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Danny Boland is a singer/songwriter based in Liverpool. His wide vocal range makes him able to sing a variety of genres, from blues to folk to electric and most styles in between. He performs his own original compositions as well as arrangements of other people’s songs (from 1930’s to modern, both obscure and classic), but his roots are really in folk (mainly Irish, British and American).
His guitars are important to him, and he mainly uses Martin 6 & 12 string ‘dreadnought’ acoustics, plus a road worn chrome-plated steel national slide guitar. He also plays harmonica (using a different harp for every key, complete with vintage ‘Green Bullet’ mic and Fender Junior tube amp), plus banjo, ukulele, mandolin and a little piano. He enjoys studio work but is most at home performing live, with a band or solo, playing anywhere from the street to café’s, pubs and big concert venues.
He has numerous musical influences. Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Ed Sheeran and Muddy Waters are certainly close to the top of the list.
Young singer/songwriter, actor and multi-instrumentalist Danny Boland has played to critical acclaim in Europe from a young age. Born in Luxembourg (and with family links to Rye), Danny studied at music at Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. Now London based, Danny is rapidly gaining a name for himself as a performer able to play across multiple genre’s and decades.
Bitten by the blues bug at an early age (Danny says it was a chance listening to John Lee Hooker’s Boom Boom in the Blues Brothers movie that “hooked” him), he plays his own songs along with arrangements of numbers by artists as diverse as Leadbelly to John Mayer and almost everything in between.
Described as having an “Old Soul” because of his love of music from the 20’s to the 60’s, Danny backs up powerful vocals with distinct guitar sounds, specialising in acoustic blues such as picking in the style of Big Bill Broonzy and using a steel National slide to evoke the sounds of the south, with mandolin and blues harp adding extra depth and colour.
For centuries Rye was an island with only one land connection at high tide to the mainland through the Landgate Arch. These days the striking Arch and buildings are home to Antique shops and cafes and a stunning view. Our artists perform on next to Knoops the Chocolate shop - who make a fantastic hot chocolate or milkshake.
Please note there are no toilet facilities at The Landgate so please use nearby Knoops cafe facilities.
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