Concert Review

Cuff The Duke

Cuff the Duke is a Canadian alternative country band originating from Oshawa, Ontario. The band’s music blends elements of folk, rock, and alt-country, characterized by lush harmonies, melodic hooks, and introspective lyrics.

Formed in 2001, Cuff the Duke consists of vocalist and guitarist Wayne Petti, guitarist and vocalist Paul Lowman, bassist and vocalist Tyson McShane, and drummer and percussionist Dale Murray. Their sound often incorporates a variety of instruments beyond the traditional guitar-bass-drums setup, including keyboards, pedal steel guitar, and various string instruments.

Cuff the Duke gained recognition with their debut self-titled album released in 2005, which featured tracks like “Take My Money and Run” and “Ballad of a Lonely Construction Worker.” Subsequent albums such as “Sidelines of the City” (2007) and “Way Down Here” (2009) further solidified their reputation for crafting emotionally resonant and musically rich compositions.

Over the years, Cuff the Duke has toured extensively across Canada and internationally, building a dedicated fan base drawn to their earnest songwriting and dynamic live performances. While the band’s lineup and musical direction have evolved over time, they have remained influential figures within the Canadian indie music scene.

Cuff the Duke’s discography reflects a diverse range of musical influences and a commitment to pushing the boundaries of genre conventions while staying true to their roots in folk and alt-country traditions.