August 1, 2010
I have just
released new CD: "The Communion of Saints"
acoustic guitar) -- a collection of hymns and
original arrangements for solo guitar, with
Rónán Johnston. You can purchase
now on this site. Click
November 4, 2007
Big life change for me in a
month or so. In December, my family and I will be
re-locating to Dublin, Ireland for couple or so
years for my "day job"! This means my regular,
"local northwest" status will be on hold for a while --
except for a couple trips I may be making back to the
states each year. Please check my web-site for
gigs near you. However, for the next while or so, most
of my performances will be in the Ireland/UK region!
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October 21, 2007
I performed the last gig on
American soil for a while (see above entry for details).
Eliot Grasso (pipes), and my good friend Ted Yuen
(fiddle) joined me for a gig along with the Murray Irish
Dancers at McMinnville Covenant Church. A grand
time as usual. I will miss playing with Eliot, but
hoping to hook up with him next year for a gig or two
when I visit the states.
June 28, 2007
- Oh my goodness. I'm long
overdue for a journal entry. It's been over a year.
Just last Sunday, I did an "anniversary performance"
with my friend
Eliot Grasso on uilleann pipes and the
Baile Glas Irish
Dancers at Sammamish Presbyterian Church. Just
one year ago on June 25th, we did the exact same
performance. Sound samples to follow later.
January 29, 2007
- Spent my birthday with
Eliot Grasso at the grand re-opening of the headquarters
Piobairi Uilleann (Society of Uilleann Pipers - Dublin)
at 15 Henrietta Street. Irish music
celebrities everywhere! I saw Paul Brady, Robbie
Hannen, Jerry O'Sullivan and many others. Even the The Taoiseach of
Ireland, Bertie Ahern was there to deliver the
dedication speech. What an amazing night. I
will never forget it.
January - March 28, 2007
- Had a rare opportunity
for a business trip to Dublin, Ireland for 3 months!
I created a special blog of my adventures here:
June 23, 2006
- New CD "Miles from Dublin",
Click Here to listen to sound samples...
- Dan's debut CD "Waiting
For Inspiration" (2004) now available on
"Miles From Dublin" to
be released within the next couple weeks! Click
here to listen to sound samples...
February 27, 2006
Marshall from the Los Angeles Times interviewed me
for this story that ran today. Didn't get any
of my colorful quotes in the story, but got a nice
mention of "CeltoGrass", anyway!
February 14, 2006
thought you might get a kick out of this... My song
"Thinking Time" from my solo CD
"Waiting For Inspiration" is now being featured on
the City of Seattle's On Hold Music program. See
Also, see the
Seattle P-I article here...
other news: Michael Connolly and I are nearing
the final stages of our new CD project to be
titled "Miles from Dublin", a lively mix of
traditional Irish and American tunes, along with a few
originals. Estimated release is May 2006. Stay
tuned for updates.
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out the new CeltoGrass site on MySpace.com:
We had a
wonderful gig at the
Northwest Folklife Festival this year. Fiddle/uillean
pipe player Michael Connolly joined me to kick off the
"Folklife Shillelagh Smackdown" at the Henry Weinhard’s
Northwest Court Stage.
who plays 6 or 7 other instruments, will also be
participating in a new CD project we'll be
recording this summer.
Connolly, an Irish-American transplant originally from
Memphis, Tennessee, is equally at home with old-time
American, Bluegrass and traditional Irish music. I'm
excited to have him join me for this project.
January 30, 2005
and a half years of performing with Tacoma fiddle player
Ted Yuen, Ted will be taking a break from CeltoGrass as
he recently announced accepting the position of Worship
McMinnville Covenant Church in Oregon. Although Ted
will no longer being dong regular gigs with me -- we may
try to squeeze in a gig, perhaps at Cannon Beach this
year! Stay tuned.
upcoming performances (The Celtic Bayou in Redmond and
the Blue Heron Arts Center on Vashon Island) will
feature instead fiddle player
Stewart Hendrickson -- who I know from the Tuesday
night open mics at Ravenna Third Place Books and the
Sunday sessions at Fado's.
strange twist of irony -- there is actually an
interesting connection between Ted and Stewart! A
few years back, Ted had sold his late 19th-century
fiddle to Guitar Emporium in Ballard. Later, the
very same fiddle was then purchased by Stewart, who
wrote an article about it in the Victory Review!
here...). Ted happened to pick up a copy and was
very surprised to read about his old fiddle!
January 18, 2005
I got an
email recently from wonderful chap named Pat Kirby, whom
I met on the flight from Chicago to Dublin last October.
Pat lives somewhere north of the Liffey (about 30 or so
miles outside Dublin). His 11-year-old son is
learning to play the fiddle and really enjoyed my
recording of "Ashokan Farewell" (a popular American tune
written by Jay Ungar). In fact, he was practicing to the
tune for the Dunboyne Comhaltas Ceoltori Eireann
Christmas concert. I'm sure Jay would be thrilled
to his tune is getting quite a hearing in Ireland.
tells me my CD goes very well with a bottle of wine. Not
sure whether that means my CD inspires a celebratory
sort-of feeling, or whether it means listening to my CD
is just a little more tolerable after chugging down a
bottle or two!
December 25, 2004
Christmas! Just posted a rough take of "Little
Drummer Boy" on acoustic guitar that I recorded on my
little home computer mic.
here to listen...
November 11, 2004
posted my journal of my recent Ireland trip with musician
Wade this October. Click
here to read more...
September 1, 2004
Stumbled upon another CD
review of "Waiting For Inspiration" on
CelticChristianTunes.com. Pretty much what I
expected -- they hated the same tracks I do!
August 25, 2004
set to travel to Ireland (Dublin and Dingle) this fall.
Will be doing some "musical research" for my next CD
project -- due to begin recording in early 2005.
August 7, 2004
Skeptical philosophers often talk about "the problem of
evil" as being evidence against God's existence. But the
argument seems to cut both ways: For the skeptics, there
is also "the problem of beauty".
running late for a guitar workshop with local blues
Madis while sitting outside the new
Coffee in Freemont slurping on a wonderful cup of jo.
The sky had just begun to clear after a rainy morning, the trees glowed in the
warm sunshine and I had one of those moments when
everything seemed to become suddenly vivid and
clear -- The scent of moist Seattle air mixed with the
pungent flavor of Peet's Coffee, the bustle of people, a
dog walking by, birds pecking at the crumbs on the ground.
Then, I went off to a two-hour workshop on
Piedmont Blues (a style of blues popularized
by "Blind Boy" Fuller and Rev. Gary Davis). Some people
say there is no God, but I couldn't help seeing him at
work that day, in a
St. Thomas Aquinas sort of way.
pleasantly surprised to get a very
positive review of my debut CD "Waiting For Inspiration" in the August 2004
issue of Victory
Music Review Magazine.
Pierre Bensusan guitar workshop at Dusty Strings.
is a world-renowed guitar player who has popularized the
DADGAD style of tuning (a style that lends itself well to Celtic and other modal-type
music). I confess that I am a DADGAD player myself, and
was starting to feel a little guilty for not
having played standard tuning for such a long time.
when I saw Pierre perform that night, the world of DADGAD
was raised to a level beyond my wildest imagination.
Now I don't feel guilty about playing in DADGAD anymore!
(Although rumor has it I may include at least one
standard-tuning song on my next CD).
selected as "June 2004 Artist of the Month" at