Testimonials & Press


An excerpt from an April, 2017 review of a live performance:

“…it’s clear they focus a lot on the technical side of things – making sure the music sounds full, making sure they get the notes right – but listening to them perform live, one doesn’t get that impression. Prato, believe it or not, seems to find a way to dance to the beat while still plucking his large, upright bass. McKee keeps the audience engaged effortlessly with banter between songs, and after each track the pair looks at each other with an expression of triumph.”

Read the full article by Matana Mcintire in The Advocate.

Here’s what people are saying about The Big North Duo at:


Best possible choice for our wedding day. The Big North Duo were incredible! They went above and beyond to make our wedding ceremony and reception fun and romantic. They learned and performed “our song” and I love it more than the original! My only regret is not getting it recorded on video- they were perfect acoustic “background music” and also a great swinging time for folks who wanted to dance! Great communication, gracious and self-directed… I feel so very lucky we were able to book them. (Bonus, since they are a duo, they also would work well in a small space!) also attached photos credit to our amazing photographer Crystal Genes!
-Gretchen H., Bride

The Big North Duo provided the perfect music to compliment the event: from the beautiful rendition of Pachelbel’s Canon while I came down the aisle to the up-tempo songs that encouraged guests of all ages to dance, Christian and Paul used their considerable musical talents to ensure the guests were happy and content. Beyond providing music that was above and beyond my expectations, the Big North Duo were incredibly professional and easy to work with and I would recommend them to anyone.
-Elena R., Bride

Thank you so much! Your music was so amazing and people are still talking about it. “Harvest Moon” was mind blowing. We are so happy that you could be a part of it all.
-Laura B., Bride

Really, really wonderful. Could not have asked for more from Christian and Paul. They were both super professional, from their communication prior to the event, to their commitment to learning and playing a new song just for us, to their amazing talent and ability to entertain guests of all ages, to their genuinely sincere warmth and friendliness. Would recommend them highly to anyone, and would absolutely hire them again!
-Patrick T., Groom

While many weddings nowadays only provide recorded music for their guests —from pre-wedding to reception to last dance—they have no idea how much better their wedding would be if they hired The Big North Duo to perform live music for the bride and groom on their special day. Christian McKee and Paul Prato performed danceable music from across generations and musical styles at our daughter and son-in-law’s wedding that enhanced the evening for everyone, put smiles on faces, and had people singing along at dinner tables.
-Brian H., Father of the bride


Big North Duo is a breath of fresh air.  They are two talented musicians that love what they do and it shows.  Our customers loved their music and made sure we knew by asking for their return.  We looked for great music and wonderful performance and are very happy we found them, they fit the bill perfectly!
-Bonnie Gouger, Gouger Cellars Winery

Private Parties:

Perfect Entertainment! Not only are these great guys, but their music was perfect for the dinner party. The space was fairly small, but their music was exactly what we needed. I’m already hoping to book them for next years event!
-Chelse B., Organizer