Duncan McFarlane has been performing since 1971, when he played his first gig, at a folk club in Ely, while still a schoolboy. After forays into the world of rock and roll, he returned to his long-held passion for traditional music with an acoustic guitar, and started to frequent the world of West Yorkshire folk clubs, eventually forming The Duncan McFarlane Band in 2001, with some like-minded friends. The six-piece folk-rock outfit has played festivals all over the UK, including slots at Cambridge, Sidmouth, Shrewsbury, Beverley, Moonbeams and Otley, while the acoustic offshoot was formed to play smaller venues and folk clubs.
Duncan arranges traditional material for the band and also writes new songs (in the trad’ style), producing four studio and two live albums, all of which have had extensive airplay on the BBC here in the UK, and in Canada, Italy, France and the USA.
“I love Duncan’s lively versions of traditional folk songs, and what a great songwriter!”
Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2
“Classy English folk, eminently listenable vocals and great songs, both traditional and contemporary, with a strong rhythmic impetus that's infectious in the extreme and hugely entertaining.”
The Living Tradition