Graduation, Old Presidents, New Dates! (and a congratulations)



I am excited to announce that I am now a Berklee College of music graduate!

I would love to have been able to post a photo of me dressed in a gown with a silly hat shaking hands with president Roger Brown. But- in spite of deciding to go after some friends talked me into it the ceremony the day before , and me waking up at 5:00am, dressing up in the gown and getting bussed around a stadium for 3 hours with an entire class of graduates -just before the photo op with Prez Brown could happen, I suddenly realized I double booked myself for a sunday morning gig and had to sneak out of the line and dash across town.
Oh well, the gig was much more fun. Luckily Boston was too far away for my family to attend the ceremony:)

In other news, I just returned from DC for my third ever show at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. This time for the DC Jazz Festival with the Berklee Mixed World Octet directed by the great pianist and producer Alain Mallet I had a blast working with and hanging out with some stellar young jazz musicians from around the world (Lithuania, Israel, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Canada and the US) united at Berklee in this ensemble: Mario Castro on Saxaphones, Simona Milda Jakubenaite on vocals, Eitan Kenner on Piano, Alex Baboianon guitar, Yuriana Sobrino on percussion, and Adam Arruda on Drums. The entire show is available on streaming video archive on the Kennedy Center Website:

And speaking of presidential memorial halls, on June 17th I will be performing at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for an evening of Brazilian contemporary music by Caito Marcondes and Eva Gomyde this one-time-only US premiere show will also feature Tracy Silverman on violin, Renowned russian composer and violinist/violist Lev Zhurbin on Viola, Mark Summer, of the Turtle Island Quartet on Cello, Dana Leong on Trumbone and Leco Ries on Bass

For more informantiona and to order tickets, visit

Remember to check out the tour dates page for my full updated touring schedule. I’ll be posting summer dates soon including a west coast tour with an incredible singer songwriter, fiddle player and collector of Ancient Hebrew and Ladino songs, (among other talents) Lily Henly. Lily and I started a project last year with guitarist and composer Jordan Tice and a (so far) rotating forth-person lineup of Dominick Leslie, Tashina Clarridge and Brittany Haas.

Another special summer date I would like to announce is in the works is July 23rd at the White Horse in Black Mountain, NC. I will be presenting a show in collaboration of one of my favorite bands Free Planet Radio( Eliot Wadopian, River Guerguerian and Chris Rosser are incredible musicians that I have admired and learned from growing up in Asheville, NC and I am very excited to have this opportunity to collaborate and share music with them and everyone back home.

Lots more dates are in the works with lots of different people and projects, so stay tuned! Join the mailing list to get periodic updates!

While I’m not on the road this summer, I plan to spend lots of time writing, practicing, fundraising and generally organizing for my first ever CD project as a bandleader! I am currently in the preliminary stages, and will continue to blog about my progress. So far, the studio dates are set for the fall and I am honored to be joined so far by my first-call, dream-band lineup of Nicholas Falk, Maeve Gilchrist, Joshua Hari Brozosky and more to come!

Before I sign off, I want to extend a congratulations to my long time colleague and mentor Danny Ellis for the release of his fabulous new CD entitled ‘the Space Between the Lines’. This project is a long-anticipated follow to his acclaimed ‘800 Voices‘ and features the old crew of me on fiddles, John Doyle on Bouzouki and Mandolin and Danny on everything else. This is a timeless recording with beautifully written songs you won’t want to miss!

Happy listening!

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On tour with the Duhks

Hello everyone! Today I returned home to Boston from Colorado where I spent a long weekend playing gigs with The Duhks, an Incredible band from Winnipeg that rocks out with soul, old time, celtic, and rock influences. This weekend was a special reunion tour for the band, featuring original members Jessee Havey and Scott Senior. We had a blast playing together and I really enjoyed playing with and getting to know the band. I’m looking forward to next weekend when I get to travel to Lafayette, LA to play the Festival Internationale de Louisiane with the current version of the Duhks! Check them out at


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Duncan’s senior recital videos now available!


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Hello fans, friends, family, musicians, music lovers and strangers whoever you are!  Welcome to the brand new!  This site is designed for anyone who wishes to stay current with my musical endeavors, or to learn more about me and my musical life.  I will be attempting to update this blog section regularly about upcoming shows and projects.  The end of my last semester at the Berklee College of music is fast approaching and I’m getting excited about what lies ahead for me in the ‘real world’.  My college senior recital was last week, the day after returning from a two week tour of Texas with the wonderful singer songwriter Emily Elbert ( and the Boston Boys (  I am writing to you now from back home in Asheville, NC, where I returned to play a concert benefit last night to fund relief for the people of Japan as they cope with the recent tragedies in their nation.  The concert was organized by and featured the brilliant Japanese-born musician and potter Akira Satake (www.Akira  Tim O’Brien, Tony Trishka, Darrell Scott, Casy Driessen, Billy Cardine and Julia Weatherford also graciously donated their amazing talent and efforts to join us for the concert.  The show was at the White Horse in Black Mountain, NC and was a smashing success.

I am currently beginning preliminary steps to fund my first solo CD project in the midst of wrapping up school and working the steady sloo of gigs and mini tours with various other projects, including the John Doyle trio (, the Maeve Glichrist Quartet (, and the Lily Henly project also featuring Jordan Tice, (and a sort of rotating configuration of) Dominick Leslie, and Tashina Clarridge.  I will also be doing a couple of festivals next month with a great band called the Duhks (  I have lots of other stuff on the calendar and goals to work toward throughout the summer and beyond, but it’s a lot to squeeze into one post!

Whether you are interested in the services I offer as a bandleader, sideman, composer/arranger, or educator, or if you’re just a curious music enthusiast stopping by, thank you for visiting the new site and remember that all questions, comments and feedback are welcome and greatly appreciated.  Please leave a comment below or contact

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