Photo by Ami Barwell

In Scene Report, musicians from all over the globe fill us in on what’s going on sonically in their hometowns. This week the Dunwells‘ Dave Hanson and Joe Dunwell give the scoop on Leeds, UK.

Dave Hanson (guitars, pedal steel): The open mic scene on the outskirts of the city tends to breed singer/songwriters and folk-based acts, which is originally how the Dunwells started. I met Joe at an open mic in my local pub—the Fox And Grapes in Pudsey. I suppose the singer/songwriter thing is the big trend at the moment, fueled by the success of people like Ed Sheeran and Lana Del Rey. The Leeds City Centre bars seem to be more “indie band” orientated, and that scene has its own sound and bands, which we’ve never really been a part of.

Joe Dunwell (vocals, guitars): We kind of skipped the Leeds scene and shot straight down to London. But we played a lot around the outskirts of Leeds, and that’s how we built up our following. All bands do it differently, but London was a big deal for us.

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