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South African Artist/Songwriter Duncan Faure
Former Bay City Rollers Lead Singer Continues Making Music
By LK Hunsaker
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2003-04-17
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Duncan Faure, who recently signed with EMI SA, was born a musician. Playing in bands since the age of 11, Faure (Pronounced Four-uh) has been crafting his trade non-stop for more than thirty years and each new CD proves his continuous growth as a lyricist and musician.

My first introduction to Duncan was on the ‘70s television show "Kids Are People, Too." He had very recently taken over as lead singer of the immensely popular rock group, the Bay City Rollers. Many Roller fans were upset at the change in the most prominent band position and quit following them, but I was immediately captivated by the new singer. I could see in his face and demeanor someone who would be worth knowing.

Despite the completely young and innocent look of Duncan in 1979 when he joined the band, he brought a maturity to the music that took the Rollers into the Eighties with a quality that would easily rival any of the popular groups of the times. The Faure/Faulkner (lead guitarist Eric Faulkner) tunes, along with Faure’s amazing voice, should have catapulted the group to a 'second coming.' Unfortunately, the teen idol stigma followed them and the band went their separate ways.

In recent years, I have learned that not only was Duncan part of one of the biggest pop groups to hit America, the UK, Germany and Japan, he previously had been lead guitarist and one of the songwriters of the most famous group to ever come out of South Africa -- Rabbit.

His new music is personal, heart-felt, and reflects his inner nature. He likes people. He believes in peace. He’s a big Beatles fan, which is reflected in his style. I anxiously await each new album, and each new album somehow surpasses the last.

Take the Good, the newest Faure release on EMI SA, is everything Duncan is himself: upbeat, easy-going, fun, inspiring, and full of pure talent polished with a lot of hard work. If at all possible, get to a live show. I had the pleasure of seeing two of his sets recently, at Jammin' Java in Vienna, Virginia and unplugged at The Bitter End in New York City. He doesn't need the fancy equipment. The acoustic show was extremely powerful; his voice with either guitar or piano enough by themselves.

His official site, www.duncanfauremusic.com, highlights his career, complete with music clips from the CD and many reviews. Take the Good became the best-selling CD at One World, South Africa's online music store for three or four weeks in a row. Those who don't have it yet should check it out.

"Let it be right in the world tonight."


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