Dan is an experienced banjo teacher who teaches private lessons in person and over skype – just head to the contact page to arrange! He can teach from the beginning or help intermediate/advanced players to hone technique or take their playing in new directions. He is also an experienced banjo workshop leader and has taught alongside some of the biggest names in American banjo at banjo camps in the USA as well as at many folk festivals throughout the world. He also teaches several music students specialising in banjo at universities in the UK. He has also released a book of banjo tablature and is working on an online video series.
Dan has retained a huge passion for outreach work working in the fields of mental health, the elderly, people living with dementia and children and adults with special educational needs. He particularly specialises in playing in nursing homes with concerts combining the best of well known material to stir memories with upbeat folk music to get feet tapping! Much of this work was done through the prestigious Live Music Now scheme which included a memorable residency at a Surrey care home which rekindled the musical and personal fire in former musician Glen Mason who was one of the residents. Dan’s song ‘The Song Always Stays’ was inspired by the experience and Live Music Now subsequently launched a campaign for music in care homes using the name of the song. Dan now works independently so can be contacted directly for bookings. He also works with the Music In Hospitals scheme.
Dan is an experienced leader of more general music workshops with adults and in both mainstream and special educational needs schools. Projects have included a concert with a band of hundreds of schoolchildren at Wembley Arena, the recording of a single and video with teenagers in Cardiff and leading a community choir. Dan currently works with Make Some Noise, an organisation based in Staffordshire helping children and young people to experience music making.