Duncan Schmoll is a mutli-genre guitarist in London who has been playing since the age of 9. At an early age he achieved grade 8 in Classical Guitar through ABRSM whilst also experimenting in all other styles of music from rock, blues, slide guitar, funk to jazz. Originally from South Africa, he now resides in London as a full time musician and teacher.
His career has lead him to play with numerous artists/bands in South Africa, spend a good spell in Chicago, USA learning from the locals on the jam circuit (was lucky enough to meet Buddy Guy and his brother Phil), moved over to London where he completed a Degree in Contemporary Music Performance, gigged, laughed, cried and met a whole load of interesting people along the way, musicians and not alike! He is also a RockSchool accredited teacher.
In his time in London he has run and promoted jam nights at The New X Inn in South-East London and at Powers in Kilburn, been involved in projects from classical to hard rock and everything in between. Highlights have been opening the Hop Farm Festival 2010 with his old band ‘The Uncles of Funk’ on the same bill as Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Dr. John, Mumford and Sons and Blondie to name a few.
Currently he plays in his own band project ‘Wild Rock Doves’ (an Allman Brothers/Tom Petty inspired project), Fiona Culley (a great country singer), arrange and perform in a strings project, play classical guitar at various events, teach quite a few students, do sessions here and there (live and recorded), contributed to printed music and the odd pitch for adverts/library music.
Through his career he has had the opportunity to work and play with such artists as Glenn Nightingale (Jamiroquai, Bryan Ferry), Hugh Burns (George Michael, Jerry Rafferty, Mike Oldfield), Becky Jones (Saint Savior, Groove Armada), Steve Ryan (Trucks) and Nick Mason (Pink Floyd) to name a few.