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. He also teaches and presents concerts. For a full bio check out the "Bio" page.
Explore all of Danny's activities here on his website, and join Danny's mailing list to keep up with his upcoming appearances.
"THE MEANING OF BUCKDANCE"
GOES TO RUSSIA
The Meaning of Buckdance is a collaborative dance piece exploring the connections between flatfooting/clogging, tap, and hip-hop featuring members of Urban Artistry, Goodfoot Dance Company, and tap dancer extraordinaire, Bakari Wilder. The show debuted at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts last fall and is traveling through Russia Aug 11-17 on a tour sponsored by the US Department of State. Performances and workshops are scheduled in Yekaterinburg as part of "City Day", a festival to celebrate the town's 290th birthday and in the city of Perm as part of the Ves' Zakamsk Street Dance festival. "The Meaning of Buckdance" will be presented at my annual Winter concert at Franklin Park Performing Arts Center in Purcellville, Virginia on January 31, 2015.
New Album "Waltz for Aimee"
Danny Knicely's new 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 flat-picker extraodinaire Wyatt Rice, rhythm/lead guitarist for the Tony Rice Unit, and twice named International Bluegrass Music Association's bassist of the year, Mark Schatz, from Nickel Creek and the Claire Lynch Band. 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 will be released on compact disc and for digital downloads on September 1, 2014 and will be available at www.dannyknicely.com. Don't miss a rare opportunity to see these exceptional musicians perform this music live in concert at limited showings in Virginia during the first week of September.
Sept. 4 - Waterford Old School Waterford, VA
Sept. 5 - Lime Kiln Theater Lexington, VA
Sept. 6 - Ashland Coffee & Tea Ashland, VA
Sept. 7 - Court Square Theater Harrisonburg, VA
Debut Mandolin Album Re-Release
Danny's debut mandolin albume, Roots & Branches has been re-released using the latest in eco-friendly packaging. Please check the store page for more info.
"Danny Knicely's bluegrass and old-time roots run deep, and I've enjoyed jamming with him through the years. His fiddle feeds flatfooters, and his guitar drives hard, but it is his fluid mandolin that takes the spotlight here. This adventurous CD travels from community dance, though bluegrass festival campground, to the late night club. There are tributes to Bill Monroe and Kenny Baker, a jazzy version of "Ookpik Waltz," and several fine originals, including the newgrassy "Salt Run" in seven-four time. Thankfully avoiding Protools slickness, these grooves are intimate and alive, and the sound is big and round. The band can and does stretch out, displaying virtuousity as well as humor in the process. With this CD, Danny shows he's as much fun to listen to as he is to play with." -- Tim O'Brien