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Danny will be giving a guitar workshop at the Loudoun Bluegrass Festival on May 9.
Danny Knicely

Danny Knicely is a multi-talented musician and music producer from the Shenandoah valley of Virginia. He is constantly active performing and recording his own music and working with other musicians and dancers.

Virginia Folklife's Apprenticeship Program

Danny and Jack Danny is considered a master folk artist by his home-state of Virginia and is participating in an apprenticeship sponsored by the Virginia Folklife Program.

The Folklife Apprenticeship pairs an experienced master artist with an eager learner, in order to help ensure that a particular art form is passed on in ways which are conscious of history and faithful to tradition. The master artist is one who has achieved a high level of skill in the particular traditional art form, who is regarded as a master of the craft by his/her peers, and who has learned and developed his/her skill within its traditional context. The apprentice is one who has demonstrated an interest and competency in the art form prior to the apprenticeship, and who shows a sincere commitment to learning the nuanced qualities of the tradition, and carrying the tradition on into the future.

Apprentice Jack Dunlap is already a musician of incredible Depth. Though still in his teens, Jack has a long list of contest winnings on both mandolin and guitar and gives mandolin and guitar lessons in and around Winchester, VA where he resides. He also plays with Buds Collective, one of the fastest rising acts in the Bluegrass music scene. Danny and Jack will focus on honing the intricacies of pyrotechnic mandolin picking, exploring new influences and music theory, and further pushing the thresh-hold of what can be done on the mandolin. Their achievements and those of other participants in the program will be showcased at the VA Folklife Stage during this years Richmond Folk Festival on October 10-11, 2015. Other apprenticeships for this year's program include blacksmithing, bluegrass fiddling, salt making, and balalaika playing.

For more information on Virginia Folklife's Apprenticeship Program, check out a book by Virginia's state folklorist, Jon Lohman, called "In Good Keeping", which documents the first five years of the project.


This year, Danny's annual big winter concert features The Meaning of Buckdance. The show is a collaborative dance piece exploring the connections between flatfooting/clogging, tap and urban dance. It features members of Urban Artistry, the Good Foot Dance Company and tap dancer Baakari Wilder. The show debuted at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and traveled to Russia in August 2014 on a tour sponsored by the US Department of State. Performances and workshops were held in Yekaterinburg as part of "City Day", a festival to celebrate the town's 291st birthday, and in the city of Perm as part of the Ves' Zakamsk Street Dance festival.

Join Danny and his guests for his Winter concert at Franklin Park Performing Arts Center in Purcellville, Virginia, on January 31, 2015. Tickets are $20 in advance and $22 at door. Reserve yours by calling 540-338-7973.

New Album Waltz for Aimee

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Danny Knicely's latest release, Waltz for Aimee, focuses on the true and natural tone of exquisitely fine acoustic instruments in the hands of master musicians. Danny plays a vintage D-18 Martin guitar and is accompanied by two renowned musicians.

Flat-picker extraodinaire Wyatt Rice is the rhythm/lead guitarist for the Tony Rice Unit. Mark Schatz, twice named the International Bluegrass Music Association's bassist of the year, plays wiht Nickel Creek, the Claire Lynch Band and DC's own Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble.

The album features old-time flat-picking, open string swing, dreadnaught jazz, and includes cameo performances by Danny on mandolin and vocals. Recorded by Les Thompson, founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the sound reproduction is accurate and captures the energy and groove of the trio. The album is now available on compact disc and for digital downloads on the Store page.