‘In Spite of the Devil’ Spuyten Duyvil Soared

Spuyten Duyvil is a section of Bronx County, New York; it is also the name of a New York-based American roots band that roared into an Extended Play session at Alternate Root TV recently.

Spuyten Duyvil

Spuyten Duyvil

I was excited to see this band because their music seemed to be right up my favorite alley. I felt the energy that emanates from one of their publicity photos, and their live show supported that feeling.

The seven members of the band took the stage, which quickly became crowded, and immediately launched into ‘I’ll Fly Away’ which is one of my favorite traditional songs, especially when the musicians harmonize as well as Spuyten Duyvil does. They not only did justice to it, but improved it if that’s possible.

Spuyten Duyvil

Beth Kaufman

From there, they performed songs mostly from ‘Temptation’, their most recent release. Their sound is old-timey, bluegrassy, funky, second-liney, and FUN!

Spuyten Duyvil

Spuyten Duyvil

It was difficult to remain seated when all I wanted to do was dance (okay, and take photos which is difficult to do when dancing). Even though their music is unique, it somehow felt familiar, probably because it is a style I enjoy so much.

Spuyten Duyvil

Spuyten Duyvil

On this night, Mark Miller on guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, and vocals; Beth Jamie Kaufman on vocals and hand percussion; James Meigs on harmonica; John Neidhart on bass; Jagoda on drums; Rik Mercaldi on guitar and lap steel; and a fiddler player (whose name I unfortunately do not recall) comprised the band.

James Meigs

James Meigs

Rik M

Rik Mercaldi

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John Neidhart

Mark Miller

Mark Miller

Jagoda

Jagoda

Beth

Beth

Fiddle player

Fiddle player

They are all extremely talented musicians, but I was especially captivated by James’ harmonica and Rik’s guitar; these are not the instruments that generally capture my attention (those would be keyboard and saxophone) but James and Rik play them very well!

James

James

Rik

Rik

Most of the songwriting is done by Mark and Beth, a husband and wife team.  One of the songs, ‘Bitter’, might be my favorite from the evening. As I listen to their CDs, however, I keep changing my mind about which song is my favorite.

Spuyten Duyvil

Spuyten Duyvil

Beth has an impressive vocal range, from higher and almost bird-like to deeper and sultry.

Beth

Beth

I particularly enjoyed the way the entire band, but Beth in particular, connected with the audience. Beth made a lot of eye contact with me and others, feeding off our joy. I felt their passion, and I believe others did as well.

Beth

Beth

The conversation after the performance was enlightening. They talked about their songwriting process as well as the chemistry among them. When the television show airs, I believe my readers will find it extremely interesting.

Spuyten Duyvil

Spuyten Duyvil

This is a band that is now on my radar for a return trip to Boston; they should be on your radar if you enjoy their style.

About suze72

I've loved the arts all my life... I go to a lot of concerts, take lots of photos and want to share them. Every once in a while I do something other than a concert, too. The Boston area is full of opportunities to indulge my passion - I'd like to help make it yours too!

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