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The Elevators are at The Red Lion in Checkley this weekend

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 14, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Above: Carl Damiano with fellow 'Elevator' Den Coultas, above right.

  • Den Coultas

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A music duo will be making a welcome return to perform at a village pub this weekend.

The Elevators will be at The Red Lion in Checkley on Saturday (March 15).

The Elevators is a duo comprising Den Coultas on guitar and vocals and Carl Damiano on keyboards and vocals.

Their music is a mix of pop, rock, blues and folk. Carl explained how the duo formed: "It started out a couple years ago as something fun to do since Den and I like lots of the same music but lately we've been playing out quite a bit more and trying out new places."

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Den has been active as a songwriter and recorded for a number of years with Ian and Gavin Sutherland of 'Arms of Mary' and 'Sailing' fame. He was later signed to the New York company Monsterkat owned by Texas guitarist Jon Barrett which has published a number of Den's songs in the U.S. He has had success lately with the song 'Wrong Side Of Your Heart' which made it to number two in the European download charts.

Carl is originally from the U.S. but has been in the U.K. for seven years and still won't go home. He spent years on the road playing keyboards with assorted groups sharing the stage as an opening act for bands as diverse as Jefferson Starship, The Band, Taj Mahal, Rita Marley and Burning Spear.

In addition to working as a duo, The Elevators also play regularly with local blues band The Vice Bishops and the Joe And The Volcanos rock-a-billy group. The Elevators gig at The Red Lion in Checkley will include a mix of contemporary American and English songs.They will also be performing at The Royal Oak in Alton on the Saturday, March 29.

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