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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.


New Project: The Evening News

Danny, Will and John
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Danny, Will and John
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Danny, Will and John
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Release Date: June 3, 2017

Will Lee- banjo, guitar
Danny Knicely- mandolin, guitar
John Flower- bass

Will, Danny and John navigate a deep and intuitive current of time, melody and harmony that will move you. Their brand new project called The Evening News is scheduled for release on June 3, 2017. The album includes originals, old favorites, a cappella and hot instrumental numbers, and tight harmony singing takes a spotlight with Will's smooth lead and baritone, Danny's cutting tenor and John's soaring high-baritone.

Danny and John are both known for their work with David Via and Corn Tornado in the early 2000s, while Danny and Will released a well received duet album in 2006 called Murders Drownings and Lost Loves, but the three first performed together as part of the award winning Magraw Gap in the mid 1990s.

Come enjoy this music live and celebrate the new release!!!

June 3 - Limekiln Theater - Lexington, Va
June 4 - Barns of Rose Hill - Berryville, Va


Danny & Jack Win a WAMMIE!

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Danny Mentors in Strathmore's Artist in Residence 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

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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.

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.