Born in Glasgow in 1989, the son of two classical musicians, C Duncan has been surrounded by music his entire life. As a child Christopher learned to play piano and viola and later, as he came into his teens and started playing in school bands, he took up the guitar, bass, and drums. However, his fascination with the composition and performance of classical music was not to be quelled, and he eve...
C Duncan's music is intricately crafted out of the artist's diverse influences - his classical background intertwines with his contemporary influences, creating an entirely unique sound. The artist's releases so far are reflective of that, with his debut album "Architect", submerging the listener into an ethereal combination of choral harmonies, acoustic instrumentation, and electronic inflections, veering into dream-pop territory but never quite stopping there, proving Christopher's ability to transcend genre, or even to synthesize his own. This ability is further solidified in C Duncan's sophomore album "The Midnight Sun", in which he pursues a more electronic direction, while maintaining his organic approach to songwriting. His references span broadly across the musical spectrum, putting The Knife alongside with The Carpenters, Burt Bacharach, and Arvo Part. To this date, all of C Duncan's repertoire has been composed, arranged and recorded using his Glasgow bedroom studio setup. Layer upon layer, Chris lovingly assembles his musical pieces, building them to their breadth, letting his classical training surface. Apart from being a musician, C Duncan is also an accomplished painter, exhibiting his work throughout Scotland. The cover art to his records are his own paintings, lending his work with sonic and visual cohesion all throughout.
Since releasing his first single "For" in 2015, Christopher Duncan has accumulated a solid fan base, fueled by the support of the press and radio -- ranging from rave reviews from publications such as the Guardian, NME, Les Inrockuptibles to two of his singles being featured on BBC Radio 6 Music's A-list and extensive attention from the likes of Lauren Laverne, Radcliffe and Maconie, Huw Stephens, Steve Lamacq among others. In November 2015, it was announced that "Architect" was nominated for a Mercury Prize, increasingly steering attention towards C Duncan. In February 2016, he released an EP of four previously unreleased tracks and went on to successfully tour the UK and Europe, which included a sold-out headline show at London's Union Chapel. In between shows, C Duncan would work on the material that now makes up "The Midnight Sun", set to release on October 7th .
Currently, C Duncan is preparing for a multitude of festivals he will be playing at during the 2016 festival season in the UK and Europe, including Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Festival No. 6, Electric Fields, Positivus Festival and more. Chris also has his biggest headline show to date coming up in early 2017, at the London O2 Arena. There are plans of a US tour in the near future.
C Duncan To Support Elbow
Posted on Tuesday, 1st November
C Duncan has just been confirmed to suport Elbow on their 2017 UK tour.
All the dates are listed below and you can buy tickets here
Sun 26th Feb - Olympia, Dublin, IE
Mon 27th Feb - Olympia, Dublin, IE
Wed 1st Mar - Academy, Birmingham, UK
Tues 2nd Mar - Academy, Birmingham, UK
Sat 4th Mar - Hammersmith Apollo, London , UK
Sun 5th Mar - Hammersmith Apollo, London , UK
Mon 6th Mar - Hammersmith Apollo, London , UK
Wed 8th Mar - BIC, Bournemouth, UK
Thu 9th Mar - Pavillions, Plymouth, UK
Fri 10th Mar - Newport Centre, Newport, UK
Sun 12th Mar - Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK
Mon 13th Mar - Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK
Tues 14th Mar - Bridlington Spa, Bridlington, UK
Wed 15th Mar - Dome, Doncaster, UK
Thur 16th Mar - De Montfort Hall, Leicester, UK
Sat 18th Mar - Apollo, Manchester, UK
Sun 19th Mar - Apollo, Manchester, UK
Mon 20th Mar - Apollo, Manchester, UK
Tues 21st Mar - Apollo, Manchester, UK
C Duncan Announces UK Tour
Posted on Tuesday, 25th October
C Duncan has just announced a UK tour for early 2017. Tickets on sale from Friday. Click to see the dates !
C Duncan has just announced a UK tour for early 2017. Tickets on sale from Friday.
Monday 23rd January - Inverness, Eden Court Theatre
Tuesday 24th January - Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete's
Thursday 26th January - Glasgow, Saint Luke's (Celtic Connections)
Friday 27th January - Newcastle, The Cluny
Saturday 28th January - Liverpool, 02 Academy 2
Sunday 29th January - Oxford, The Bullingdon
Tuesday 31st January - Brighton, Komedia
Wednesday 1st February - Bristol, Thekla
Thursday 2nd February - Norwich, Norwich Arts Club
Friday 3rd February - Leeds, The Wardrobe
Saturday 4th February - Nottingham, Bodega Social Club
Loop Feature C Duncan Mini Documentary
Posted on Friday, 21st October
BBC Scotland have produced a wonderful short documentary focusing on Chris' paintings and his creative process.
You can watch it here