos.