Greg & Junko Macdonald | Pan 2 Paradise

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Pan 2 Paradise

by Greg & Junko Macdonald

The world's first Hawaiian/Caribbean steel drum mix. When you add Ukulele and Hawaiian Steel Guitar to the steel drum you get a combination you've never heard. It'll take you to two paradises.
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1. Yellow Bird (Caribbean)
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3:23 album only
2. Pearly Shells (Hawaiian)
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2:54 album only
3. Matilda (Caribbean)
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3:26 album only
4. Hanalei Moon (Hawaiian)
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3:40 album only
5. Island In The Sun (Caribbean)
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3:53 album only
6. Tiny Bubbles (Hawaiian)
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3:47 album only
7. Three Little Birds (Caribbean)
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3:01 album only
8. Blue Hawaii (Hawaiian)
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3:28 album only
9. Hawaiian War Chant (Hawaiian)
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3:20 album only
10. Jamaica Farewell (Caribbean)
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3:23 album only
11. Beyond the Reef (Hawaiian)
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3:30 album only
12. Marianne (Caribbean)
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2:59 album only
13. Hawaiian Wedding Song (Hawaiian)
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4:18 album only
14. Aloha Oe (Hawaiian)
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3:18 album only


Album Notes
Please read all the great information about this CD, but if you just are looking to contact us directly, here's that info first:
Greg and Junko MacDonald
Ph. 808-735-6003 (that's our home in Hawaii)

Now, on with this wonderful CD.

Pan 2 Paradise is the first steel drum recording of Hawaiian and Caribbean music (seven Hawaiian favorites, seven Caribbean favorites) on the same CD. It's also the first time that steel drums have been blended with the Hawaiian ukulele and steel guitar. It's quite simply unique. This combination was sort of "accidental." We were playing in Waikiki at the Moana Sheraton Surfrider Hotel, in the beautiful Banyan Court overlooking the beach. Guests kept asking us if we had a recording. Since we didn't have any original music, we took a list of the most frequently requested tunes, and headed for the studio. When we finished, we realized that half the songs were Hawaiian, half Caribbean. Why? Because we were performing in Hawaii so people would request Hawaiian songs, but others knew the instrument was from the Caribbean, so requested those. Hence the title Pan (which is the nickname for the steel drum) 2 Paradise (music from two paradises.)

For custom audio or MP3 CD's, contact Greg,, and you can choose/pay for just the songs you want from our five CD's.

To see and hear all recordings by us, scroll down to "Try This," located on the lower left of your screen, then look for "GALLERIES this is in Greg MacDonald," and click on it.

Bio: We are an instrumental duo. I play parallel lead pans (higher register) and Junko plays double seconds (lower register). You can see our picture on the album Sweet Dreaming, located in this site, see below for directions how to get there. My introduction to pan was at the University of California, Berkeley. Having been a professional trap set drummer, I took a class at Berkeley in 1985, and fell in love with steel drums. For that year I performed with the Berkeley Steel Orchestra, then moved to Hawaii. Junko and I met at a Christmas party in 1994. She liked the sound of the instrument and began coming to band rehearsals, later learning a few tunes and sitting in with us. Her musical background is classical piano, so she had a well trained ear and picked up pan quickly. By 1996 we had formed a duo, and a couple years later got married. She is from Tokyo and is the world's first professional female Japanese pan player. Our cultural and musical differences help to define our sound. We are dedicated to this instrument, which is another story, too long for here.

Credits: We have provided pre concert entertainment for Harry Belafonte, Jimmy Buffet, Julio Iglesias and Kenny Loggins (all while they were in Hawaii.) Our corporate clients include: Sony, ATT, Coke Cola, Dr.Pepper/7up, Coors, Intel, Taco Bell, Motorola, Cisco Systems, and dozens more. Our Latin album, Pan-a-Cabana, was featured in July 2002 on the largest Hispanic TV network in the world, Univision, broadcasting from Miami. In June 1999, we appeared on Home Shopping Network and set a new sales record (to that date).

Contact info: If you are planning an event, we specialize in background music for weddings, dinners, cocktails, grand openings, registrations, etc. If you want a full calypso band, we can provide that also. Phone/fax (808) 735-6003, e-mail, or write to Greg and Junko MacDonald at PO Box 161083, Honolulu, HI 96816. Please email us to get on our mailing list. If you are planning your event through an agent, destination service, or other such provider, we would be happy to work with them to simplify your efforts.

Coming to Hawaii? Please catch one of our free performances in the heart of Waikiki, at International Market Place, Food Court Stage, Sun and Tue, 7-9pm, under the Banyan Tree! Sometimes visitors get lost in the Market Place, if so, the Food Court Stage is in the back left if you enter from Kalakaua. Or, just ask a vendor. See ya there!

You can purchase this CD now, at this site, by charge card, or toll free by phone if you prefer at 1-800-Buy-My-CD. Or, you can mail order from Greg and Junko directly. Also, we (Greg and Junko) can burn you a custom audio or MP3 CD, where you pick only the songs you want from all our CD's. Please contact us at 808-735-6003 or for more info. 99 cents per song, 15 song minimum. Price includes shipping.

Reminder: to see and hear all recordings by us, look to the left margin of this page, find "Try This," then look for "GALLERIES this is in Greg MacDonald," and click on it.

This site was updated: 1/11/06


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Tamara Nations

Great music!
Your music is relaxing an soothing!

Barry A

Pan 2 Paradise
My massage therapist was looking for this CD for over a year! Thank you for making available online! It is SOOOO relaxing to listen to. She plays it during her massage therapy - an excellent collection of relaxing, and interesting compositions.


Great cd! Takes me back to Hawaii everytime I listen.

Larry O

Pan 2 Paradise
Never been to Hawaii but listening to this CD certainly brings Hawaii to me. Fantastic CD!

William Rimshaw

Hawaii , without the travel time .
Whenever we are sad or blue , playing this CD brings a smile to our face .


really brings back memories of both sets of islands
A lovely arrangement using steel drums and other intruments. Makes me want to go back to the islands.


Love the cd,s...!
Love the cd,s...they help me fall asleep, I suffer from insomnia...Mahalo!



Mike from Chicago

I first heard a cut from this CD on ALOHA JOE and fell in love with the sound. The blend of steel drum with Hawaiian music is absolutely incredible. This is definitely a must-have for anyone who loves Hawaiian music. I love your arrangement of the War Chant. I will definitely be back for more.

j ham

The Pan 2 Paradise CD arrived quickly and in perfect condition. It provided authentic music for a luau we recently hosted. Would highly recommend this CD for a luau or just for your enjoyment. Thanks!
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