Leeds folk-rockers are going to town for homecoming gig

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Folk-rockers The Dunwells may be making waves on the other side of the Atlantic – but as far as they are concerned Leeds is still the main place to be.

The band are currently preparing for their biggest ever home-turf concert in the historic surroundings of Leeds Town Hall next Friday, April 25.

And they cannot wait for a show that promises to be every bit as special as dates in Colorado and Tennessee that helped earn them a devoted following in the US.

Pudsey’s Dave Dunwell, one of three members of the band who went to St Mary’s RC High School in Menston, said: “We wanted a spectacular end to our UK tour and we feel that there is nothing in Leeds, or anywhere else for that matter, as spectacular as the interior of Leeds Town Hall. It truly is a venue that the city can be proud of and we are privileged to play there.”

Dave’s brother and fellow band member Joseph, a former student at Leeds College of Music, added: “Leeds is the last show on our UK tour and we are aiming to go out with a bang. We recently played live on BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show and we have played on the Jay Leno show on American television but this is the big one for us.”

The Dunwells started out performing in the pubs and clubs of Leeds before graduating to a venue called The Bedford, in Balham, London.

A promoter spotted their potential and asked them if they wanted to play a show he was putting on in Memphis, Tennessee.

The lads raised £6,000 to make the journey – and the effort proved well worth it, as their visit led to them being snapped up by Texas-based record company Playing in Traffic.

Tickets for Friday’s show at Leeds Town Hall cost £20 or £30 for the front four rows. Visit the www.leedsconcertseason.com website for more details.

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