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.
Danny & Jack Win a WAMMIE!
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Chop, Shred & Split
, Danny's duo album with Jack Dunlap that they released in September, won a WAMMIE award from the Washington Area Music Association for best bluegrass recording.
You can buy it now in the online store
Danny Mentors in Strathmore's Artist in Residence Program
Danny has been chosen to serve as a mentor in the Strathmore Music Center's Artist in Residence (AIR) program. A flagship program of Strathmore’s Institute for Artistic and Professional Development, AIR was created more than a decade ago to support artists as they transition to professional careers. After a competitive selection process, a class of six is chosen every year to benefit from the support of mentor musicians, participate in professional development seminars, and enjoy extensive performance opportunities throughout the 10-month program.
Danny is serving as mentor for the American roots group the Bumper Jacksons and Jazz guitarist, Jan Knutson.The Bumper Jacksons will perform every Wednesday in February at the Srathmore mansion and Jan Knutson will perform there every Wednesday in April.
Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program
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.
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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 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, Virginia, 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 their "pyrotechnic" mandolin picking, exploring new influences and music theory, and further pushing the threshhold of what can be done on the mandolin.
Their achievements and those of other participants in the program will be showcased at Ash Lawn-Highland near Charlottesville on May 15. 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.
Tim O'Brien and Abigail Washburn join the Mountain Music Project to Aid Nepal
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The Mountain Music Project is partnering with We Help Nepal and Americana music legends, Tim O'Brien and Abigail Washburn, to help victims of the series of earthquakes that have devastated Nepal. All donations and proceeds from the sale of My Home is Across the Blue Ridge Mountains by The Mountain Music Project featuring Tim O'Brien & Abigail Washburn go directly to We Help Nepal, who are actively working on the ground in Nepal with disaster relief and development projects.
To download the single or to donate, go to the Mountain Music Store.