Mal-O-Dua

Please note that Mal-O-Dua is no longer booking shows. If you need to contact Ced please Click Here.

Ced Baetche and Christo Ruppenthal

Ced Baetche and Christo Ruppenthal

"Mal-O-Dua" or mal aux doigts in French means "My fingers hurt!"

What happened when French Manouche Roma Gypsy Jazz guitar legend Django Reinhardt met Kentucky thumb picking master Merle Travis and Hawaiian steel guitar virtuoso Sol Hoopii? A new type of driving acoustic swing music was born!!! Well….actually that never did really happen. However, that was the tasteful blending of diverse styles that Madison, WI based duo Mal-O-Dua was built on. 

Mal-O-Dua pulled from a wide range of sources including Gypsy Jazz, traditional Hawaiian music, Kentucky thumb picking, vintage French pop, Eastern European Folk, early Parisian "Bal Musette" waltz style, and the American standard songbook to name a few. These styles were artfully bended together to create a fresh new sound! 

Mal-O-Dua presented a high energy eclectic show that ranged broadly through various acoustic genres.  We would pepper in historical anecdotes about the music we present to give it context.  Mal-O-Dua had extensive performance experience in many settings including large music festivals, concert series, night club gigs, and private events.  We were as equally comfortable on the main stage as we were in an intimate living room house concert. Our unique blend of "Hot Hawaiian and French Guitar Sorcery" was always met with rave reviews! 

Read About The Band In The Wisconsin State Journal Here!

“Drawing from French swing, Hawaiian slack key, Parisian waltz and other styles, Mal-o-Dua's sound is one of the most eclectic in town.” Isthmus Magazine “Isthmus Picks” 

"...a sound you won’t hear anywhere else this summer. Expect a high-energy acoustic show, peppering in historical anecdotes about the music they present to give it context."  Door County Pulse 

"While there's plenty of history and skill in the music, Mal-O-Dua's playful, loose style travels well..." Scott Gordon for Tone Madison

Mal-O-Dua CDs and Downloads

The Music Industry has been hit extremely hard by the COVID-19 outbreak. Sadly I was not spared.  2020 was looking to be my best year ever both in terms of performance quality and quantity.  Along with the rest of the world that all came to a halt in mid March. Unfortunately it shows so real signs of picking back up any time soon.  Please consider this when making a donation for "pay what you want" digital music, or consider setting your own higher price for physical merch.

Au nouveau Chat Noir

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Au nouveau Chat Noir

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"Au nouveau Chat Noir" is a selection of French Chanson, Hot Hawaiian, and Jazz perfectly suited for classic cabarets and night clubs.

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    Nuit et jour

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    18 rue Borda

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    Keep Your Eyes On The Hands

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    Je me suis fait tout petit

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    Les copains d'abord

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    Nuages

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    I Like You

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    Beautiful Ohio

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    Song For Patrick

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    Wahine Be Good

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Duo de Choc

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Duo de Choc

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"Duo de Choc" which loosely translates from French to "the dynamic duo" is a true potpourri of Mal-O-Dua's diverse sounds!

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    La Clef Des Champs (Swing Gitan)

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    J'attendrai

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    Der Dritte Mann (The Third Man)

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    La Rose Des Oliviers

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    Princesse Des Mers Du Sud

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    Häns'che

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    Na Lei O Hawaii

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    Chuchotements (Whispering)

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    Kilika's Mele

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    Le Chemin Des Forains

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Mahalo Dua

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Mahalo Dua

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"Mahalo Dua" is a collection of traditional Hawaiian Slack Key, steel guitar, and ukulele music by Mal-O-Dua. It is also the soundtrack to the award winning documentary film The Turkeys of Atwood Avenue!

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    Opihi Bounce

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    Monona Chimes

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    Wela-Ka-Hao

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    Mai Kai No Kauai

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    Maori Brown Eyes

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    Keiki Slack Key

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    Maui No Ka Oi (Maui Chimes)

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