Performers at Blue Mountains Music Festival 2019

Three-Handed Beat Bandits - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2019 - in Katoomba!

Three-Handed Beat Bandits

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. An adapted drum kit along with some additional weird and wonderful instruments complete the mix. Neill Duncan has become somewhat of a spokesperson for the one-handed musical instrument movement and equality of opportunity for disabled people. He appeared in the advertisement for the Paralympics, has featured in interviews on Channel 7 with Leigh Sales, and this year is speaking and performing at the One-Handed Musical Instrument Trust Conference in Birmingham, UK.

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 Bandits’ 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.