Duncan Sheik is an international star receiving acclaim from the U.S., the U.K., and beyond. It all started in the mid 90s with “Barely Breathing.” The song became such a staple of 90s radio that it earned a spot on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the 90s for its admirable 55 week run on Billboard’s charts. Duncan kept busy writing and recording till he became both a Grammy and a Tony award winning artist. This month, he is heading out on the road for an extremely limited tour consisting of only five dates! On June 14, the renowned performer will be appearing at the New Hope Winery in New Hope, Pennsylvania.
Duncan was recently featured on the monolithic AXS.com website where he talked about his career and upcoming shows. Examiner.com recently had a chance to speak with Sandra Price, co-owner of New Hope Winery and the woman responsible for bringing massive talent to the quaint, picturesque, little arts community nestled along the Delaware River.
Examiner.com: Before we talk about the venue aspect, could you tell me a little bit about the winery?
Sandra Price: Sure. You can come in any time between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to do wine tastings. We have all different kinds of levels from a $10 tasting up to a $20 tasting depending on if you want fancy cheeses or fancy chocolates and those kinds of things. We have our Market Place, back here [Sandra gestured to a room at the back of the charming, rustic 18th century barn, which houses the winery], it’s open now, but we are going to start providing additional fancy foods things like flatbreads and small items that people request when they come in and they want to do a wine tasting.
Examiner.com: When did you first start having entertainment?
Sandra: We’re going on our 4th year.
Examiner.com: How did it start? Did someone approach you?
Sandra: It started when we upgraded the back building to do corporate events — we had a lot of requests from corporations to come in and do meetings and such. So, after we put in a stage, we actually had a local band come to us and ask, “We love your room, can we play it?” We allowed them to do so, and that was the beginning.
Examiner.com: Why did you decide to move to national artists?
Sandra: We knew that if we were going to continue to move forward with it, and stay alive, we had to bring in some acts that could fill our room.
Examiner.com: Do you handpick the artists, or do they contact you?
Sandra: Right now, we have a little bit of both. However, in the beginning, it was a little tough because nobody knew who New Hope Winery was. They thought people would bring a lawn chair and sit outside, they didn’t realize that we had a really nice theater with a brand new sound system and our own sound guy! But, like I said, now we get a little bit of both. I still look at who is routed through my area and I try to pick up new people all the time, but now that some big acts like Raul Malo and Dave Mason and Duncan Sheik have been here, they are asking to come back.
Examiner.com: What happens during a show, does the winery stay open? How does it work?
Sandra: Basically, our winery shuts down and we move everything to the Event Center. Back there, we’ll have wine by the bottle and by the glass. We’ll also have food — we have a chef on staff who will usually make a small entrée, maybe a fresh salad, and some cheese plates or something like that.
Examiner.com: Who does the booking for the shows?
Sandra: I do. I do a little bit of everything.
Examiner.com: Booking can be extremely rough, do you enjoy it?
Sandra: In the beginning, I didn’t really like it because it’s a whole different culture and you do have to be tough. But now that I have it down to a science — I go by an equation, I know what I can pay, I know what my tickets will sell for, and I know how much we need to make to keep having shows — I like it.
Examiner.com: Looking around, this just seems like the perfect space, the perfect listening room atmosphere.
Sandra: It is! Come on out. We’ve got a great lineup coming up and we’re always booking new acts, so what you don’t see here today you’ll see next week! Plus, we’re always out there looking for new and exciting people to bring in here.
New Hope Winery is located on 6123 Lower York Road in New Hope, PA 18938. The winery is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Duncan Sheik will be performing on Saturday, June 14, 2014. The doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show starts at 8:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.newhopewinery.com or call 215-794-2331.
Upcoming shows (please, check the website for updates):
Pablo Cruise, Sunday, June 8, 2014, Doors 5:00 p.m., Showtime 6:00 p.m.
Duncan Sheik, Saturday, June 14, 2014, Doors 7:00 p.m., Showtime 8:00 p.m.
Griffin House, Saturday, June 21, 2014, Doors 7:00 p.m., Showtime 8:00 p.m.
James Maddock, Saturday, July 12, 2014, Doors 7:00 p.m., Showtime 8:00 p.m.
C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Saturday, July 19, 2014, Doors 7:00 p.m., Showtime 8:00 p.m.
Melissa Ferrick, Saturday, October 4, 2014, Doors 7:00 p.m., Showtime 8:00 p.m.
Bodeans, Sunday, October 5, 2014, Doors 5:00 p.m., Showtime 6:00 p.m.
Tom Chapin, Sunday, October 12, 2014, Doors 5:00 p.m., Showtime 6:00 p.m.
Ladies of Laughter, Comedy Tour, Saturday, October 18, 2014, Doors 7:00 p.m., Showtime 8:00 p.m.
Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, Sunday, October 26, 2014, Doors 5:00 p.m., Showtime 6:00 p.m.
Suzanne Vega, Thursday, November 6, 2014, Doors 7:00 p.m., Showtime 8:00 p.m.
Bobby Caldwell is “Perfectly Frank,” Big Band Hits of Sinatra and Beyond, Saturday Show, Saturday, November 15, 2014, Doors 7:00 p.m., Showtime 8:00 p.m.
Bobby Caldwell is “Perfectly Frank,” Big Band Hits of Sinatra and Beyond, Sunday Show, Sunday, November 16, 2014, Doors 5:00 p.m., Showtime 6:00 p.m.