“Seldom does a musician utterly inhabit a tradition while still expressing him or herself with such originality” Siobhán Long, The Irish Times.

Danny Diamond is one of the leading  Irish traditional musicians of his  generation. Through his work as a performer, composer, archivist and sound engineer, Danny has contributed on multiple fronts to the revitalisation and reimagining of Irish music and song.

Drawing on his family’s deep, cross-community cultural lineage in the north of Ireland, along with influences from other traditions across the north Atlantic, his fiddle playing is a unique and powerful voice in Irish music.

Danny currently combines international touring with Teac Damsa’s multi award-winning dance theatre show Swan Lake /Loch na hEala along with a range of collaborations and solo projects, notably the fiddle duo NORTH (with Conor Caldwell).

Danny Diamond

Past projects include the acclaimed Irish traditional band Mórga (2008-2017), with whom he recorded two albums and toured extensively; and the experimental Irish/Nordic trio Slow Moving Clouds (2014-2018), with whom he released two albums and created the score for Teac Damsa’s Swan Lake / Loch na hEala.

Danny's debut recording Fiddle Music (2014) and follow-up NORTH (2016, with Conor Caldwell) were both hailed as contemporary classics, with NORTH being nominated for The Irish Times Traditional Album of the Year 2016. A second solo recording, Elbow Room, was released in October 2017; and he is also currently developing What To Bring When We Leave, a collaborative project with Meath-based poet Tom French, commissioned by Solstice Arts Centre, Navan.

From 2006-2016 Danny worked with the Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA), managing ITMA's collections of historic and contemporary field recordings, while also conducting recordings in the field and in ITMA's Dublin studio. He also played with the band Mórga during the same period, releasing two albums and touring internationally.

As a recording engineer/producer, his credits include Lynched/Lankum's Cold Old Fire (2014); Mórga's For the Sake of Auld Decency (2013); his albums NORTH (2016, with Conor Caldwell) and Elbow Room (2017).

Danny's main instruments are a fiddle made by Dublin-based luthier Youenn Bothorel, with bows by Irish makers Gary Leahy  and Niall Flemming.

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