Danny Diamond is a fiddle player from Ireland. He is currently based in Minneapolis, MN, in the USA, where he plays in a duo with multi-instrumentalist and singer Brian Miller. His inventive, soulful and rhythmic fiddle playing draws on a rich family heritage of musical style and repertoire from the north of Ireland.
Past work includes: fiddle player and co-creator of the score for Teac Damsa’s multi award-winning dance theatre show Swan Lake / Loch na hEala (2016-2019). International touring included performances in the Sydney Opera House, The Bolshoi, Moscow, Abbey Theatre, Dublin, BAM Brooklyn and Saddlers Wells, London, among others.
Danny also co-founded the 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/label.
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 (2019), 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 computational musicology research with The Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics at The Data Science Institute, NUI Galway, analysing tune families across European folk music collections as part of the EU Polifonia project. Danny also co-ordinates of an archival project with the Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) on composer and fiddle player Andy Dickson; and teaches 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)