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Three-Handed Beat Bandits

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The Three-Handed Beat Bandits are undoubtedly the best three handed 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.

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, six years ago he lost his left arm to cancer. With the help of the community, Neill has been able regain full musical strength on his unique 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. They've been working on new material together.

Together they are the Three-Handed Beat Bandits. Their exotic musical gumbo will steal your heart.

Appearing at Winter Magic Festival


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