“ The Durham County Poets are inventive in their taking musical roots and reshaping them. Soulful folk who make the listener pay attention. In my opinion, they deserve a wide audience. ”
— Spike Barkin
“There's something about the Durham County Poets that leaves you feeling that everything might be OK in the world after all. There's a human spirit that lives in these people and their music is the medium that allows that spirit to roam free.”
With more than five years of performing together, Durham County Poets have really gelled as a band and their songwriting – each of them contributes or collaborates – is stronger than ever. Mike Regenstrief, Folk Roots/Folk Branches
For a band hailing from Quebec, Durham County Poets can certainly evoke the Deep South. Frontman Kevin Harvey had the crowd in his palm from the outset, peppering in light-hearted stories and silly banter between songs. Harvey's voice had a homey, James Taylor-esque quality, but with a bit of an edge. Neil Cowley, Rochester Jazz Fest review, 2017
Durham County Poets are from the Chateauguay valley located in Quebec, Canada. Their influences are varied, from blues to folk, from jazz to gospel, with elements of the Band, James Taylor, Jimmy Reed, even some Leon Redbone. Each member brings a different musical background to the band that marries into a sound that has been labeled as soulful folk.
“This group plays bluesy country/folk with a lot of verve. The lead singer sits in his wheelchair and just kills every vocal. The recording on “River” has mostly an ambient sound with very little reverb. It gives the listener a sense of sitting in a living room somewhere, listening to the band crank out one great tune after another.”
— Acoustic Live in New York City, album review
In the Press or Media
- 2018/03/12 Link to Montreal Blues Society album review http://www.bluesmontreal.com/fr-ca/8bn-durham-county-poets
- 2016/06/17 DCP Recognized by Pulse Music with Nomination
- 2017/05/02 Live performance on Global News Montreal
- 2016/07/31 Radio interview with John Platt WFUV 90.7
- 2017/04/29 CBC radio interview 'All in a Weekend'
Press Quotes & Links
"A very cool bunch and extremely talented, I met them a couple of years ago and was impressed by their live performance and enthusiasm for the blues and roots music they so eloquently deliver, their new release, 'Grimshaw Road', is superb." Stevie Connor, Blues & Roots radio album of the week
"The Poets lay down a sweet acoustic groove that's subtle, yet captivating. Utilizing strong players on double bass, acoustic guitar, stellar electric guitar, percussion utilizing primarily brushes, they gently work around Kevin Harvey's soulful lead vocals. I think every song I heard from them had at least one intriguing key change, further tenderizing the overall sound. Both acoustic and electric guitars often played together, uttering an almost piano sound with their blend. Watch for them next time they're around." Steve Tennant Medium?
"Enjoy the groove and good humor of The Durham County Poets." John Platt, WFUV, radio (Fordham University Public Media)
"Cet album des Durham County Poets s’écoute agréablement d’un bout à l’autre en nous faisant découvrir plusieurs styles musicaux. La qualité de l’enregistrement ne fait qu’ajouter au plaisir que procure l’écoute de ce blues rural et apaisant. Les amateurs de musiques ouverts aux autres styles associés au blues et au folk seront séduits par cet album. Laissez-vous emportez par la musique et les paroles des poètes du comté de Durham et partez sur la route du blues avec GRIMSHAW ROAD des Durham County Poets." Pierre Lamontagne, Montreal Blues Society
"Kevin Harvey’ s rich voice and nuanced delivery covers the scope of life…. with ballads and blues-inflected originals, some swing and genial humour. Guitarist David Whyte’s guitar solos are pure grace. The Poets will get you dancing in the hallways, laughing, and feeling those blues. " Spirit of Rasputin, Ottawa, Can.