"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!
“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