Multi-instrumentalist Danny Knicely draws from a wide range of influences including the Appalachian folk music of his youth and various types of world music he has encountered. Born into a musical family steeped in a mountain music tradition for generations, he first learned from his grandfather, who played dances and social events in the Shenandoah Valley as far back as the 1930's. Danny has the uncanny ability to blend into and elevate most any musical situation. He has shared his music and collaborated with musicians in over a dozen countries spanning four continents including US State Department tours in Russia, Tunisia, Morocco and Cabo Verde. Danny has won many awards for his mandolin, guitar, fiddle and flat-foot dance expertise, including first place in the mandolin contest at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. As an avid music educator, he has taught at some of the leading music camps in the U.S. including Augusta Heritage Center, Common Ground on the Hill, Louis J. Meyers Music Camp, Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, and Millwood Blues Week. Danny has also been a mentor in Strathmore Music Center’s prestigious Young Artists in Residence Program and a Master artist in Virginia Folklife Organization’s Apprenticeship Program. As a sought-after session musician, producer and arranger, he participates in countless recordings and appears on record labels including Patuxent, Crossroads, Mapleshade and Smithsonian Folkways.
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