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Danny Knicely comes from a musical family steeped in a mountain music tradition for generations. He first learned music from his grandfather, A.O. Knicely, who has been playing dances and social events in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia since the 1930's. Danny has used his roots in old-time and bluegrass to explore various types of music from around the world. He has shared his music and collaborated with musicians in a dozen countries spanning four continents, including U.S. State Department tours in Tunisia, Morocco, and Russia.

Danny is also musical director for the Mountain Music Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving traditional musicians worldwide, and he plays a major role in a feature length documentary film called “The Mountain Music Project”. The film follows two Appalachian musicians on a journey through the Himalayas of Nepal and the mountains of Virginia while they experience the extraordinary connections between these two mountain cultures.

As a multi-instrumentalist, Danny has won many awards for his mandolin, guitar, and fiddle expertise, including first place in the mandolin contest at the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival. His masterful mandolinistry and original compositions can be heard on his debut album “Roots and Branches” and his colorful, versatile, acoustic guitar picking can be heard on his latest release "Waltz for Aimee".

Danny is an avid music educator whose students have gone on to attain degrees at institutions such as Berklee College of Music and Oberlin Conservatory. He has also taught at some of the leading music camps in the U.S. including Augusta Heritage Center, Common Ground on the Hill, Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, and Millwood Blues Week.

As a very sought after session musician, producer, and arranger, Danny appears on countless recordings and has recorded with: {see list here}

Danny has the chameleon-like ability to blend into almost any musical situation and has appeared with many top Bluegrass, Old-time, Swing, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Folk, Latin, Country, Irish, Americana, and World Music artists including: {see list here}

Danny has years of experience as a professional musician and has performed at: {see list here}

Danny Knicely, Jan Knutson, and Aimee Curl using P-84 guitar and mandolin instrument mics at the Strathmore Theater, Maryland.




'I play high quality vintage acoustic instruments. It dawned on me that I should be playing into microphones of equal quality. I was very happy to find that some of the best mics on the market are made by Peluso right here in my home-state of Virginia. Since I've acquired the P-84, it has been my go-to mic for both mandolin and guitar. I was also very pleased to find that the P-84 reproduces an acoustic bass-fiddle most excellently. Until now, the bass has been one of the more difficult instruments to capture.
I've also made a couple recordings with a stereo pair of P-84s and am very pleased with the results. Performing live and in the studio has instantly become more satisfying with the use of these Peluso microphones.'

-Danny Knicely









Danny Knicely performing at the
Watermelon Park Fest using the
P-84 instrument mic.



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