Duncan Galloway

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Duncan began his career after training at the prestigious acting school the Webber Douglas academy in London.

Music always played a big role in his performing life, and after success in BBC children’s TV (Bodger and Badger, Crosswits, Radio Roo), and an appearance in Noel Cowards ‘Easy Virtue’ at the Garrick Theatre in London’s West End, the music finally took over.

DG-PROThe first big step in the direction of the big bands, was winning the post as lead singer with the world renowned Pasadena Roof Orchestra. Duncan’s first concert was in 1989 in Guildford, and since then, he has travelled the world on tour with possibly the world’s most original, and finest pre- war style dance band, founded in 1969 by John Arthy. duncan-galloway-bw

His list of credits with the orchestra includes most of the top concert halls in Europe and the USA, plus some venues further afield such as Hong Kong to celebrate the inaugural flight of Emirates Airlines to the city, Kuala Lumpar and Istanbul. At present he is the artistic Director for the Orchestra, presenting the shows, and developing the repertoire of this dance band specialising in music of the 1920’s and 1930’s. The Pasadena roof Orchestra has no equal in its field.

Duncan has made several  national TV and radio appearances including the Thomas Gottschalk Show, NDR Talkshow (Germany) BBC TV Pebble Mill at One, ITV’s ‘Surprise Surprise’ with Cilla Black, Challenge Anneke (BBC) an ORF special (Austria) plus several appearances on Friday Night is Music Night (BBC radio 2) and a half hour interview in German on BR Arte (Germany).

Away from the Pasadena Roof Orchestra Duncan has been busy developing several show concepts (see shows link). As a compact and dynamic quartet, he adds saxophone to his singing. He has appeared with this formation in February 2010 at the Orangery at Kensington Palace. The ‘DGQ’ can dazzle a jazz festival or private party with one of the slickest combos on the circuit, including Bryan Ferry’s Musical Director Colin Good on piano, with Jerome Davies (Salena Jones, Clare Teal) on Bass, plus John Watson (Pasadena Roof Orchestra) on Drums. The quintet can be augmented by bringing in the golden toned saxophone of Robert Fowler (Humphrey Lyttleton, Syd Lawrence). 

Duncan has also appeared as a guest star with big bands including Will Salden’s Glenn Miller Orchestra (Holland) and the Savoy Dance Orchestra (Berlin). In 2004 he appeared in a three month run as anchor, and front man for the show ‘Magic Swing’ at the Friedrichsbau Varieite Theatre in Stuttgart. It was a presentation of some of the greatest variety acts in Europe, punctuated with Duncan introducing the turns, and singing some old favourites (link press).

As a headline cabaret artist, Duncan has made several appearances on some of the world’s finest cruise liners (QE2, Queen Mary 2 MS Deutschland MV Europa). With his own arrangements he has developed a show specialising in the great American songbook with hits made famous by Bing Crosby, Rat Packers Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Nat King Cole. Duncan has also extended the scope of the show to include other singers in a Las Vegas style tribute, notably Elvis Presley and Tom Jones.

In South Korea in October 2011, Duncan also sang in Korean, a version of the hit song 'Musiro'