Duncan is a Brighton based solo fingerstyle guitarist who plays a wide variety of instrumental arrangements of well known songs, ranging from 1950s classics to modern day chart hits. As a polished, professional, self contained act, Duncan adds the perfect ambiance to any event, including weddings, corporate, parties and functions. His repertoire covers many genres and with an inexhaustible knowledge of music, new and old, he can provide a bespoke combination of classical and contemporary styles. With so much variety to his repertoire he really can provide something for everyone. In addition to his fingerstyle arrangements, Duncan also used a loop pedal which enables him to make fuller sounding, upbeat tracks and improvisations.
He has a vast experience in the the music industry as a performer, teacher, composer and session musician. He has played at some of the best wedding venues in the country, as well as in some of the UK's most iconic buildings including London's Gherkin and O2 arena. He also has experience playing abroad, including contracts with award winning cruise liners. As well as playing solo, Duncan has worked with some of the best bands in the South and has supported some legendary artists including the Brand New Heavies and Californian Funk masters Breakestra.
Duncan uses top quality equipment to provide the best sound and has a variety of different set ups for all audience sizes. All of his equipment is PAT tested, and he has Public Liability Insurance. He is always willing to personalise his sets around your requirements and loves to learn special requests. He also performs as part of an acoustic duo so can provide a vocalist when requested. Based in the South-East, Duncan can travel UK wide and internationally on request.
Pop / Rock 20th Century
At Last - Eta James Autumn Leaves - Eva Cassidy Baby Can I Hold You - Tracy Chapman Blackbird - The Beatles Blowing In The Wind - Bob Dylon Can You Feel The Love Tonight - Elton John Candle In The Wind - Elton John Can't Buy Me Love - The Beatles Can't Help Falling In Love With You - UB40 Careless Whisper - George Michael Close To You - The Carpenters Dance Magic Dance - David Bowie Dedicated Follower Of Fashion - Ray Davis Drops Of Jupiter - Train Father And Son - Cat Stevens Fields Of Gold - Eva Cassidy Fields Of Gold - Sting Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles Human Nature - Michael Jackson I Walk The Line - Johnny Cash I Would Do Anything For Love - Meatloaf Imagine - John Lennon I've Just Seen A Face - The Beatles Killing Me Softly - The Fugees Knights In White Satin - Justin Hayward Lean On Me - Bill Withers Let It Be - The Beatles Love Is All Around - Wet Wet Wet Love Really Hurst Without You - Billy Ocean Lovely Day - Bill Withers More Than Words - Extreme People Get Ready - Eva Cassidy Que Sera Sera - Doris Day Red Red Wine - UB40 Redemption Song - Bob Marley Santeria - Sublime Say A Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin She Drives Me Crazy - Fine Young Cannibals Signe - Eric Clapton Signed Sealed Delivered - Stevie Wonder Something - The Beatles Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Eva Cassidy Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word - Elton John Stand By Me - Ben E King Streets Of London - Ralph Mctell Take It Easy - The Eagles Tears In Heaven - Eric Clapton The Boxer - Paul Simon The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson Time After Time - Eva Cassidy What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong When You Say Nothing At All - Ronan Keating Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton Yellow Submarine - The Beatles Your Song - Elton John You've Got A Friend - Carole King
Pop / Rock 21st Century
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri All Of Me - John Legend Better Together - Jack Johnson Budapest - George Ezra Crazy - Gnarls Barkley Crazy Love - Michael Buble Feel My Love - Adele Free Fallin - John Mayer Heartbeats - Jose Gonzalez Hold Back The River - James Bay I Wasn't Expecting That - Jamie Lawson I Won't Give Up - Jason Mraz I'm Yours - Jason Mraz Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars Let Her Go - Passenger Love Yourself - Justin Bieber Marry You - Bruno Mars Mr Brightside - The Killers No One - Alicia Keys Noughties Pop Medley - Duncan Howlett Old Pine - Ben Howard Perfect - Pink Pricetag - Jessie J She Will Be Loved - Maroon 5 Stay With Me - Sam Smith Sunday Morning - Maroon 5 The Lazy Song - Bruno Mars Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran Use Somebody - Kings Of Leon Waiting On The World To Change - John Mayer When You Say Nothing At All - Ronan Keating Where Is The Love - Black Eyed Peas Wooden Italian Guitar - Café Del Mar
Disco / Dance / Club
90s Dance Music Medley - Various Best Of My Love - The Emotions Diggin On James Brown - Tower Of Power Freak Out - Chic Higher And Higher - Jackie Wilson I Can't Feel My Face When I'm With You - The Weeknd I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor Jump To The Beat - Stacy Lattisaw Let Me Be Your Fantasy - Baby D No Limit - 2 Unlimited Rhythm Is A Dancer - Snap Wooden Italian Guitar - Café Del Mar
Jazz / Blues
Fever - Peggy Lee Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free - Nina Simone Jazz And Blues Improvisations - Duncan Howlett Killing Me Softly - Roberta Flack L.O.V.E - Nat King Cole Nobody Knows You When Your Down And Out - Eric Clapton Ronnie Jordan Jam - Duncan Howlett Sunny - Bobby Hebb Wayfaring Stranger - Eva Cassidy
Afraid To Dance - Don Ross Angelina - Tommy Emmanuel Blue Moon - Tommy Emmanuel Classical Gas - Mason Williams Duelling Banjos - Deliverance House Of The Rising Sun - Tommy Emmanuel Jump - Eric Roche Mombasa - Tommy Emmanuel
Classical / Spanish
Allemande - John Dowland Canon In D - Pachelbel El Toro - Duncan Howlett Greensleeves - Traditional Pamplona - Duncan Howlett Roberts Rag - Geof Edge Romanza - Traditional Scarborough Fair - Traditional Studies - Fernando Carulli Studies - Fernando Sor Study In Am - Carcassi The Godfather Waltz - Nino Rota
Brand New Day - Duncan Howlett El Toro - Duncan Howlett Pamplona - Duncan Howlett Ronnie Jordan Jam - Duncan Howlett Sarahs Dance - Duncan Howlett Whilst You Were Away - Duncan Howlett
Folk / Traditional
Amazing Grace - Traditional Blooming Heather - Kate Rusby God Save The Queen - Traditional Happy Birthday - Traditional Here Comes The Bride - Traditional The Wild Rover - Traditional This Is The Life - Amy Macdonald Underneath The Stars - Kate Rusby
Deck The Halls - Traditional Ding Dong Merrily On High - Traditional Frosty The Snowman - Steve Nelson/Jack Rollins Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Frank Sinatra Jingle Bells - Traditional Let It Snow - Dean Martin Merry Christmas Everybody - Slade Merry Christmas Everyone - Shakin Stevens Morning Has Broken - Cat Stevens O Christmas Tree - Traditional O Come All Ye Faithful - Traditional Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer - Traditional Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Haven Gillespie/Fred Coot Silent Night - Traditional Stay Another Day - East 17 We Wish You A Mery Christmas - Traditional White Christmas - Bing Crosby
“We were so pleased we booked Duncan. He's brilliant at what he does and it really added to the relaxed and fun atmosphere of the day, we wished we had booked him for longer! He was also so friendly, a real pleasure to have at our wedding. Please pass on our thanks to him and thanks for helping us booking him.”Sophie Davis - Wedding, Preston Court, Canterbury, Kent
How long do you take to set-up? 30 minutes.
What time do you play? Any time to suit you, standard prices are for 2 hours of live music, over a maximum of 4 hours on site.
How long do you play for? Up to 2 hours, split in to sets as required.
Do you have your own amplification? Yes – all included in the price.
What is the website guide price based on? The published guide price is based on me performing at a venue within 30 miles of my base in Brighton. I charge travel costs for venues further than 30 miles, for an accurate quote please contact Tailored Entertainment with your event date and venue details.
Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment? Yes.
Will you perform a special request? Yes, as long as we have two weeks notice John can perform a special request for you.
How much space do you require? Just enough for chair and a small amp.
How much power do you require? 1 x 13 amp socket.
Do I need to provide food/drinks? Soft drinks are always much appreciated & for longer days a meal would be great but this is not essential.