The Big Duo

The Big Duo


Scottish born Drummer/Singer Duncan Mitchell has lived in Brisbane since the early 70’s and been playing drums since he was five years old. “I used to set up with pots n pans in the dinning room of our Camp Hill home and play along to Beatles, The Sweet and even Barbara Streisand records” he recalls. “I was always drumming along to something… no anything, I just loved it”. Having played for over thirty years now, he still has the same passion for drums and even owns his own drum store on the Southside of Brisbane. The singing came later and by chance when the lead singer in his band lost his voice and couldn’t go on for the last set, Duncan sat down with the guitarist and worked out the songs they could play then sing between them and had the crowd screaming for more at the end of the night. He later formed a three piece band with the same guitarist and they shared lead vocals every night for over three years at some of Brisbane’s top venues and events. They also toured nationally with the Australian Rugby Wallabies team as post match entertainment and made regular appearances at the Black Tie Balls held on NYE at Brisbane City Hall.

“You really have to see him on stage to believe it, I thought the singer must have been off stage with a radio mic until I realized it was the drummer singing as well… simply amazing”. Mark Tunaley – Original Drummer from You Am I.

Queensland Guitarist/Singer Shawn Markham was a member of this states first High School “Battle of the Bands” winner nearly twenty years ago. Originally from Gladstone he moved to Brisbane soon after High School to pursue his musical career and has gone on to share the stage with Australian legends like Phil Emmanuel and Jon Stevens. Given a guitar instead of a motorbike as a present from his parents one year, “…it wasn’t exactly love at first sight” says Shawn. “I nearly gave up on the thing all together at one stage, then something just clicked in the learning process and it all started to make sense and become easier”. Brisbane music lovers would have missed out on a lot of good times as he went on to play in bands like China Zoo, The Feel and later on Zero Cool and Wonderboy. He was also given the opportunity to sing the National anthem at ANZ stadium at an internationally broadcasted game for the NRL that was seen by millions. In Mid 2008 he was asked to fill-in for a sick guitarist at a gig in the city and immediately struck up a great musical combination with the drummer, this has since gone on to be the origins of The Big Duo, a band that fully utilizes the uncompromising guitar and vocal ability that Shawn has to offer. As if to re-enforce this in our minds, BOSE Australia recently called on Shawn to demonstrate their brand new amplifier system to all of their retail store owners nationally, the comments and reviews were amazing… they didn’t mind the new BOSE system either.

“He’s bloody good… even brilliant is understating his talents on the guitar and I haven’t even mentioned his bloody voice yet… bugger!” Phil Emmanuel – Aussie Guitar Legend.

THE BIG DUO name was bestowed upon these two lads at their first gig together by a patron impressed by the quality and fullness of the sound they were producing for a Duo… the fact that they are both over six feet tall just cemented the name firmly upon them and they have been entertaining a multitude of venues since that inception in 2008. Whether you are having an intimate party, massive knees up or even the most important day of your life, these lads can make it better. They have an enormous catalogue of tunes in their ever growing song list, reaching back into the 60’s and including the current smash hits of today and they can deliver all with feeling and sweet harmonies that will engage any crowd. The boys use the latest in Bose audio technology to deliver crisp clear sounds at any level required while being almost invisible in the room, (no more large black speakers on unstable poles!), and can light up everything from back yards to town halls utilizing their modern lighting rigs. You simply will not believe how good two guys and their instruments can sound and look until you hear them for yourself. They are professional guys with professional gear that deliver a professional service, it just happens to be fun at the same time.


t’s not my time – 3 Doors Down
Diamonds on the inside – Ben Harper
Steal my Kisses – Ben Harper
Songbird – Bernard Fanning
Wish you well – Bernard Fanning
Stand by me – Ben E King
Hard to handle – Black Crows
She Talks to Angels – Black Crows
All the Small Things – Blink 182
I’m on Fire – Bruce Springsteen
Song 2 – Blur
Wanted Dead or Alive – Bon Jovi
Back to You – Bryan Adams
Shine – Collective Soul
Bad Moon Rising – CCR
Mean to me – Crowded House
Better Be Home Soon – Crowded House
Don’t Dream it’s Over – Crowded House
Something so Strong – Crowded House
Distant Sun – Crowded House
Khe Sahn – Cold Chisel
Flame Trees – Cold Chisel
The Honeymoon is Over – Cruel Sea
The Horses – Daryl Braithwaite
Tip of My Tongue – Diesel
Cry in Shame – Diesel
One More Time – Diesel
Save Tonight – Eagle Eye Cherry
One Night With you – Elvis Presley
Change The World – Eric Clapton
Lay Down Sally – Eric Clapton
Hole Hearted – Extreme
More Than Words – Extreme
Santa Monica – Everclear
Shimmer – Feul
Sunburn – Feul
Big Me – Foo Fighters
Learn To Fly – Foo Fighters
Wheels – Foo Fighters
Faith – George Michael
Slide – Goo Goo Dolls
Goodriddance(time of your life) – Green Day
Warning – GreenDay
Little Wing – Jimi Hendrix
Let Her Cry – Hootie and the Blowfish
Miss Free Love 69 – Hoodoo Gurus
My Girl – Hoodoo Gurus
Throw your Arms Around Me – Hunters and Collectors
Holy Grail – Hunters and Collectors
Drive – Incubus
Sittin’ Waitin’ Wishin’ – Jack Johnson
Taylor – Jack Johnson
I’m Yours – Jason Miraz
Close to You – John Butler Trio
That’s Freedom – John Farnham
No Such Thing – John Mayer
Bigger Than My Body – John Mayer
Your Body is a Wonderland – John Mayer
Why Gorgia – John Mayer
Blue on Black – Kenny Wayne Sheppard
Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon
All Over You – Live
I Alone – Live
Lightning Crashes – Live
Selling the Drama – Live
Solace of You – Living Color
Harder to Breathe – Maroon 5
This Love – Maroon 5
3 a.m – Matchbox 20
Push – Matchbox 20
Longday – Matchbox 20
Realworld – Matchbox 20
Nothing Else Matters – Metallica
Mama Said – Metallica
To Be With You – Mr Big
This Afternoon – Nickleback
About a Girl – Nirvana
Wonderwall – Oasis
Jenny – Paulo Nutini
Betterman – Pearl Jam
Beautiful – Pete Murray
Feeler – Pete Murray
Opportunity – Pete Murray
On my Mind – Powderfinger
My Happiness – Powderfinger
Passenger – Powderfinger
We will Rock You – Queen
Another one Bites the Dust – Queen
I Want to Break Free – Queen
No One Knows – Queens of the Stoneage
Creep – Radiohead
Breaking the Girl – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Under the Bridge – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
My Friends – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Place your Hands – Reef
Man on the Moon – REM
The One I Love – REM
Losing My Religion – REM
Brown Sugar – Rolling Stones
October Grey – Screaming Jets
Shivers – Screaming Jets
Sad Song – Screaming Jets
Friend of Mine – Screaming Jets
Dakota – Stereophonics
All For You – Sister Hazel
You’re All I Have – Snow Patrol
Lover Lover (you don’t treat me no good no more) – Sonia Dada
Mary had a little Lamb – Stevie Ray Vaughn
Superstition – Stevie Wonder
I Saw Her Standing There – The Beatles
8 Days a Week – The Beatles
Lonley Boy – The Black Keys
Mustang Sally – The Commitments
Mr Brightside – The Killers
7 Nation Army – The White Stripes
Drops of Jupiter – Train
Desire – U2
One – U2
Vertigo – U2
With or Without You -U2
Brown eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Moondance – Van Morrison

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