The composer, songwriter, guitarist and virtuoso melodeon player will be performing in ……….location ……….with renditions of Bach, traditional jigs and reels, folk songs and his signature c1880 polyphon machine. A restored Victorian music machine that provides his unique accompaniments to tunes like The Cumberland Reel and or classic folk songs such as Canadee IO.
Originally from Oxfordshire, though now Glasgow-based this folk singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist was featured in fRoots magazine’s pick of 2018 whilst his acoustic songs were described by Songlines magazine as “future classics”.
Luke developed a passion for Irish traditional music before the age of 10, learning to play the melodeon from a six-time Connaught champion Paddy Coyne who ran a local Irish music pub but also remembers being enthralled by the folk songs and tunes of his own Scottish and English parents who played tinwhistle and concertina. His abilities as a finger style guitarist and song writer flowered in his teens upon discovering acoustic singers such as Nick Drake and John Martyn. In his early twenties he won the BBC Young Tradition Award before touring as a member of De Dannan and the Riverdance band where he also learned piano on the concert Steinways stored in theatres across Canada and the US.
Over twenty years Luke has recorded and produced a range of acclaimed solo albums including The Mighty Box and Lost Music of the Gaels, delivered numerous live sessions, received airplay on BBC Radio 2 and 3, and performed at many the UK’s top festivals including Cambridge Folk and Glastonbury. The Guardian described him as “a musical force to reckon with.”
Luke’s current collaborations range from the Irish singer Cara Dillon to Scots Gaelic singer Sineag McIntyre and the English folk musician and 2016 BBC Folk Singer of the Year Nancy Kerr. Alongside his past work with The London Philharmonic Orchestra on the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit soundtracks and an official showcase at the International Folk Alliance conference in Kansas City in 2016.
In addition to a busy festival season coming up in 2019 and two duo tours with Nancy Kerr, Luke has found time to write and produce two new projects, his fourth songs album “Old Friends and Exhausted Enemies” which features the Donegal Abbey Singers as well as musicians from the Ulster Orchestra and a solo folk song cycle based on Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.
With a beguiling blend of heartfelt lyrics and instrumental virtuosity, Luke breathes new life into traditional music, letting it mix with contemporary originals and even the occasional popular music cover. Expect haunting vocals, tunes and songs, endearing anecdotes and virtuosic instrumental playing via a unique voice and musical imagination.
Canadee IO with polyphon
Luke Daniels plays Badeinerie by J.S. Bach
Guitar solo into song ‘How Will I Know’
Stone & Quarter
“Daniels is a musician with his finger on the pulse and an uncanny ability to impart genuine warmth through his songs. The man is clearly a bona fide original” Folk Radio UK
“A melodeon virtuoso” Mark Radcliffe BBC R2 Folk Programme
“An enthralling combination of the aural tradition with the digital and mechanical ages” Acoustic Magazine
“Stunningly powerful” Maverick
“An enchanting delight” ★★★★★ Songlines