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Performer Bio: Duncan Urquhart (Western Alumni)


Duncan Urquhart is a multi - instrumental musician who grew up in London and graduated from Western University with a Master of Arts in History in 1985 and a Bachelor of Education from Althouse in 1986.  All of his ancestors came to Ontario from Britain between 1833 and 1900 and were mainly of Irish and Scottish descent.

Duncan has performed as a harmonicist and a guitarist/singer in the blues, folk, gospel, country and Celtic genres for over thirty years.

Duncan was first introduced to the harmonica at the age of seven by his grandfather, an accomplished violinist and United Church minister. He first started playing Celtic music on the harmonica in the 1990s with the Millrace Folk Society in Cambridge and continues this interest today by playing with the London Irish Folk Club at their bimonthly Ceilis.

Duncan will share this musical heritage with the students and faculty of Western during International Week 2016 by performing a variety of traditional Celtic instrumental music  (jigs, airs, reels, hornpipes) on the harmonica while accompanying himself on the guitar. He will also perform some solo tunes on the Irish whistle and a traditional Irish song. Duncan will intersperse his playing with brief explanations of the types of Celtic music performed and its significance in the cultural history of Canadians.

Duncan invites students interested in this musical tradition to visit the London Irish Folk Club website at to learn about their many cultural events.

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