Craig Duncan Orchestra

Craig Duncan, a member of Who’s Who in Music and Musicians and the North American Fiddler’s Hall of Fame has been the featured instrumentalist on over ninety record albums, with sales in excess of five million copies.  His music has been heard on TV shows Malcolm in the Middle and The  Oprah Winfrey Show, as well as on programs on A&E, Biography, BET, PBS, History and other cable channels.  He is also recognized internationally for his many books and arrangements published by Mel Bay Publications.  He has recorded for Randy Travis, Billy Dean, Kathy Mattea and Roy Clark and has worked live shows with many artists.

This versatile group plays the classic sounds of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Harry Connick and Michael Buble as well as favorite Motown and dance favorites from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s to the present. The band has performed at numerous balls including The Kentucky Colonels Derby Ball, The Nashville Symphony Ball, The Swan Ball, MDA Night of Hope, The Hunt Ball, The Huntsville Symphony Debutante Ball and The Austin Peay University Patrons Ball.  It has also played many repeat performances on The General Jackson Showboat, as well as performing for numerous weddings and national conventions.

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Craig,
Sarah and I want to express how grateful we are for your music at our wedding.  We thought, and everyone thought, that the bluegrass quartet at the chapel was rare, unique and transcendental.  When I entered the chapel while you were all playing, I realized that something special was taking place. And the reception.  What can we say?  When the rains came, you and your band not only weathered the storm, but played with enthusiasm throughout the whole night.  You guys (and girl) kept everyone dancing and in high spirits in trying circumstances.  Our wedding would not have been what is was without your involvement.  Please thank your band for us and know that we will not forget what you did for us that day.
Much love,

Chris and Sarah

Dear Craig, 
We wanted to thank you and your orchestra for the wonderful performance at the reception. We had so many compliments on you and your music. We couldn’t be more happy. Everyone wanted to know where we found you. You couldn’t have been easier to work with or to dance to! My daughter and son in law sure enjoyed it!!
 
We will recommend you to everyone. Thank you, again.

 
Gaye Price
Valenti Development Group
Memphis, TN

Hi Craig,
Thank you for providing the music at our company Christmas party Friday evening.  You are outstanding, and we all enjoyed it!  (as you could tell)  We appreciate the great job!
 
Merry Christmas and all the best to you -

Crystal Ullestad
Assistant to the Chairman
ESa Architecture

Craig,
Three more people have approached me today, either in person or via email,
to say how much they enjoyed the music last night.  This is not usual
behavior here. So many thanks for the excellence.

Helen C. Gleason
Director of Events
Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College

Craig,
Everyone had so much fun at the reception!  ...When you started the .... the young people couldn't stop dancing. The day after the wedding my husband was talking to my uncle about how this ball we have to go to every Dec.  would be so much more fun if we had a band like we had at Ferne's reception.  I was so excited to tell him we did .......

Carolyn Miller  
Crystal Ball Chairman Chattanooga, TN

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Freeway

A small band with a big sound and energy, Freeway features a female vocalist and male vocalists performing on guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and optional saxophone.  From jazz to pop, rock & roll to motown and disco to contemporary dance music, the band is sure to please audiences of all ages.  The band has performed at numerous balls, conventions private parties and weddings.  It has also played many repeat performances on The General Jackson Showboat, as well as performing for many national conventions including The National Hotel and Motel Association and The American Bus Association.

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“If and when we ever need talent and a feeling of confidence that the job can and will be done, we will call Craig Duncan.”
William Maxwell, Field Services Manager
Slush Puppie

“The music was great!  Thanks for helping to make our wedding perfect.”    
Mrs. John Shields
Century Buick, Huntsville, Alabama

“Our client was thrilled with your band....”
Downie Productions
Cincinnati, Ohio

“Everyone of the group all told me over and over again how much they enjoyed the music and wanted to know how I had managed to get such a great band.”
Gladys Macias
Florida International Shows, Inc.

“They are very talented musicians and a delight to work with.”
Gail Jennings/Administrative Assistant
Arthritis Foundation

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Sample Songlist

 

Jazz Quartet

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Saxophone, keyboard, bass and drums perform the jazz classics.

 

Song of the South

Our premiere country variety band, Song of the South is an eight-piece band featuring American music. It showcases the music of Tennessee - from Mountain Music to Memphis rock-n-roll to Nashville country. Song of the South is often joined by the Rocky Top Revue, a multiple award-winning square-dance clogging team consisting of eight to ten members.

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Sample Songlist

 

Craig Duncan and Friends

Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Craig Duncan & Friends present an entertaining program of traditional Tennessee and authentic bluegrass music. The group, which features Craig Duncan on fiddle and mandolin, Billy Smith on guitar, and Mike Scott on banjo is based on years of making music together in a variety of overlapping configurations.

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Bandleader Craig Duncan, a member of the North American Fiddler’s Hall of Fame and Who’s Who in Music & Musicians, delivers the heart and soul of his fiddle and vocal music with unique flair and pizzazz. 

Singer/guitarist Billy Smith is award-winning songwriter. Over 100 of his compositions have been recorded by artists including Bill Monroe, The Del McCoury Band, Dan Tyminski, The Osborne Brothers, The Lonesome River Band and IIIrd Tyme Out. He carries the repertoire of the first generation bluegrass music pioneers around in his head and heart—the natural result of growing up onstage and performing with artists like Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, Lester Flatt and Jimmy Martin. Billy’s singing brings to mind these classic, soulful vocalists with a twist uniquely his own, showcasing his natural ability to connect with an audience.

Banjo player Mike Scott has been a regular part of the Nashville music scene since 1983. He has toured extensively with bluegrass legends Jim and Jesse, Carl Story, Ronnie Reno and with Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass. A singer and songwriter, he has had two number one songs on Powergrass Gospel Radio including Song of the Year, 2011. Mike is the Host of Rural Rhythm’s “Behind the Dream” TV Show airing on BlueHighways TV. He also performs on Reno’s Old Time Music Festival on RFD and BlueHighways TV. Mike brings a smile to every performance, loves the stage and enjoys making music and new friends. Music lovers couldn’t ask for a better representation of bluegrass music than what Craig Duncan & Friends deliver.  Their experience and expertise, combined with a genuine love for the traditional music they play, bring an audiences to their feet time after time.

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Listen to Craig Duncan and Friends

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Sample Songlist

 

Big Mamou Cajun Band

Come “Pass a Good Time” with  this energetic band featuring traditional Louisiana Cajun and Zydeco music along with classic rock and country standards. Accordion, fiddle, guitar, bass, drums and vocals are combined in an upbeat, fun presentation, sure to keep your toes tapping. For more intimate settings, the group is available as an Accordion, Fiddle, and Guitar Trio.

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Sample Songlist

 

Giant's Causeway Irish Band

Fiddler's Hall of Fame member, Craig Duncan, leads this group performing traditional Irish music and Pub songs.  Craig has produced numerous recordings of Celtic music including two Dove nominated CDs, Irish Christmas and Starkindler by Michael Card. This is usually a three to five-piece band specializing in traditional Irish reels, ballades, jigs, and songs. Requests are always welcome.

 Performing with special guest Michael Martin Murphy

Performing with special guest Michael Martin Murphy

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Sample Songlist

 

Special Themes

Music tailored to special themes including Irish, Scottish, French, Italian, Greek, German, Cajun and music associated with specific time periods (Old South, 20's, 30's, 40's, etc.).