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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.

Danny's New CD with Jack Dunlap

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Danny & Jack are pleased to announce that their new album, "Chop, Shred & Split", was released on September 10. You can buy it now in the online store.

They will be joined by Jared Pool on guitar and Neil Knicely on bass for a couple more concerts to celebrate the release:

Oct 15 at the Front Porch in Charlottesville.
Oct 29 at Clementine in Harrisonburg.

Go to the Shows page for details on both shows.

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 one of this year's AIR groups, the Bumper Jacksons.

As an AIR mentor, Danny will be performing in the Strathmore Mansion on November 4. Tickets are available on the Strathmore website.

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 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 their "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 and 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.