“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 a musician, researcher, and sound engineer with a background in Irish traditional/folk music, currently based between Minneapolis, USA and Dublin, Ireland. Let Fly, Danny's latest album of traditional fiddle tunes with accompaniment from multi-instrumentalist Brian Miller, was launched in February 2021.
Born in Belfast into a cross-community family with deep roots in traditional music, Danny spent his formative years immersed in the tradition: learning, playing and performing at festivals and music sessions around Ireland. Later he was centrally involved in the early years of Ireland's ongoing folk music revival, as a performer, archivist and sound engineer. In recent years Danny has toured internationally, creating and performing collaborative projects with writers, dance companies and visual artists.
Past work includes: fiddle player, Music Co-Ordinator and co-writer of the score for Teac Damsa’s multi award-winning dance theatre show Swan Lake / Loch na hEala (2016-2020). Swan Lake was one of the most successful Irish theatre productions of the past decade; with it Danny toured the world, including performances in the Sydney Opera House, Dublin's Abbey Theatre, BAM Brooklyn and Saddlers Wells, London, among many others.
Danny co-founded the acclaimed Irish-Nordic indie folk band Slow Moving Clouds and played with them from 2014-2018, during which time they performed widely in Ireland, toured the UK, released two albums, and joined the PEOPLE collective led by members of the National and Bon Iver.
Previously Danny toured in Ireland and Europe with Irish traditional band Mórga (2007-2016), releasing two albums along the way. He has also released three solo albums: Fiddle Music (2014) and Elbow Room (2017); along with the duo recordings NORTH (2016, with Conor Caldwell), and Let Fly (2021, with Brian Miller).
Other collaborative work includes What To Bring When We Leave (2018), a performance project with poet Tom French, produced by Solstice Arts Centre; and Open Room, a collaboration with dancer Edwina Guckian and writer Vincent Woods.
With fiddle player and researcher Conor Caldwell, Danny created The Long Road to Glenties, a unique event combining live performance with a screening of restored archival footage of Irish fiddler John Doherty from the Seeger family collection in the Library of Congress. The Long Road to Glenties was presented at music and arts festivals in Ireland and internationally between 2014-2020.
Other ongoing work includes: postgraduate research with The Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics at The Data Science Institute, NUI Galway, analysing European folk music collections as part of the EU Polifonia project; co-ordination of an archival project with the Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) on composer and fiddle player Andy Dickson; and online teaching of Irish fiddle repertoire and technique with The Center for Irish Music.
Recording engineer/producer credits include: Let Fly (Diamond & Miller, 2021); NORTH (Diamond & Caldwell, 2016); Cold Old Fire (Lankum 2014); For the Sake of Auld Decency (Mórga, 2013)