BBC Folk Awards Best Musician nominee Dan Walsh combines ‘virtuoso playing and winning songwriting’ (MORNING STAR). Describing what Dan does is no easy task but at the heart of it is British, Irish and American folk music delivered with a healthy dose of funky grooves – all performed with his unique and dazzling take on clawhammer style banjo helping to challenge all preconceptions about the instrument. Add to all that poignant songs, astonishing musical departures and lively humour and the result is a truly memorable live show which has wowed audiences across the world from intimate seated rooms to huge dancing crowds in festival fields.
Walsh has recorded seven solo albums to much critical acclaim. Most recently he returned to his first love and recorded ‘O’Neill’s Tunes’ – a collection of traditional Irish tunes played in his unique take on clawhammer style which was described as ‘expertly played’ and ‘difficult to find any fault with’ by Songlines magazine as well as receiving airplay on BBC Radio 2. He is an in demand performer with a hectic touring schedule in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and throughout Europe. He has also released two banjo tablature books including a very successful book of clawhammer arrangements of Irish folk tunes which inspired the O’Neill’s album.
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"One of the most incredible musicians I’ve heard in years!" - Bruce MacGregor, BBC Radio Scotland
"If one name is synonymous with the revival of interest in the banjo, it's Dan Walsh." - Living Tradition
"A real world class banjo player!" - Tom Robinson (BBC Radio 6)
"Absolutely terrific!" - Mark Radcliffe (BBC Radio 2)
"The real deal, a demon picker." - Uncut
"His banjo playing is second to none in the UK and he'd put many to shame in the US too." - R2
"Matches up virtuoso playing with winning songwriting." - Morning Star
"This artist is an inspiration!" - Maverick
"Eclectically inspired and consistently brilliant!" - Froots
"Staggering virtuoso picking, an excellent voice and finely crafted lyrics." - Rock Society
"Incredibly gifted - if anyone has the opportunity to see him they must." - Janice Long, BBC Radio 2
"Breathtaking and wonderful." - Acoustic Magazine
"No genre out of his reach, incredible talent." - Bright Young Folk