Award: Recording And Releasing Music (Do it Differently)

Year: 2019

Genre: Folk

Location: Northern Ireland

Website: danimusicathome.squarespace.com

DANI is a singer-songwriter and folk musician from the Armagh-Monaghan border. Her sound is inspired by the Irish traditional melodies she was raised with, her songs are reminiscent of celtic folk tales.
As this year’s Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival Artist In Residence DANI supported Rufus Wainright, Joshua Burnside, The Eskies, Say Sue Me and Sneaks. She has performed to sold out audiences in St Anne’s Cathedral and The Marquee including a headline show in The Black Box.
DANI released a collaborative version of The Mother Within with Indonesian percussionists KunoKini in June 2019. Together DANI + KunoKini toured extensively in Northern Ireland and Java, Indonesia. They have showcased their collaborative material at the Matasora World Music Festival in Bandung, WeTheFest in Jakarta including sold out shows in Java and Bali. They also performed sold out shows at Stendhal Music Festival, Belfast Mela, Armagh Blues Festival, the Oh Yeah Centre, The Strand Music Centre and The Black Box including a slot on UTV prime time news.
DANI composed the music for the play ‘The Silver Branch’ a collaborative project with playwright Alice Malseed which explores the narrative surrounding the contemporary debate on reproductive rights through the lens of celtic mythology. She will release pieces from the The Silver Branch in Winter 2020.
DANI has toured Ireland and Europe sharing stages with Wallis Bird, Cathy Davey, Her Crooked Heart, Mary Coughlan, Mongoose, Alfí and Lemoncello.
'Wowing audiences with virtuoso guitar playing and highly individualistic self- penned songs’. Songlines Magazine
‘A multi-instrumentalist with a remarkable knack for eking out sublime, burrowing melodies evocative of Irish traditional music.’ The Thin Air
'Powerfully arresting' Ruth Smith RTÉ Radio One