I saw Spuyten Duyvil at the 2012 Philadelphia Folk Festival. Despite the difficult to pronounce name (“Spite + n Dive + l“), the band plays very approachable old-timey, honky-tonk Americana music and is a lot of fun to see live. They also played with Roosevelt Dime during a “New Old Time to Old Old Time” workshop at that festival, a brilliant combination of musical styles and talent.
The band Spuyten Duyvil shares its name with a creek that at one time joined the Harlem and Hudson Rivers and separated the Bronx from Manhattan, a neighborhood in the Bronx, a train bridge over the creek, a library, a playground and school, and a bar in Brooklyn. The name means “Devil’s Spout,” a name the Dutch gave the creek when settling New Amsterdam.
Text Copyright 2013, Scott C. Thompson
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