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New Song: “Lean But Never Fall

Posted by John Duggleby on April 17, 2020 in Music |

This new song was inspired by a favorite tree in my Wisconsin neighborhood that teeters precariously over a lake, but never manages to fall in. I see a lot of symbolism in that! Give it a listen on YouTube and let me know what you think!

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My first EVER self-made live music video

Posted by John Duggleby on March 24, 2020 in Music |

Since I lost eight St. Pat’s gigs this year, I’m adding to the COVID-19 songbook with one of my show favorites, “Seven Old Ladies,” which I lyrically altered to reflect our times. You can watch it on this You Tube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPhywR_JaGQ Due to some mic issues with the laptop I’m including the lyrics at […]

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New Castaway double album drops anchor

Posted by John Duggleby on July 7, 2019 in Music |

Ahoy mates– look what just washed in! it’s my new DOUBLE sophomore album Castaway. No five-song EP for Johnny; Castaway billows with 20 originals plus “The Parting Glass”, my frequent goodnight tune at Celtic shows. Castaway is certified genre-free as a collection: It rambles across a rhythmic rainbow of pop/rock, folk, alt/country, world, blues, bluegrass, […]

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New Show: Island Style!

Posted by John Duggleby on March 8, 2019 in Music |

Where I live in snow-covered Wisconsin, summer is still a distant longing.  But to help warm up any special occasion I’ve developed “Island Style”: a new global revue of music inspired by islands from Jamaica to Canada, Hawaii to New Zealand.  My seaside serenade is accompanied on guitar, ukulele, and handpan.  It can be adapted to specific […]

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Walking to the Border

Posted by John Duggleby on November 6, 2018 in Music |

I re-shaped the old Fats Domino classic “Walking to New Orleans” as “Walking to the Border”, a tribute to the Honduran Migrant Caravan. I’ll let it speak for itself; you can hear it below: https://soundcloud.com/duggleby/walking-to-the-border Feel free to share it. And special thanks to my compadre Dave Hopper who produced and recorded it.

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My MAMA Loves Me!

Posted by John Duggleby on April 7, 2017 in Music |

Lordy MAMA, I’m a double finalist for the 2017 Madison Area Music Association (MAMA) Awards!   My song “Meet Me at the Watering Hole” is a finalist for Best Children’s Song, and I’m up for Best Children’s Performer.  Thanks a gazillion to everyone who supported me through the nomination process—now I need your vote one more […]

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Lordy MAMA, I Need Your Vote!

Posted by John Duggleby on February 5, 2017 in Music |

The Madison Area Music Association (MAMA) supports underfunded area musical programs and kids who can’t afford instruments. One of their major fund raisers is the annual MAMA Awards to musicians of all stripes (and many are pretty spotty as well). By joining MAMA for a paltry $5 (which goes 100% to the abovementioned causes) you […]

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I’ve Arrived

Posted by John Duggleby on August 12, 2016 in Music |

Last night at local PaintBar Madison I achieved a musical career milestone– I received top billing over “$3 BEER”. In Wisconsin, that’s saying something!  Since I’m very goal-oriented, I’m now shooting to be billed above Bloody Marys or margaritas. On the other hand, perhaps I should not get a big head– I’m worth $3 less than a […]

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Lordy MAMA, I’m an award finalist!

Posted by John Duggleby on April 5, 2016 in Music |

After the first round of voting, the Madison Area Music Association (MAMA) just announced finalists for the 2016 MAMA Awards– our version of the Grammys.  My tune “Ukulele”– inspired by my grenddaughter Harper Rose– is through to the fiinals for Children’s Song.  If you belong to MAMA, please vote for me!  If not, you can become […]

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An egg-cellent article!

Posted by John Duggleby on November 21, 2015 in Music |

Holy tailfeathers! I’m featured in the Nov./Dec. article of Our Wisconsin, a pretty well known and regarded magazine here in Cheeeseland. They took something I’d written on myself (focusing on my singing chicken persona) and edited it, adding even more corny chicken puns than I’d thought of! I have to admire someone with that kind […]

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