Robert Wade 2004
Dan is a
acoustic finger style guitarist who performs a blend of
contemporary and traditional Irish/American tunes (primarily
in DADGAD tuning).
Bill Fisher of Victory Music
Review writes: "Carollo is a wonderful guitarist whose style
incorporates the techniques developed by many of today's
finest folk and new age players while at the same time
hewing to traditional fingerpicking and Celtic and American
In 2004, Dan was selected "Northwest Folk Artist of the
Month" on KBCS 91.3.
His music was also selected along with several other local
artists to debut the
City of Seattle's "On Call" music program in 2006, which
features the music of local Northwest artists. Dan performs
annually at the Northwest Folklife Festival.
Music from his second CD
release, "Miles From Dublin", as well as some original
scoring was included an independent film "The Dark Horse" by
Seattle film directory Cornelia Duryée Moore. (see
Dan's recent release of
"Miles from Dublin" was recently added to the Irish
Traditional Music Archive in Dublin, Ireland and listed
January/February 2007 issue of "The Journal of Music in
performed or recorded with numerous musicians, including
Grasso, fiddle player
Bays, button accordion player
Daniel Possumato, Suzanne Taylor (of
Tua), Michael Connolly
Captain Gravel, Covenant worship pastor and fiddle
player Ted Yuen. Singer
Hendrickson, Lost in the Fog fiddle player
Brad Hull, multi-instrumentalist Mary Grider, and others.
currently lives in Bray, County Wickow (Ireland) after
moving from Seattle, Washington (U.S.) in late 2007.
Also: See Dan's site on
CeltoGrass is the name of the independent
record label founded by
guitarist Dan Carollo in 2003. The name also
conceptualizes the influence of both traditional Irish
and American music (see below).
shot of espresso,
a pint of Guinness, old-time religion, a slab of peat, a bag of grass
clippings and you have something resembling "CeltoGrass".
(Click here to see list of previous
The name draws it's inspiration from the
musical traditions of
both Ireland and America -- and one cannot read
American history without seeing the profound contribution
of the Irish, as well as the influence of America on
Irish historian notes "Emigration is a mirror in which
Ireland sees itself reflected."
music rooted itself in American during the first wave
of Irish immigration in the 17th and early 18th century.
Some 100,000 or more came (mostly Protestant) to America
during this time. Traditional ballads found their way into
the Appalachian Mountains, forming a style that became
the roots of country, bluegrass and even rock.
great wave of Irish immigration came during the potato
famine of 1845-49. Many of the songs from this time
reflect a mixture of hope, tragedy, loss and a deep
longing for the homeland of Ireland.
not much of an overstatement to say it was the
Irish who built America as we know it. From the Brooklyn
Bridge, to the Transcontinental Railroad, and even the
Statue of Liberty -- the great symbols of modern America
were made largely by Irish-Americans.
200,000 or so Irish fought in the American Civil War.
One tune that especially defines the Irish/American
affinity is "Pat Murphy of the Irish Brigade"...
"How boldly those brave
Irish volunteers fought, In defense of the flag of the
Union. And if ever old Ireland assistance does need, Her
cause we'd be heeding quite gaily. And the Stars and the
Strips will be seen along side of the old flag of the Land
has also been a sounding board to Irish music, seeing it's
own contribution to the musical tradition with the
introduction of the banjo (originally an African
instrument) and guitar.
American folk artists such as Pete Seeger and the Weavers
had a large influence on Irish folk music, as reflected in the sounds of
Tommy Makem and the Clancy Brothers.
some of the finest musicians in the Irish
tradition -- Ileen Ivers, Liz Caroll and Natalie MacMaster
-- have their roots in North America.
Far from The Shamrock Shore: The
Story of Irish-American Immigration Through Song.
Copyright 2002 By Mick Moloney
Bringing It All Back Home: The
Influence of Irish Music. Copyright 2001 by
A Short History of Appalachian
Bluegrass Music: The Roots
The History Of Hymns in America
Music of Ireland
Irish Music: Roots and Branches