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The Big North Duo performs classic swing, blues, country and original songs on the upright bass and mandolin. Christian and Paul have been playing together since 2004 at weddings, parties (formal and decidedly informal,) wineries, restaurants, roadhouse bars, and formal concert venues - they always find a way to fit the situation and remain true to their artistic vision.
We hired The Big North Duo for our fall wedding. With rain early in the morning at our venue we ended up having to change plans, including where the band was going to play. They were extremely flexible, and everyone really enjoyed their music! Plus, they quickly and quietly set up and tore down, and were very easy to communicate with. They were perfect for our wedding!
Response from The Big North Duo:
Thanks Joel, despite the weather it was a lovely wedding in a beautiful setting. Thanks for letting us play for you!
Such a fun time, thank you The Big North Duo
The Big North Duo were incredible! They went above and beyond to make our wedding ceremony and reception fun and romantic. They learned and performed "our song" and I love it more than the original! My only regret is not getting it recorded on video- they were perfect acoustic "background music" and also a great swinging time for folks who wanted to dance! Great communication, gracious and self-directed... I feel so very lucky we were able to book them. (Bonus, since they are a duo, they also would work well in a small space!) also attached photos credit to our amazing photographer Crystal Genes!
Could not have asked for more from Christian and Paul. They were both super professional, from their communication prior to the event, to their commitment to learning and playing a new song just for us, to their amazing talent and ability to entertain guests of all ages, to their genuinely sincere warmth and friendliness. Would recommend them highly to anyone, and would absolutely hire them again!
Not only are these great guys, but their music was perfect for the dinner party. The space was fairly small, but their music was exactly what we needed. I'm already hoping to book them for next years event!
Response from The Big North Duo:
We had a lovely time, glad we were able to play a few requests, as well. Please do call us for next year!
Price Range: $200 and up.
Gig Length: 45 - 300 minutes
What to Expect
The Big North Duo delivers a quality musical performance in a demeanor suited to the setting - we can be chatty and engaging, or fade into the background and provide atmosphere.
When The Big North Duo plays toes tap, audiences smile and everyone gets a break from the workaday world. Often swinging, sometimes mournful, always from the heart. Christian McKee (vocals, mandolin, mandola) and Paul Prato (bass) began playing together in 2004, and have played together in a variety of bands ever since. After logging hundreds of hours on the bandstand, Paul and Christian are as comfortable in free flights of musical fancy as they are delivering a tightly arranged song. Though they are an uncommon combination for a duo, the mandolin and bass are quite well suited, each instrument leaving a great deal of sonic space for the other, each player free to explore all aspects of his instrument’s voice.
Additional Booking Notes
We require a dry performance space with electrical power, and will provide all sound equipment.
Upcoming Booked Events
|October 22, 2021 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm||Retirement Community Event|
Past Booked Events
|September 28, 2019 • 5:00pm - 6:30pm||Wedding Reception|
|June 09, 2019 • 7:30pm - 9:30pm||Birthday Party|
|August 12, 2018 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|June 29, 2017 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Live at Waltz Brewing - Forest Grove|
|June 18, 2017 • 2:00pm - 11:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|June 03, 2017 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|June 01, 2017 • 6:30pm - 9:30pm||Live at Barrel 47 - Carlton|
|April 08, 2017 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Live at The Hoppy Brewer - Gresham|
|April 06, 2017 • 6:30pm - 9:30pm||Live at Barrel 47 - Carlton|
|March 30, 2017 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Live at Waltz Brewing - Forest Grove|
|March 24, 2017 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Live at New Seasons - Woodstock|
|December 18, 2016 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm||Holiday Party (Christmas)|
This list is subject to change:
A Kiss To Build a Dream On
All of Me
All Shook Up
Ballad For Trio
Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Billy In The Low Ground
Blue and Lonesome
Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
Bubbles In My Beer
Concrete and Fiction
Don't Be Ashamed of Your Age
Don't Fence Me In
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover
Fly Me To The Moon
Gee, Baby Ain't I Good To You
Georgia On My Mind
Going to California
Goodbye To Gearhardt
Gotta Get Drunk
Heard Someone Say They Want Me
Hell's Kitchen Sings
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down
If I Only Had A Brain
I Lost It
It Don't Mean A Thing
It Had To Be You
It's All Your Fault
Kiss of Fire
La Vie En Rose
Les Feuilles Mortes
Let It Snow
Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
Rainy Day Blues
Red Haired Boy
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
She Ain't Got It Like My Baby
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
St. Anne's Reel
Sweet Georgia Brown
Thrill is Gone
Trouble In Mind
True, You Don't Love Me
Two Wheeled Twister
What The Neighbors Say
Whiskey Before Breakfast
You're So Square (Baby I Don't Care)
|Christian McKee||Vocals, mandolin, mandola|
Influences & Inspiration
Django Reinhardt, Willie Nelson and the many great swing, blues and country musicians of the 20th century.
No special equipment or stage requirements