Danny Diamond is a fiddle player based in Dublin, Ireland.

In his music, Danny creates a unique sound-world, rooted in the rich heritage of Irish traditional music, while also incorporating wider influences from Nordic and American folk to baroque and electronic music.

Danny’s work includes the contemporary Nordic/Irish band Slow Moving Clouds, with whom he created the score for Teac Damsa's multi award-winning dance theatre show Swan Lake / Loch na hEala. Danny currently combines international touring with Swan Lake /Loch na hEala alongside a range of collaborations and solo projects.

His debut recording Fiddle Music (2014) and follow-up NORTH (2016, with Conor Caldwell) were both widely acclaimed as contemporary classics, with NORTH being nominated for The Irish Times Traditional Album of the Year 2016. Danny's second solo recording, Elbow Room, was released in October 2017 to widespread acclaim. 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.

Danny Diamond

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), in addition to his recordings 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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