“Duane Andrews is a jazz guitarist extraordinaire, famous for his devotion to the style of jazz legend Django Reinhardt. Craig Young is one of the best country pickers you’ll hear anywhere. Put them together in a studio, and you’ll get magic.” (The Performance Hour – CBC Radio)
An evening with Duane Andrews and Craig Young will take you from the traditional music of Newfoundland and Labrador, down through the Appalachian mountains into the land of bluegrass and country music and across the ocean to French cabarets filled with gypsy and swing music. These two consummate guitar players complement their enchanting guitar styles with an occasional song from Craig’s rich repertoire.
Duane Andrews’s music is the product of a great ear, an adventurous spirit and a love of music that is beyond category. Uniting what would seem to be impossible – traditional Newfoundland music with the Gypsy Jazz of the legendary Django Reinhardt, Andrews makes it not just work – he makes it soar. As a multiple award winning guitarist, composer and producer he has literally brought his music to audiences around the world from his home in Newfoundland, Canada to Tasmania with stops in between on stages such as the Newport Folk and Cork Jazz festivals.
Originally from Francois, NL Craig Young has been playing the guitar since the age of seven and started playing in his first band around the age of thirteen. Rock n’ Roll and Country music became the main avenues of learning and a move to Alberta in 1993 allowed for Young to play lead guitar with several prominent local artists on the club scene. Eventually as a member of the Terri Clark band he relocated to Nashville Tennessee, where he was based for nearly eight years while touring extensively and performing regularly on stages such as the Grand Ole Opry and with other superstars such as Ricky Skaggs. Craig has won four CCMA awards for The Canadian Country Music Association All Star Band – Guitarist category and has had several top 40 singles, including the Top 10 Video on Canadian CMT for “You Can’t Take It With You” with the wonderful help of Miss Terri Clark. Craig now lives and performs in the St. John’s area and teaches at New Wave Music in Paradise. Craig’s latest solo release ‘Black Diamond Strings’ was named Country Album of the Year at the 2013 MusicNL awards where Craig also named Sidemusician of the Year.