Three Handed Beat Bandits
A must-see gig over breakfast. Free for Palais Royale residents.
8:00 – 10:00 am
The Three Handed Beat Bandits, are undoubtedly the best threehanded little big band in the world today.
Made up of the two handed John Stuart and the single handed Neill Duncan, between them they play guitar, bass, congas, drums and saxophone, all at the same time.
Megaphone vocals included, this beat combo swing their listeners through a kaleidoscope of musical styles, including reggae, ska, calypso, funk, swing, and a little klezmer thrown in for good measure.
Beautiful to the ear, great for the feet.
Neill Duncan is one of New Zealand’s most exciting and eccentric musicians.
Now resident in Australia, three years ago he lost his left arm to cancer. With the help of the community, Neill has been able regain full musical strength.
Neill now plays an incredible one handed tenor saxophone, designed and built in Amsterdam.
His passion and musical imagination flow like never before. An adapted drum kit completes the mix, with some additional weird and wonderful instruments.
John Stuart is a master of the seven string guitar. This amazing instrument allows John to cover the bass as well as provide the chordal accompaniment to the Bandit’s wide ranging repertoire.
John is all about texture and space, switching between driving bass lines, and sparkling single line accompaniments. Bass solos? No extra charge. Add in the hot conga playing and all the elements of this extraordinary duo fall into place. Even the silences swing!
Neill and John are comfortable in all situations. From a house party to an intimate club to a Festival stage, they draw their audiences into an ever changing world of rhythm , melody and space.
Together they are the Three Handed Beat Bandits. Their exotic musical gumbo will steal your heart.