A Southern Appalachian native, Dan was raised with Old Time Music. He has become a true master musician and teacher in both the Clawhammer Banjo style and Old Time Fiddling. His dad called square dances and his mom played guitar, piano and sang. With 14 Mel Bay publications including his innovative Clawhammer Banjo From Scratch and 10 recordings to his name, Dan is one of the undisputed influences on today’s old time music aficionados.
Dan is a modern day troubadour in the truest sense of the word. A full time musician, Dan travels the country with banjo and fiddle singing songs and telling stories of the road. Dan was born and raised Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania the northernmost city of Southern Appalachia. Dan now calls Tucson, Arizona his home when he is not on the road.
Dan’s parents were Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania natives as well and they raised him with the music he has come to perform. His father, Fred, called dances and his mother, Naomi, played piano, guitar, and sang in several musical groups in the Pittsburgh area including her temple choir. They even met at a square dance!
Dan has been touring internationally for over 20 years now. In that time he has become a well known master artist and instructor of the Appalachian style fiddle and old time clawhammer banjo.
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