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Birth of the Duckbusters

In the summer of 2003, a stalwart party of musician cavers and caver-audience hauled an unusual collection of caving gear to a ledge in Resonance Cave on Vancouver Island. The guitars, the band in Resonancemandolin, flute and harmonica collection were some of the finest, but probably the most unusual equipment ever to disappear from the darkness in the entrance!

The ensuing "concert" was remarkable, owing to the skill of the fine musicians and the spectacular acoustics of the site. From these humble subterranean beginnings, the remarkable

Dangerous Dick and the Duckbusters

were born!

With the song-writing expertise of Adrian "The Mole" Duncan and Adam "Boomer" Larusic and the musicianship of "Phreatic" Peter Curtis they were on their way. With the interest and enthusiastic participation of Chris Gordon of Wedgewood Sound Studios, Coquitlam, BC, the debut CD "In Too Deep" was produced for the entertainment of cavers everywhere and the financial benefit of the Canadian Cave Conservancy. The result was a professionally recorded collection of all original "Songs of Caves, Cavers and Caving" which captured the spectrum of moods of our particular obsession. The title says it all..."In Too Deep" - we've all been there, and want to go back!

The Duckbusters Expand!

Buoyed by the considerable underground support from the first CD, the band were back in the studio within a year to start recording once again. In this effort, the original Duckbusters were joined by new bandmembers "Slammin'" Daryl Sirovyak on percussion and Saul "Superstal" Schneider on fiddle. The result was another "underground classic" - "Karst Fever". All cavers have it, and the only remedy is time below the surface!

Not since the days of the NSS Cave Ballad vinyl collections have there been so many fine recorded cave and caving songs. This is a recording that will be a staple at caver gatherings and in the CD collection on the long road trips on caving trips for many years.

The volunteer efforts of the band and the CD production team have been to the benefit of the Canadian Cave Conservancy. The CCC supports conservation efforts in Canada through directed cave management, funded projects and education. A great "northern" underground cause!

The band underground