Welcome to the web home of The Big North Duo!

When The Big North Duo plays toes tap, audiences smile and everyone gets a break from the workaday world. The music comes from the deep catalogs of classic swing, blues and country, and features original material informed by those traditions. 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.

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