Biography

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Nominated for best musician at last year's BBC Folk Awards and touted as one of the finest banjo players in the UK as well as being a superb singer, songwriter and guitarist, Dan Walsh is described as 'the real deal' (UNCUT). 2017 sees the release of highly anticipated new solo album 'Verging On The Perpendicular' after the success of critically acclaimed album Incidents and Accidents which was lauded as 'absolutely terrific' by Mark Radcliffe on BBC Radio 2.


Describing what Dan does is no easy task but at the heart of it is British, Irish and American folk music delivered with a healthy dose of funky grooves - all performed with his unique and dazzling take on clawhammer style banjo. Add to all that poignant songs, astonishing musical departures and lively humour and the result is a truly memorable live show which has wowed audiences across the world from intimate seated rooms to huge dancing crowds in festival fields.

As well as many tours of the UK, Dan also has recent successful trips to the USA, Canada, Germany, India, Norway and New Zealand to his credit. Having made his name with duo Walsh and Pound, he is now an extremely busy performer touring throughout the world both solo and as a member of the award-winning Urban Folk Quartet.

His eclectic and innovative approach has led to many exciting collaborations alongside his solo work and the UFQ. The latest is with fellow banjoist John Dowling, combining beautiful harmonies with red-hot picking. Other work has included tours with North East concertina legend Alistair Anderson, sensational Indian sarangi player Suhail Yusuf Khan and Canadian country singer Meaghan Blanchard. Dan is also an in demand session musician with recent guest appearances, on stage or in the studio, with the likes of Imelda May, Joss Stone, Seth Lakeman, the Levellers, Duane Eddy, Martin Simpson and even the City of London Sinfonia.

Dan also retains a passion for outreach work and through the prestigious Live Music Now scheme has performed throughout the UK in hospices, hospitals, special schools and care homes. He also teaches banjo both in person and over Skype and is the only international banjoist to be invited to teach at the Midwest Banjo Camp in the USA.

Dan Walsh uses Deering banjos, D'addario strings and Freshman guitars

 

'The real deal, a demon picker' - UNCUT

'Eclectically inspired and consistently brilliant' - FROOTS

'Absolutely terrific' - MARK RADCLIFFE, BBC RADIO 2