Artwork by @mystupidsketchbook
WHO are they?
Dum Dee & The Goons are an alternative folk band consisting of Daisy Wilson (lead vocals), George Salter (electric guitar), Luke Salter (fiddle/bass/keys), Giles Hickling (lead acoustic guitar) and Francis Ball (drums).
Daisy tells us how the band formed.“Luke, Giles and I began the DD&Gs venture as a trio and have since gathered a few late editions: another Salter brother – George – and Francis, along with his long locks. We all went to the same school at Sixth Form and had a mutual interest in music – we had similar music taste and most of us with choral backgrounds.”
“It wasn’t really until after school that we started playing together – I asked Luke and Giles to accompany some of my original material in a studio session and that’s where it stemmed from I suppose. We went to separate universities, did some home recordings during the holidays but it wasn’t until autumn 2014 that we started gigging together as Dum Dee & The Goons. George joined us early 2015 and Franny is our latest edition, with our first full band performance in late June 2015.”
WHAT are they singing about?
“Always a difficult question! One of us brings an idea to the fore, whether that’s lyrics or a melody or both, and through working together it evolves into the finished article. We write about things that move or inspire us. Our tracks are personal and reflective, sometimes stemming from a very simple initial idea which could be triggered by experiences, feelings, the great outdoors and the weird and wonderful ways of the world.”
WHERE are they from?
“We have all grown up in Norfolk, which is where most of us are now based (although Franny and I will be based in London September onwards). Norwich has provided a great platform for us musically speaking, with accessible gigs in some groovy venues and a friendly and supportive music community. There is always live talent about – whether that’s local, emerging bands or more established bands.”
WHY are they called ‘Dum Dee & The Goons’?
“It’s difficult to remember how exactly such a kooky name originated. I am “Dum Dee”, which I guess came from Daisy being musically “dumb”. Believe it or not I did pass my classical grade 8 singing, but the “goons” take it to another level which I fail to keep up with. For example, Giles is pitch perfect and musically speaking they are all technically brilliant. And now it seems to have stuck and we can’t bear to get rid of it.”
WHEN can I see them live?
The band is playing at Norwich Arts Centre on September 29th, at The Bedford, Balham, London on September 15th and at Smiths in Spitalfields, London on November 13th.