O’Neill’s Tunes (NEW ALBUM)

O’Neill’s Tunes (NEW ALBUM)

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After the success of the book O’Neill’s Tunes For Clawhammer Banjo, here is the album of all those tunes with just a guitar accompaniment. This is Dan doing what he does best – jigs, reels and hornpipes played in clawhammer banjo style. It’s the album he’s wanted to make for years of the tunes that made him fall in love with music.

Renowned and respected banjo man Dan finally gets to release the album that he always dreamed of recording.

Much sought after banjo man Dan took to the instrument at an early age and growing up in Staffordshire his parents inadvertently found the ideal tutor for him in the form of the legendary George Davies. At this point in life Dan’s heroes were tenor banjo players Barney McKenna and Gerry O’Connor but lessons with George led to Dan learning, via the work of Ken Perlman as well, how to combine the grace and melody of playing tenor with the percussive rhythmic style of clawhammer banjo to create a unique approach to the instrument.

His love of music took him to Newcastle to study a degree in Folk music, leading to Dan becoming an in demand musician solo, in duos, as part of collaborations, and in the Urban Folk Quartet releasing albums and touring the UK and across the world playing concerts and festivals in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and Europe, but he always had the idea of recording an album of Irish tunes arranged for the banjo, and now finally with this set O’Neill’s tunes he has. He arranged and compiled the tunes for banjo during lockdowns and a hugely successful book made it on to the shelves of many a book store but didn’t stay there long such was the demand and interest, and now that teenage dream has become a reality with the recording and release of the album.

Subtitled A collection of Jigs, Reels and Hornpipes from the O’Neill’s collection of dance tunes arranged for clawhammer banjo it will appeal to fans not only of the banjo, dance tunes and Irish music but admirers of well crafted & played albums.

Numerous sets of tunes adorn the album, some familiar to players and attendees of sessions, where Dan first learned and played many of them, and some less so. Underpinned by his own guitar playing free flowing and fluent banjo lines float over the solid rhythms from the opening strains of ‘Old Bush’ through to album concluder some 14 tunes and sets later in ‘Will You Come Down To Limerick’.

‘Buy this album and marvel at his skill. Even better, go and hear him play live and count his fingers’ – FOLKING.COM

Fortune By Design

Fortune By Design

Everyone at the concert also wondered why these two had never teamed up before. An excellent, uplifting and cheering experience!”

— Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention)

It was a special, special night, thanks to the talented Brooks Williams & Dan Walsh. You must see/book this duo if you are able – they’re brilliant. The gig was up there with the best we have put on”

— Martin Richards (BGR Events)

Brooks and Dan were amazing, such fabulous musicians and entertainers, blew the place away!”

— Johnny Fewing’s (Whitstable Sessions)

Brooks Williams & Dan Walsh


Admired by both listeners and fellow musicians alike, Brooks Williams and Dan Walsh combine talents for an extraordinary collaboration of British and Americana roots music.

Each is a leading light on their respective instruments and they both bring buckets of charisma and talent to the stage. Add to that poignant songs and lively humour and the result is a truly remarkable duet. They will simply knock your socks off.

In 2020, they released a video of the Jimmie Davis and Eva Sargent classic, Columbus Stockade Blues. The response was instant and positive. You should do more of this, the predominant reaction.

And so they have.

With a few gigs under their belt, including Whitstable Sessions in Kent, Maverick Festival in Suffolk, and AVH Concerts in Derbyshire, Williams and Walsh have officially combined forces. Their repertoire includes their own songs and tunes, as well as classics from The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Norman Blake, Bessie Smith and Nanci Griffith.

Brooks Williams plays guitar with ‘melodic virtuosity’ (IRISH NEWS), effortlessly combining old-time fingerpicking, country flat picking and bluesy backbeats. He’s rated one of the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists and is ‘quite simply one of the most unassuming, natural performers on the circuit’ (FATEA).

BBC Folk Awards ‘Best Musician’ nominee Dan Walsh plays British, Irish and American folk music. His ‘virtuoso playing’ (MORNING STAR) features a unique and dazzling take on clawhammer style banjo helping to challenge all preconceptions about the instrument. ‘Absolutely terrific’ (Mark Radcliffe, BBC RADIO 2).

Live At The Floodgate

Live At The Floodgate


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Recorded before the first lockdown, Live At The Floodgate is the first live outing for top banjo player, singer and guitarist Dan Walsh. Recorded in his spiritual home of Stafford, the album sees a varied set featuring material from each of his five critically acclaimed albums as well as brand new material and old live favourites that have never been recorded before such as his version of Johnny Handle’s ‘Jack Crawford’ and his slap guitar version of Paul Simon’s ‘You Can Call Me Al’.

‘Live records can sometimes be a filler, a stopgap between studio recordings. This is decidedly not so, standing both as a primer for anyone unfamiliar with Walsh and being the greatest hits for those already fans. The joy and pleasure Walsh exudes in this live performance is striking. Live at the Floodgate captures the magic and glow of Walsh at his very best’ – FOLK RADIO

‘Live At The Floodgate puts together some of Dan’s best material and is a very varied set. If you think you don’t like banjo, take a listen or, better still, catch Dan live. It’s by far the best way’ – FOLKING.COM

Before the album’s official release, it is available only at gigs or by ordering direct from Dan via the paypal link.

O’Neill’s Tunes For Clawhammer Banjo (BOOK)

O’Neill’s Tunes For Clawhammer Banjo (BOOK)


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Well look at that, just in time for Christmas it’s here! My new book is available on Amazon in most countries. It’s my clawhammer arrangements of tunes from the legendary O’Neill’s collection of traditional Irish jigs, reels and hornpipes.
Included are lots of tunes in different keys within the same tuning so you can build up some sets of tunes for medleys in sessions rather than having to retune or recapo all the time! However, there are plenty of tunes in G tuning, double C tuning and sawmill as well as one in my newly invented A major tuning that allows the banjo to get those lower notes of a tune that are usually out of our range.
Please note the book is not aimed at beginners – the tunes are quite challenging although there is a fairly wide cross section of difficulties and there are a lot of detailed notes on how best to approach tabs in general and these tunes in particular. So hopefully there’s something for everyone.
It’s been a fun ride getting all of this together and I’ve discovered lots of fantastic new tunes in the process!

Tabs From The Vaults

Tabs From The Vaults

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One of the UK’s top clawhammer banjo players compiles a selection of tablature of clawhammer banjo compositions and arrangements taken from four studio albums. Dan Walsh has been described as ‘one of the banjo’s true innovators’ (Banjo Newsletter) and has toured the world with his unique take on the style.

This long awaited book sees his tabs published for the first time with a helpful guide to approaching the learning of the material also included. The tabs reflect Dan’s eclectic approach to banjo playing with a cross section of the many genres and styles he performs. Included are Celtic style tunes such as jigs and reels, bluegrass inspired tunes, an insight into Dan’s funky percussive style alongside his unique Eastern European and Indian influenced tunes. Aimed primarily at intermediate to advanced players.



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‘There really is no better banjo player in the country than Dan Walsh and this is his best album yet’ – R2
‘The breadth of stylistic invention is dazzling in keeping with the unchallengeable virtuoso playing’ – FROOTS
‘The tunes on the album are presented with precision, a dynamic that is both beautiful and fulfilling, a triumvirate that extends the passion in Dan Walsh ten-fold, Trio is quite extraordinary!’ – LIVERPOOL SOUND AND VISION
‘A lot to enjoy’ – SONGLINES
‘A real show stopper’ – FOLKING.COM
‘Dan’s approach to composition has this extra effort that reaches further and digs deeper—and they don’t end until they’re proven. Along the way he’s discovering and uncovering voices in the banjo that have often remain untouched’ – BANJO NEWSLETTER

After two stripped back solo albums, Dan Walsh returns with a brand new album featuring the new Dan Walsh trio with award winning fiddler Ciaran Algar (Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar, Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys) and mandolin maestro Nic Zuppardi (Shackleton Trio).

After two successful UK and European tours for the trio, the new material is now captured on record. Four of the numbers were premiered on BBC Radio Scotland with presenter Bruce MacGregor pronouncing Dan ‘one of the most incredible musicians I’ve heard in years’. Once again, the album is produced by long-time collaborator Mark Hutchinson.

The trio features virtuoso picking, sweet harmonies and imaginative arrangements. The album features Dan’s trademark wide range of influences centred principally around Scottish and Irish folk and bluegrass. It features seven instrumentals including hard driving bluegrass-style ‘Late Night Drive’, Celtic influenced ‘Tuesday Night Session’ and ‘Plan B’ as well as an imaginative Indian-influenced ‘Lydian Set’ and an African flavoured number ’80 Years Of Pleasant Half Hours’.

The five songs primarily focus on real life characters including a moving story of a homeless lady Dan met in Vancouver (‘Life On The Ground’) and a homage to a charismatic street cleaner in Dan’s hometown of Stafford (‘Same Time Different Place’). There’s also a cover of classic bluegrass standard ‘Sleep With One Eye Open’.

Verging On The Perpendicular

Verging On The Perpendicular

‘Dan’s astounding playing has it all, in spades, and his original songs are cool too’ – FROOTS

‘A real world class banjo player, terrific’ – TOM ROBINSON, BBC RADIO 6


‘If one name is synonymous with the revival of interest in the banjo it’s Dan Walsh’ – LIVING TRADITION

‘An accomplishment surely all folk and roots artist strive for: fresh reinvention of the old’ – FATEA

‘Reaffirms Walsh’s position as the pre-eminent British banjo player’ – ROCK SOCIETY

‘Well worth repeated listening’ – SONGLINES

‘The perfect balance of authenticity and flair’ – FOLK RADIO

‘Dan Walsh is a singular talent and the British roots scene should be glad to own him’ – R2

‘Dan walsh is poised to do for old time banjo what Bela Fleck did for bluegrass banjo: create something new, exciting and uncategorizable and achieve international stardom in the process’ – SAN DIEGO TROUBADOUR

‘Through imagination and great playing Walsh has produced a banjo album that’s not just a ‘banjo album’. If he set out to change opinions of the banjo, he is acheiving it’ – BRIGHT YOUNG FOLK

‘His incredible mastery of the instrument and ability to draw so much from the banjo that elevates his playing to another level’ – FOLKWORDS

‘When played by Dan Walsh, the banjo becomes an instrument of beauty and intrigue’ – SHIRE FOLK

‘Few banjo players can match Dan Walsh for range of repertoire, technique and imaginative compositions. His latest recording showcases this in both instrumental and singer-songwriter ability’ – TYKES NEWS

‘Mixes the traditional and the modern to great effect, this album spins with delight’ – LIVERPOOL SOUND AND VISION

After being nominated as Musician of the Year at the BBC Folk Awards, banjo maestro Dan Walsh returns with another exciting new album. Verging On The Perpendicular sees Dan Walsh revisiting his first musical love, that of traditional Irish and Scottish folk music but as usual with Dan there’s a fairly eclectic range of music, but particular focus is on revisiting his past influences. The new album comprises traditional tracks including a pair of Irish polkas, a jig and a reel mixed with two of his own compositions and a wonderful old song called The Suilin. Alongside this there’s a tune of his called The Vaults influenced by his great mentor Ken Perlman whose speciality is arranging a reel with variations rather than the traditional medley option. There’s even a pair of 7/8 tunes, the second of which was written as it sounded like an Irishman writing a Bulgarian tune!

As usual some of the original songs are influenced by his travelling the world, Leave This Land is about his sadness of leaving New Zealand after such a wonderful month there, Want What You Don’t Have recalls the many conversations he had with people about the pros and cons of the travelling musician’s life and Going To The USA tells the traumatic story of getting hold of a work visa in time for his first tour there. Indeed there are plenty of nods to his love of American roots music too. Funky Haystack showcases his love of funky banjo while Leave This Land is bluegrass through and through. There’s also a dose of the blues in Out Of Here, one of two tracks to feature Urban Folk Quartet colleague Tom Chapman on percussion.

Incidents and Accidents

Incidents and Accidents


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‘a shift in focus towards the importance of lyrics but no sense of playing down his ever brilliant banjo playing”shows Dan’s versatility in the most persausive light’ (FROOTS)

‘Absolutely terrific’ (MARK RADCLIFFE, BBC RADIO 2)

‘Proves he can match up virtuoso playing with winning songwriting’ (MORNING STAR)

‘This artist and this album are an inspiration. Get it. Hear it. Treasure it’ (MAVERICK)

Staggering virtuoso picking, an excellent voice and finely crafted lyrics’ (ROCK SOCIETY)

‘His banjo playing is second to none on the UK scene and he’d put many to shame in the US too’ (R2)

‘A must for your collection’ (LIVING TRADITION)

‘the voice has an appealing catch and when the fingers touch the strings, there are angels in the architecture’ (FATEA)

‘A banjo masterclass’ (SONGLINES)

‘Clawhammer is his forte and he shows it to fine advantage’ (ACOUSTIC)

‘A perfect blend of breathtaking playing with a gift for telling a story making for an exceptional record all round’ (FOLK RADIO)

‘A must have addition to any self discerning music fan’s collection’ (RHYTHM AND BOOZE)

‘A collection of the finest tunes you’ll hear this year’ (ARTREE)

INCIDENTS & ACCIDENTS is the highly anticipated follow up to Dan Walsh’s critically acclaimed SAME BUT DIFFERENT album release. On the new album we get to hear Dan in a more stripped back format with just a few guest appearances from Patsy Reid (fiddle), Nic Zuppardi (mandolin), Mark Hutchinson (percussion/vocals) and Canadian singer Meaghan Blanchard. The album was also produced by Mark Hutchinson at his Rooksmere Studios, known for producing albums by Blair Dunlop, Fabian Holland and of course Walsh & Pound. There are seven songs and four instrumentals. The song lyrics are a major focus on this album but there is still plenty of Dan’s signature fast and furious banjo playing to keep the fans happy. Of the livelier songs Time To Stay tells of Dan’s mixed emotions of moving back to his home town of Stafford after six years living in Newcastle upon Tyne along with the bluegrass inspired Lost Rambler , showing his love of the mountain music minor tunings. Of the slower songs, the contemplative Dancing In The Wind and The Song Always Stays are perfect examples, the former telling of a moving moment on a family holiday in Ireland and the latter relates to Dan and Nic Zuppardi’s experience of playing a gig to Scottish singer Glen Mason in a Surrey care home and rekindling his love of singing and performing in his twilight years. Dan originally started playing banjo due to his love of Scottish and Irish jigs and reels and the aptly named The Tune Set contains four tunes from a slow air building right up to a fast and furious reel with names inspired from touring from the Isle of Barra to New Zealand. To complete the musical world tour, Whiplash Reel displays Dan’s new found passion for Indian classical music.

The Same But Different

The Same But Different

‘Eclectically inspired and consistently brilliant’ – Froots

‘If anyone succeeds in making the banjo cool it will be Dan Walsh, he can play it all’ – R2

‘Reaches dizzying heights, wonderful’ – Acoustic

‘Breathtaking’ – Songlines

‘Highly recommended, a cracker’ – Fatea

‘No style out of his reach, incredible talent’ – Bright Young Folk

‘Some musicians are gloriously open and fortunately Dan Walsh is one of them, you can’t help but be swept along’ – Properganda

‘An essential purchase’ – Roots of the World

The long awaited second solo album from the UK’s finest clawhammer banjoist is now out featuring the Dan Walsh Band alongside several solo tracks. The band is:

  • Dan Walsh: Banjo, Vocals, Guitar
  • Rachel Newton: Harp, Vocals
  • Christi Andropolis: Fiddle, Vocals
  • Nic Zuppardi: Mandolin
  • Jon Proud: Bass
  • Adam Sinclair: Drums, Percussion

Including live favourites ‘More About You’, ‘When A Man’s In Love’ and ‘At Least Pretend’ alongside a clutch of new songs and tunes featuring an amazing band who’ve worked with The Shee, The Unthanks, Therapy, New York Dolls and Bellowhead among others. Also see the video below for an interview preview of the album from Dan.

Tomorrow’s Still To Come

Tomorrow’s Still To Come


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‘An amazing debut album from the new kid on the block – move over Mr Lakeman, the banjo virtuoisity is truly amazing’ MAVERICK MAGAZINE

‘One of the banjo’s true innovators, I can’t wait to hear what he comes up with next’ – BANJO NEWSLETTER

‘An exciting debut from an energetic banjoist’ – FROOTS

‘Stunning player destined for great things’ – LIVING TRADITION

This is his first solo album featuring a multitude of styles from the banjo-led funk of ‘Hammer and Nail’ and ‘Deep Down’, to the Arabic sounding banjo-harp duet ‘Mwashah/Egypt Cottage’ to the bluegrass of ‘Every Day Is A Better Day’, even delving into Northumbrian folk on ‘Northumberland and Back’.

Assisted by an excellent supporting cast of fine players on harmonica, bass, drums, harp, flute, piano and pipes, this is an eclectic and entertaining debut showcasing an extremely fine and creative banjoist.


  • Dan Walsh: Banjo, Vocals, Guitars
  • Rachel Newton: Harp, Vocals
  • Will Pound: Harmonica
  • Sean Taylor: Bass
  • Will Schrimshaw: Drums
  • Kieran Szifiris: Flute
  • Paul Knox: Northumbrian Pipes
  • Luke Martin: Piano