Danny Diamond is one of the leading  Irish traditional musicians of his  generation. 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 contemporary Irish music.

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.

Current projects include the Nordic/Irish band Slow Moving Clouds, who release their second album Starfall in September 2018. This follows the band's work on Teac Damsa's multi award-winning dance theatre show Swan Lake / Loch na hEala in 2016, for which they wrote, arranged, and performed the score. Danny combines international touring with Swan Lake /Loch na hEala and Slow Moving Clouds along with a range of collaborations and solo projects, notably the fiddle duo NORTH (with Conor Caldwell).

Danny Diamond

Danny's 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. A second solo recording, Elbow Room, was released in October 2017 to widespread acclaim; 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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