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Dan is a London-based composer and guitarist. He uses a range of extended techniques in the service of emotive, soothing, melody-driven fingerstyle acoustic guitar pieces, featuring rich chords and lush textures, His playing and compositions have drawn praise from the likes of Martin Simpson, Jon GommPierre BensusanClive CarrollTrevor Gordon HallThomas LeebAdam Miller and many others.

Dan has performed (both solo and in bands) across the UK and abroad. He has headlined his own solo shows; performed at festivals (including Tommy Emmanuel’s TommyFest, several sets at Glastonbury, and regularly at Small World), workshops, weddings, charity events, street parties and house concerts; supported world-renowned artists (such as Martin SimpsonDanny Thompson and Trevor Gordon Hall); and shared bills with – among many others – Sam CarterSean Taylor, Chris WoodsWill McNicol, Michael WattsAmrit SondTrouble Over Tokyo (now Sohn), Charlie LewisThe Jay Rayner Jazz QuartetElliott MorrisNathan BallJacqui BastekJacob SzuleckiRichard Moss and, er, … Ed Sheeran (admittedly when Ed was rather younger and less famous)! 

In 2022, Dan entered his first (and, to date, only) guitar competition, placing in the European Fingerstyle Collective (online) contest.

A sensitive guitarist making beautiful music with a great vibe, in quest for the best sound and mood. Something to soothe you in the middle of the ambient chaos of life. – Pierre Bensusan (guitarist and composer), France

His influences range from fellow fingerstylers (e.g. Michael Hedges, Pierre Bensusan, Andy McKee, Sergio Altamura, Preston Reed, Will Ackerman and Justin King, to name but a few) to Steve Reich, Orbital, Squarepusher, early Smashing Pumpkins, Global Communications and many others.

Dan picked up the guitar in his teens, and began writing music (frequently in alternate tunings, often fingerpicked) immediately. He subsequently played in several bands (mostly electric guitar – Judas!), and worked as a recording engineer, music producer and session guitarist (with credits including Thames Television, Teatro Vivo, Goldie’s Metalheadz, J Majik, Infrared Recordings and Warner Brothers ). From around 2004, he began focusing on acoustic fingerstyle, typically writing in alternative tunings and often in a variety of time signatures. Dan is principally self-taught, though has since 2008 attended a number of seminars and residential workshops with fingerstyle luminaries, including Andy McKeePierre BensusanJon GommDon RossThomas LeebDeclan ZapalaClive Carroll, Mike Dawes and Martin Simpson.

To this day, at least on his website, Dan continues to boast about himself in the third person, compete with copious name dropping (those names in bold are all links, by the way).

“Wonderful, beautiful playing. In my mind and heart, this is the epitome of what great acoustic guitar music sounds like!” – Beth Houskamp, Pasadena, California


Dan is currently recording his debut fingerstyle album (one of several composed). It’ll consist of a variety of mellow tunes – from stripped back solo instrumental acoustic pieces to lush orchestrations featuring electric guitar, piano, percussion, strings and even a smidge of choir.

He’s also working on a few other projects … including videos, covers and collaborations – including two Candyrat Records video features, two with FretMonkey Records and one with G7th – The Capo Company.

Tabulature will be available for most of the pieces. 

Huge thanks to Clive Carroll for his compositional input on a few pieces, and to Declan Zapala and Ben Cartwright for assistance with pre-production on some of the tracks. 

He’s also working on a few other projects … including videos, covers and collaborations. More to be revealed in due course!


Production credits include artists and bands in his own studio, bespoke audio design for theatre, and live engineering at various venues.

Dan has played session guitar (including for Goldie’s Metalheadz, J Majik, Infrared Recordings, Warner Brothers and Thames Television) and recorded or played live with musicians including: 

  • Ron Wikso – drummer for CherRichie Sambora (Bon Jovi)ForeignerDavid Lee Roth (Van Halen)The StormGregg Rolie (Santana/Journey), Eddie Money, CCR (Creedence Clearwater Revisited), Player (featuring Ronn Moss & Peter Beckett),Randy Meisner (the Eagles), Denny Laine (Paul McCartney & Wings/The Moody Blues), Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon/Ted Nugent/Jimmy Barnes), Michael Monarch (Steppenwolf), Dave Meniketti (Y&T), George Burns, Sammy Davis Jr., Peggy Lee and many others
  • Kofi Kari Kari – percussion for Tom Jones, Phil Collins, Soul II Soul, Jamiroquai, Chaka Khan, Chris de Burgh, Michael Bolton, Vanessa Mae, Ricky Martin, Rebel MC, Westlife, Julio Iglesias, East 17, etc
  • Will McNicol – sublime fingerstyle guitarist
  • Charlie Lewis – composer, pianist, electronic wizardary and more, on his own solo projects and with Reeps One, Matthew Whitehouse, Fawn, Danny Ladwa, Emma Ballantine, Uppercut Band, Solo Banton, Earl Sixteen, Marla Brown, Hollie Stephenson, Resonators, Lady Leshurr, Portico Quartet, SMB crew, Bad Science, Outerlectuals, Kenny Parrish (Ghost) and Paul Jones (MDS) of Life4Land
  • Tim Dahl – bassist in Child Abuse, Grid, Lydia Lunch Retrovirus, Pulverize The Sound and The Hub 
  • Mark Knight– violin for Massive Attack, Tricks Upon Travellers, etc
  • Sam Chara – soprano singer-songwriter and cabaretiere
  • Clementine Lovell (Pop Up Opera) and Josephine Mortimer (Lovell/Mortimer)
  • Ilana Lorraine – vocals
  • Lee Nicklen – keys, programming for Kayotix, Baby Charles and music on more computer games than you can shake a stick at
  • Larrick Ebanks – vocals for Ruby Turner, Black Sabbath and many more 
  • Elma Houghton – saxophone and clarinet solo and with Duncan Disorderly and the Scallywags, One Roots, The Spoken Herd’ Hip Hop band, Dr Bluegrass and the Illbilly 8, Billy Rowan the Undercover Hippy, etc
  • Jamie Fagg – trombone for Bussetti, Funk Force Five and others
  • James Hume = drums for Nine Ashes, Jeremy Warmsley, Simon Mastrantone

… and many others …

Dan’s undergraduate thesis was on the socio-cultural significance of the guitar in post-war Britain.


Since 2017, Dan has been hosting private fingerstyle concerts. Past performers have included Don RossDerek GripperTrevor Gordon HallJulia Schüler, Clive Carroll, Will McNicol and Sonke Meine.  If you’re interested in playing or attending, please do get in touch.


Dan is co-organiser of the Rec.Music Makers Guitar Acoustic (RMMGA) UK annual guitar gathering. an annual residential guitar retreat set over a long weekend. The event has been running since 1997. It’s hosted performances (and often workshops too) from the likes of Clive Carroll, John Renbourn, Will McNicol, Sam Carter, Jon Gomm, Gordon Giltrap, Michael Watts, Wiz Jones, Declan Zapala, Steve Tilston, Ben Powell, Chris Woods, and (Gr)Amrit Sond. 

Some of the attendees at the RMMGA UK Gathering #19