Duncan Howlett is a solo acoustic fingerstyle guitarist who plays a wide variety of instrumental arrangements of well known songs, ranging from 1950s classics to modern day chart hits.
As a polished, professional, self contained act, Duncan adds the perfect ambience to any event, including weddings, corporate, parties and functions. His repertoire covers many genres and with an inexhaustible knowledge of music, new and old, he can provide a bespoke combination of classical and contemporary styles. With so much variety to his repertoire he really can provide something for everyone. In addition to his fingerstyle arrangements, Duncan also used a loop pedal which enables him to make fuller sounding, upbeat tracks and improvisations.
He has a vast experience in the the music industry as a performer, teacher, composer and session musician. He has played at some of the best wedding venues in the country, as well as in some of the UK's most iconic buildings including London's Gherkin and O2 arena. He also has experience playing abroad, including contracts with award winning cruise liners. As well as playing solo, Duncan has worked with some of the best bands in the South and has supported some legendary artists including the Brand New Heavies and Californian Funk masters Breakestra.
Duncan uses top quality equipment to provide the best sound and has a variety of different set ups for all audience sizes. All of his equipment is PAT tested, and he has Public Liability Insurance. He is always willing to personalise his sets around your requirements and loves to learn special requests. He also performs as part of an acoustic duo so can provide a vocalist when requested. Based in the South-East, Duncan can travel UK wide and internationally on request.
Pop / Rock 20th Century Say a little prayer - Aretha Franklin Stand by me - Ben E King Lean on me - Bill Withers Lovely Day - Bill Withers Love really hurst without you - Billy Ocean Blowing in the wind - Bob Dylon Redemption Song - Bob Marley You've got a friend - Carole King Father and son - Cat Stevens Dance Magic Dance - David Bowie Que sera sera - Doris Day Can you feel the love tonight - Elton John Candle in the wind - Elton John Sorry seems to be the hardest word - Elton John Your song - Elton John Signe - Eric Clapton Tears in heaven - Eric Clapton Wonderful tonight - Eric Clapton At last - Eta James Autumn Leaves - Eva Cassidy Fields of gold - Eva Cassidy People get ready - Eva Cassidy Somewhere over the rainbow - Eva Cassidy Time after time - Eva Cassidy More than words - Extreme She drives me crazy - Fine Young Cannibals Careless whisper - George Michael Imagine - John Lennon I walk the line - Johnny Cash Knights in white satin - Justin Hayward What a wonderful world - Louis Armstrong I would do anything for love - Meatloaf Human Nature - Michael Jackson The way you make me feel - Michael Jackson The Boxer - Paul Simon Streets of London - Ralph McTell Dedicated follower of fashion - Ray Davis When you say nothing at all - Ronan Keating Signed sealed delivered - Stevie Wonder Fields of gold - Sting Santeria - Sublime Blackbird - The Beatles Can't buy me love - The Beatles Here comes the sun - The Beatles I've just seen a face - The Beatles Let it be - The Beatles Something - The Beatles Yellow Submarine - The Beatles Close to you - The Carpenters Take it easy - The Eagles Killing me softly - The Fugees Baby can I hold you - Tracy Chapman Drops of Jupiter - Train Can't help falling in love with you - UB40 Red red wine - UB40 Love is all around - Wet wet wet Pop / Rock 21st Century Feel my love - Adele No one - Alicia Keys Old Pine - Ben Howard Where is the love - Black Eyed Peas Just the way you are - Bruno Mars Marry you - Bruno Mars The Lazy Song - Bruno Mars Wooden Italian Guitar - Café del mar A thousand years - Christina Perri Noughties pop medley - Duncan Howlett Thinking out loud - Ed Sheeran Budapest - George Ezra Better together - Jack Johnson Hold back the river - James Bay I wasn't expecting that - Jamie Lawson I won't give up - Jason Mraz I'm yours - Jason Mraz Pricetag - Jessie J All of me - John Legend Free fallin - John Mayer Waiting on the world to change - John Mayer Heartbeats - Jose Gonzalez Love yourself - Justin Bieber Use Somebody - Kings of Leon She will be loved - Maroon 5 Sunday Morning - Maroon 5 Crazy love - Michael Buble Let her go - Passenger Perfect - Pink When you say nothing at all - Ronan Keating Stay with me - Sam Smith Mr Brightside - The Killers Crazy - Gnarls Barkley Disco / Dance / Club Let me be your fantasy - Baby D I will survive - Gloria Gaynor Rhythm is a dancer - Snap Jump to the beat - Stacy Lattisaw Best of my love - The Emotions 90s dance music medley - Various No limit - 2 Unlimited Freak Out - Chic I can't feel my face when I'm with you - The Weeknd Wooden Italian Guitar - Café del mar Higher and higher - Jackie Wilson Diggin on James Brown - Tower of Power Jazz / Blues Sunny - Bobby Hebb Ronnie Jordan Jam - Duncan Howlett Jazz and Blues improvisations - Duncan Howlett Nobody knows you when your down and out - Eric Clapton Wayfaring Stranger - Eva Cassidy Fly me to the moon - Frank Sinatra L.O.V.E - Nat King Cole I wish I knew how it would feel to be free - Nina Simone Fever - Peggy Lee Killing me softly - Roberta Flack Guitar Masters Duelling Banjos - Deliverance Afraid to dance - Don Ross Jump - Eric Roche Classical Gas - Mason Williams Angelina - Tommy Emmanuel Blue moon - Tommy Emmanuel House of the rising sun - Tommy Emmanuel Mombasa - Tommy Emmanuel Classical / Spanish Study in Am - Carcassi El Toro - Duncan Howlett Pamplona - Duncan Howlett Studies - Fernando Carulli Studies - Fernando Sor Roberts Rag - Geof Edge Allemande - John Dowland The Godfather Waltz - Nino Rota Canon in D - Pachelbel Greensleeves - Traditional Romanza - Traditional Scarborough fair - Traditional Original Compositions Brand New Day - Duncan Howlett Pamplona - Duncan Howlett Ronnie Jordan Jam - Duncan Howlett Sarahs Dance - Duncan Howlett Whilst you were away - Duncan Howlett El Toro - Duncan Howlett Folk / Traditional Blooming Heather - Kate Rusby Underneath the stars - Kate Rusby The Wild Rover - Traditional Happy Birthday - Traditional Here comes the bride - Traditional God save the queen - Traditional Amazing Grace - Traditional This is the life - Amy Macdonald Christmas Deck the halls - Traditional Ding Dong Merrily on high - Traditional Frosty the snowman - Steve Nelson/Jack Rollins Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley Have yourself a merry little christmas - Frank Sinatra Jingle Bells - Traditional Let it snow - Dean Martin Merry Christmas Everybody - Slade Merry Christmas Everyone - Shakin Stevens Morning has broken - Cat Stevens O Christmas Tree - Traditional O Come all ye faithful - Traditional Rudolph the red nosed reindeer - Traditional Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt Santa Claus is coming to town - Haven Gillespie/Fred Coot Silent Night - Traditional Stay another day - East 17 We wish you a mery christmas - Traditional White Christmas - Bing Crosby This list is constantly being updated...
Lucy Lavey – Wedding Dec 2017 “Duncan was everything I had hoped for. I booked him very last minute and he was so helpful and kind and then when it came to the event..he played every song wonderfully + more. I am thrilled with how it all went and so happy to have found him. I wouldnt hesitate to ask Duncan again. He is brilliant.”
Hannah and Jamie – Wedding June 2017 “Duncan very kindly played at our wedding in June 2017. It was a beautiful sunny day and we were therefore lucky enough to have him playing outside where all of our guests were gathered as well. It was beautiful music and nothing too intrusive or loud. We chose the modern playlist with a few ‘classics’ in there so there was plenty of songs in there that everyone could recognise and we received several compliments from our guests about him. I would have no hesitations in recommending Duncan for your wedding or events. Thank you again Duncan! Hannah and Jamie x”
Lyn Barnard – Birthday June 2017 “Duncan played for a friends birthday party, he was perfect, he judged the atmosphere just right, not too loud and when we were ready to sing along he played all our favourites. Thank you”
Sophie Davis – Wedding May 2017 “We were so pleased we booked Duncan. He’s brilliant at what he does and it really added to the relaxed and fun atmosphere of the day, we wished we had booked him for longer! He was also so friendly, a real pleasure to have at our wedding.”
Brian Hague – 40th Anniversary Oct 2016 “We booked Duncan for our 40th Anniversary Party. We were concerned that it should be right. As the party was in a normal house, would the music be too loud or be such a major feature that it dominated proceedings? No worries! It was perfect background music, creating the intended atmosphere and all our guests complimented us on our choice. Duncan has a huge repertoire from which to choose. Excellent!!”
Sophie & Alasdair – Wedding – Kirdford Sept 2016 “I just wanted to thank you for playing at our wedding. The feed back we have had from our guests were that they loved your music. I only wish that I had got the opportunity to listen to you play more. Alasdair also thought you were brilliant, so thanks again! We had a fantastic day and were really glad you were a part of it!”