Duncan McKenzie Piano Man

About Duncan

  
DUNCAN McKENZIE has been earning a living in the music business since he was 13 years old.  His first band was the Kingpins, with Duncan on piano, Gordon on accordian, and Bobby on drums, playing for weddings and dances in and around the area of Glasgow, Scotland.  This gritty, blue-collar area also produced the likes of Billy Connelly and Craig Ferguson.  He went on to study music at Glasgow University, but still spent nearly every night playing and singing in local restaurants and clubs.
 
After earning his degree, Duncan sent an audition tape to the head office of P&O Cruise Lines and was quickly snapped up by their entertainment department.  His first job with "the ships" was as keyboard player in the dance band aboard the S.S. Arcadia sailing from Southampton to Australia.
 
For the next 20 years, Duncan continued working on cruise ships, first as a Band Member, then Band Leader, eventually becoming Musical Director on Princess Cruise Lines during its Love Boat period.  His final position was as Solo Pianist for Holland America Line.  During those years, Duncan completed seven world cruises and worked seasons in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, South Pacific, Australia, Mexican Riviera, Baltics, and Alaska.
 
In 1994, Duncan's life changed in a manner worthy of the best Love Boat script.  He met an American passenger one night in Cozumel, Mexico, and decided to give up the seafaring life for good.
He and his "passenger" have been together ever since.
 
 
 

After retiring from the ships, Duncan worked in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he formed the trio Shaken Not Stirred.  This popular group performed at various locations throughout central Indiana, including many Indiana Pacers and Indianapolis Colts home games.

In 2001, Duncan moved to Boca Raton, Florida, where he joined the Scottish band Ceilidh Sound, and formed his own band The Reel McCoys.  As a solo piano bar entertainer, Duncan appeared at many local clubs and restaurants, including the Breakers Hotel, the Beach Club, and the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, and Bela Sera, Vito's, and the Polo Club in Boca. His stage show, From Broadway to Vegas, was very popluar at venues all across southeast Florida.

In 2009, Duncan switched coasts, moving to the Tampa Bay area of Florida, where he is currently playing for the Scottish American Society ceilidh dances in Dunedin and various Sons and Daughters of Erin events.  He is also appearing at clubs and restaurants throughout the area, where his piano-bar style and danceable tunes are pleasing music lovers and filling dance floors. 


Duncan has recently written a book detailing his hilarious adventures and behind-the-scenes tidbits of working on the cruise ships.  Watch for Rum, Bum and Bingo coming soon to Amazon.